Category Archives: Finance

BusinessWeek: Structuring a Business with Investors in Mind


In the early days of starting a business, you might be tempted to gloss over ownership structure, equity stakes, and other seemingly boring details. After all, you might think, as long as you keep taxes low, paperwork uncomplicated, and partners motivated, better to deal with the big stuff first. But these decisions can have a significant cost down the road, particularly for entrepreneurs who seek outside investors.  Read more of my latest column at businessweek.com

BusinessWeek: Get your personal finances in order before startup


Aspiring entrepreneurs preparing to start businesses will find that savings, credit access, and credit scores matter more than market research and investor presentations

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BusinessWeek: Making your business more appealing to lenders

As the recovery limps along, small business owners looking for bank credit and loan officers assessing their applications have their work cut out for them.  Read more from my latest story for Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

BusinessWeek: Don’t undercut your equity stake

By Monica Mehta

After a decade’s lull, the IPO is back, stoking dreams of entrepreneurs looking to cash out. Yes, dramatic market swings have changed some game plans recently, but in the first two quarters of 2011, 79 companies issued initial public offerings generating $24.3 billion, more than double the amount raised in the same period last year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Often overlooked by newbies: By the time a company is ready to go public, the founders usually have diluted their personal ownership stakes considerably through previous financing rounds.

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Fox: Are public unions loosing influence?

Monica Mehta Fox Business

Monica returns to Fox Business Cavuto to discuss growing M&A activity and the declining influence of public unions with legislators.

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BusinessWeek: Raising Seed Capital Now

Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money

By Monica Mehta

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BusinessWeek: Raising Capital With Convertible Notes

Converts look like equity, but taste like debt. To serial investors they’re brussel sprouts. But to certain entrepreneurs and angels, they’re what’s for dinner.

By Monica Mehta

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