Entrepreneurship

  1. What's the difference between pre-money and post-money?

    The short answer to the question is that they differ in timing of valuation. Both pre-money and post-money are valuation ...
  2. What is an earnings conference call?

    The earnings conference call is a way for companies to relay information to all interested parties, including institutional ...
  3. What does 'going public' mean?

    Going public refers to a private company's initial public offering (IPO), thus becoming a publicly traded and owned entity. ...
  4. My company has three partners but plans to hire more this year. Would we be better off with an SBO-401(k) or a SIMPLE IRA?

    It depends.The SBO-401(k) plan is suitable if the plan covers only the business owners - in this case, the partners in the ...
  5. Is there a difference between socially responsible investing (SRI) and green investing?

    There isn't a huge difference between socially responsible investing (SRI) and green investing; green investing is actually ...
  6. Who coined the term "entrepreneur"?

    For one, it wasn't Adam Smith. One person strangely overlooked in Smith's free market masterpiece, The Wealth of Nations, ...
  7. To whom was the term "corporate kleptocracy" first applied?

    The term "corporate kleptocracy" is believed to have originated in a 2004 report by the Special Committee of the Board of ...
  8. What recognized CEO earned the moniker "Neutron Jack"?

    When it was announced that Jack Welch would be taking over as head of General Electric (NYSE:GE), skeptics wondered how much ...
  9. Does investing in sustainable or "green" companies provide lower returns?

    To determine the kinds of returns that can be expected from investments in sustainable or "green" companies, the distinction ...
  10. What is an entrepreneur's elevator pitch?

    An important part of being an entrepreneur is pitching or making the case for the product, project or idea you intend to ...
  11. 8 Ways To Survive A Market Downturn

    Stay calm, play dead and keep your eyes open for attractive valuations.
  12. What Makes Investors Tick?

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  13. Elevator Pitch

    A slang term used to describe a brief speech that outlines an idea for a product, service or project. The name comes from ...
  14. Enduring Purpose

    A public statement regarding a company's core principles, defining values, as well as its short- and long-term goals. An ...
  15. Closing Bell

    A bell that rings to signify the end of a trading session. The closing bell occurs at 4:00 pm EST. Between 1870 and 1903, ...
  16. Baptism of Fire

    A difficult situation that a company or individual experiences that will result in either success or failure. Examples include ...
  17. Corporate Cannibalism

    An act of self-infringement upon market share by corporations through the issuance of new products. Also known as "market ...
  18. Honcho

    Slang term describing the leader, manager, chief or person in charge of an organization or a project. The CEO of a company ...
  19. Junior Capital Pool - JCP

    A corporate structure whereby companies can issue shares to the public before actually establishing a line of business. The ...
  20. Leprechaun Leader

    A corporate manager or an executive who, like the fabled Irish elf, is a mischievous and elusive creature said to possess ...
  21. Love Money

    Seed money or capital given by family or friends to an entrepreneur to start a business. The decision to lend money and the ...
  22. Marquee Asset

    A company's most prized asset, one that is a highly visible symbol of its success and often the biggest contributor to its ...
  23. Vulture Capitalist

    1. A slang word for a venture capitalist who deprives an inventor of control over his or her own innovations and most of ...
  24. Pre-Money Valuation

    A slang phrased that refers to the value of a company's stock before it goes public. The term is often used by venture capitalists. ...
  25. Regulation D - Reg D

    A Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation governing private placement exemptions. Reg D allows usually smaller ...
  26. Traunch

    One of a series of fund allotments earmarked for a specific purpose, such as a financing round in a start-up. Traunches are ...
  27. Travel Expenses

    The costs associated with traveling for the purpose of conducting business-related activities. Travel expenses can generally ...
  28. Development Stage

    A company that is in a preliminary or early state of its corporate life. A development stage company is characterized by ...
  29. Sunrise Industry

    A colloquial term for a sector or business that is in its infancy, but is growing at a rapid pace. A sunrise industry is ...
  30. Drive-By Deal

    Slang referring to a deal in which a venture capitalist invests in a startup with the goal of a quick exit strategy. The ...
  31. Siliconaires

    Slang referring to young dotcom entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s who found themselves suddenly rich due to stock options ...
  32. Soft Metrics

    A slang term for intangible indicators used to value a startup company (can be used for larger firms but hard metrics are ...
  33. Business Development Bank of Canada - BDC

    A financial institution that is wholly owned by the government of Canada providing financial and consulting services to small ...
  34. Microcredit

    An extremely small loan given to impoverished people to help them become self employed. Also known as "microlending" or ...
  35. CEO Confidence Survey

    A monthly survey of 100 CEOs from a variety of industries in the U.S. economy. The survey is conducted, analyzed and reported ...
  36. Chief Security Officer - CSO

    The company executive responsible for the security of personnel, physical assets and information in both physical and digital ...
  37. Drip Feed

    1. The process of investing on an ongoing basis in a small but growing firm over a period of time. Essentially, a drip feed ...
  38. Seasons

    The current stage of a proposed business idea or concept. Seasons is a slang term that is generally used among venture capitalists. ...
  39. Diluted Founders

    A slang term often used by venture capitalists to describe the process by which the founders of a startup gradually lose ...
  40. Pledge Fund

    A special type of fund in which members of the fund work toward a specific investment goal by making defined contributions ...
  41. Labor-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations - LSVCC

    A type of Canadian corporation created by a labor union that deals exclusively with providing venture capital. Unlike other ...
  42. Back Of The Napkin Business Model

    A slang term that refers to the representation of the basic components of a business model excluding any fine details. It ...
  43. Fat Cat

    A slang word used to describe executives who earn what many believe to be unreasonably high salaries and bonuses. These top ...
  44. Wash-Out Round

    A common round of financing to owners of small companies that are not yet financially stable. When such financing is done, ...
  45. Debt Signaling

    A theory that states that an announcement regarding a firm's debt can be used as a signal of the stock's future performance. ...
  46. Incubator Firm

    A firm engaged in the business of fostering early-stage companies through the developmental phases until such time as the ...
  47. Franchisee

    The party in a franchising agreement that is purchasing the right to use a business's trademarks, associated brands and other ...
  48. White Collar

    A working class that is known for earning high average salaries and not performing manual labor at their jobs. White collar ...
  49. Committed Capital

    A contractual agreement between an investor and a venture-capital fund that obligates the investor to contribute money to ...
  50. Financial Cooperative

    A financial institution that is owned and operated by its members. The goal of a financial cooperative is to act on behalf ...
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