Determining Valuation Multiples Last week on MBA Mondays, I talked about valuing an internet marketplace business. In that post, I talked about using 1x gross marketplace transactions and 20x EBITDA as multiples to determine value. In the comments, I was asked about multiples for other sectors. That's a good question so I figured I'd show how to calculate multiples for various sectors. Webware - Cool Web apps for everyone Keedox Bluetooth Sport Earbuds Compact and lightweight, behind-the-head cable design, sweat-proof, stay-put, comfort ear tips, Bluetooth 4.0 w/ NFC 'quick-pairing', built-in mic for hands free and and great sound all at a super affordable, low price.
Palihapitiya Decries Airbnb's Recent $112M Funding for Founder Control - Kara Swisher Here’s some electric weekend reading for those interested in the push and pull between venture investors and start-ups in the frothy Web 2.0 environment. In an email to Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky (which I obtained, embedded below), former Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya, who now runs an investment fund called the Social+Capital Partnership, is passing on participating in the recent $112 million round for the hot online rental site that was announced in July. The deal — which values the company at $1.2 billion — has not officially closed yet, but includes venture firms such as DST Global, Andreessen Horowitz and others. Previous investors include Sequoia Capital. Palihapitiya confirmed to me that it was his email and that his possible investment in Airbnb was small. Another $9.6 million is being used to buy secondary stock from current Airbnb shareholders, who have to render parts of their vested stakes for the money.
3 Quick and Dirty Business Hacks My mother was a high school mathematics teacher and understood that kids learn best when learning is fun, so at a very young age she started teaching me math “tricks.” In the second grade she showed me how 9 times any number less than 10 was simply that number minus 1 concatenated with the sum of difference plus whatever it takes to get back to 9. For example, 9 x 8 is 8 minus 1 (7) concatenated with 9 minus 7 (2) — 72. I was hooked. Since then I have been fascinated with finding quick and dirty tricks to arrive at answers (or good approximations) to everything from the probability that my beloved Arizona Wildcats basketball team will win a game to market sizes and rates of return. Below are three of my favorite business hacks.
The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2010 This annual post is always the most popular one of the year. You might want to visit previous editions: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2009 The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education — 2008 Chamath Palihapitiya’s Statement On Airbnb Email Fiasco « UNCRUNCHED My mouth fell open, literally, as I read the extremely private email from investor Chamath Palihapitiya (pictured) to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky. The message in the email was fine, even reasonable. But the fact that it was leaked to the press, and contained so many incredibly sensitive confidential financial details about Airbnb and its founders, amazed me. Disclosure: CrunchFund is an investor in Airbnb. The face that the email was between just two people (meaning very low chance of a random leak) and was written way more carefully than quick communications normally are, led me to immediately assume that Palihapitiya has some kind of crazy agenda to hurt the company. Mouth still open, I was preparing to write a story about how suicidal this was for Palihapitiya – clearly no startup would ever trust him with confidential information again.
All Revenue is Not Created Equal: The Keys to the 10X Revenue Club May 24, 2011: May 24, 2011: [Follow Me on Twitter] “ Don’t you know that you are a shooting star,And all the world will love you just as long,As long as you are.” – Paul Rodgers, Shooting Star With the IPO market now blown wide-open, and the media completely infatuated with frothy trades in the bubbly late stage private market, it is common to see articles that reference both “valuation” and “revenue” and suggest that there is a correlation between the two.
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