The Startup Station Blog

Finance & Strategy | Early-Stage Startups | Company Valuation | Financial Modeling

Top Three Fundraising Mistakes

If you are a startup founder raising capital for the first time, you are likely stressed out and scared. Don’t be! In this article and the corresponding video, we discuss the three most common mistakes inexperienced entrepreneurs make on their fundraising journey so that you can avoid falling...

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What Does a Startup Valuation REALLY represent?

“What is my startup worth?” “Is the valuation I am being offered fair?” Being confronted with having to value your venture without any financial data and often without proper finance training is the nightmare and reality of every startup founder. You don’t want to sell yourself short, and at...

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How to Make Your Startup Less Risky and More Fundable

Investing in early-stage startups is very risky. There is a lot of uncertainty around the business model, the product-market fit, and the team’s ability to execute. It is thus no surprise that investors are understandably cautious and jaded, especially given the dismal statistics of the startup...

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How to Make Your Pitch Stand Out

Fear of public speaking is a common affliction for many people. As a startup founder, not only do you have to face it head on, but the stakes for you are also much higher. You are not just doing it to win a competition at school, or to get a promotion at work. You are pitching your dream, your...

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Three Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Fail to Secure Funding

Fundraising is a daunting challenge, even for the best finance professionals, and downright scary for startup founders with no finance experience. According to Fundable and Entrepreneur, 565,000 startups are launched every year and just under 3% receive angel and VC investments. Entrepreneur...

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Six Tips for Doing Better Competitive Research

Competitive research is integral to any startup business plan. It demonstrates that there is a demand for the product or service to be launched and that other existing solutions meet this demand inadequately. Deep understanding of the competitive landscape enables a startup to really hone in on...

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Five Best Practices for Building a Financial Model

Financial models, or plans, are as important as business models. These two entities are the yin and the yang to solidifying a solid startup structure. In this article and the corresponding video, we discuss five of the best practices for building a robust financial model: Best Practice #1: Be...

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The Best Way for a Startup to Get Funded Faster is To Build Successful Relationships with Investors

Investors are not running a charity. The reason why investors make investments is that they believe they will make a profit. For them, it is a business transaction, that is researched heavily and thoroughly thought through. This further means that investors want to know the business they are...

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When Growth Backfires

In a market hungry for immediate results, there is always pressure to grow quickly. But is that always the right thing for the company’s overall strategy and long-term prospects? Here are four situations where rapid growth can backfire. 1. Unscalable business model If your business is not...

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Overview Of Cash Startup Costs

As a startup founder, you have to become familiar with basic accounting concepts. In this article and the corresponding video, we discuss how to categorize various cash expenses from your Income, or Profit & Loss, Statement properly. Not All Costs Are Cash Costs Not all costs are cash...

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