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1 New Venture: The Opportunity Prof. Alexander Settles

2 New Ventures Fundamental realities –Most new ventures are works in process and works of art –Most business plans are obsolete at the printer –Speed, adroitness of reflex, and adaptability are crucial –The key to succeeding is failing quickly and recouping quickly

3 New Ventures Fundamental realities –Success is highly situational, depending on time, space, context, and stakeholders –The best entrepreneurs specialize in making “new mistakes” only –Starting a company is much harder than it looks, or you think it will be; but you can last a lot longer and do more than you think if you do not try to do it solo

4 Circle of Venture Capital Ecstasy

5 Where are Opportunities Born? Technology sea change –Moore’s Law – “The number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.” –Metcalf’s Law - the value of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system –Disruption Market sea change –Value chain disruption/ obsolescence/vulnerability –Deregulation

6 Where are Opportunities Born? Societal sea change –Changes in ways we live, learn, work, etc. –Gilder’s Law – the total bandwidth of communication systems triples every twelve months Brontosaurus factor –Arrogance –Loss of peripheral vision –Deadened reflexes – turning the tanker

7 Window of Opportunity





12 Evaluating Criteria for evaluating venture opportunity –Industry and market –Economics –Harvest issues –Competitive advantage issues –Management team issues –Personal criteria –Strategic differentiation


14 Brainstorming Rules Define your purpose Choose participants Choose a facilitator Brainstorm spontaneously, copiously No criticisms, no negatives

15 Screening Venture Opportunities

16 Anchors of Superior Businesses Create or add significant value to a customer or end user Solve a significant problem, or meet a significant want or need, for which someone is willing to pay a premium Are a good fit with the founder(s) and management team at the time and marketplace and with the risk-reward balance

17 Anchors of Superior Businesses Have robust market, margin, and moneymaking characteristics Strong and early free cash flow (recurring revenue, low assets, and working capital) High profit potential (10 to 15 percent + after tax) Attractive realizable returns for investors (25 to 30 percent + IRR)

18 Screening Methodologies Quick Screen –Provides a broad overview of an idea’s potential –Enables the entrepreneur to conduct a preliminary review and evaluation of an idea in a short period of time Venture Opportunity Screening Exercises (VOSE) –Segments the screening of ideas into extremely detailed but manageable pieces

19 The Business Plan

20 Business Plan Objectives –Carefully articulate the merits, requirements, risks, and potential rewards of the opportunity and how it will be seized –Demonstrate how the four anchors reveal themselves to the founders and investors by converting all the research, careful thought, and creative problem solving from the Venture Opportunity Screening Exercises into a thorough business plan

21 What Does It Reveal? A business plan for a high potential venture reveals the business’ ability to: –Create or add significant value to a customer or end user –Solve a significant problem, or meet a significant want or need for which someone will pay a premium –Have robust market, margin, and moneymaking characteristics –Fit well with the founder(s) and management team at the time, in the marketplace, and with the risk-reward balance

22 Business Plan I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY –Description of the business concept and the business opportunity and strategy –Target market and projections –Competitive advantages –Costs –Economics, profitability, and harvest potential –The team –The offering

23 Business Plan II.THE INDUSTRY AND THE COMPANY AND ITS PRODUCT(S) OR SERVICE(S) The industry The company and the concept The product(s) or service(s) Entry and growth strategy III. MARKET RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS Customers Market size and trends Competition and competitive edge Estimated market share and sales Ongoing market evaluation

24 Business Plan IV.THE ECONOMICS OF THE BUSINESS –Gross and operating margins –Profit potential and durability –Fixed, variable, and semivariable costs –Months to breakeven –Months to reach positive cash flow V. MARKETING PLAN –Overall marketing strategy –Pricing –Sales tactics –Service and warranty policies –Advertising and promotion –Distribution

25 Business Plan VI.DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN –Development status and tasks –Difficulties and risks –Product improvement and new products –Costs –Proprietary issues VII. MANUFACTURING AND OPERATIONS PLAN –Operating cycle –Geographical location –Facilities and improvements –Strategy and plans –Regulatory and legal issues

26 Business Plan VIII.MANAGEMENT TEAM –Organization –Key management personnel –Management compensation and ownership –Other investors –Employment and other agreements and stock option and bonus plans –Board of directors –Other shareholders, rights, and restrictions –Supporting professional advisors and services IX. OVERALL SCHEDULE X.CRITICAL RISKS, PROBLEMS, AND ASSUMPTIONS

27 Business Plan XI. THE FINANCIAL PLAN –Actual income statements and balance sheets –Pro forma income statements / forma balance sheets –Pro forma cash flow analysis –Breakeven chart and calculations –Cost control –Highlights

28 Business Plan XII.PROPOSED COMPANY OFFERING –Desired financing –Offering –Capitalization –Use of funds –Investor’s return XIII. APPENDICES

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