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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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.
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.
Check out my latest story for BusinessWeek: Five Ways to Cope with Rising Costs. From introducing new products to foreign markets, entrepreneurs in diverse industries share their strategies.
Conventional business planning teaches us how to identify risks, not how to take them. For aspiring entrepreneurs seeking to take a leap, learn from veteran entrepreneurs and the scientists that study them. Check out my latest story in BloombergBusinessWeek on how to take entrepreneurial risks.