Category Archives: Start-up 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

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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: 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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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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ABC News Video: Borrowing money from friends and family

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Small business finance expert Monica Mehta of Seventh Capital talks about how to borrow money from friends and family for a small business, without loosing your friends and family.

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BusinessWeek: Post-Crisis Equity Financing

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By Monica Mehta

Entrepreneurs seeking early-stage capital must rethink strategies to suit investors’ expectations. HitFix shows how the landscape has changed. Venture capital returns over the past decade deserve two thumbs down. (Read More)