Startup valuation methods

Early stage valuations, before Series B are very subjective. And it's best not to spend too much time on them.There are 4 main methods, and you can so several of them too, and weight them.

Current revenue multiplier

Annual recurring rev (ARR)
a) multiply by 6 to 8

Annual non-Saas Rev(AR)
b) multiply by 1 to 2

= Valuation (a + b)

Applies to revenue generating businesses

Valuation by stage

a) Stage

b) Country multiplier

= Valuation (a * b)

Idea: $500K-$1M
MVP: $1M-$2.5M
Live & Rev: $2M-$5M
Growing Rev: $5M-$10M
High Rev: $10M+

US*2, Australia*1, Germany*1.5, UK*1.5

Future valuation method

a) How much could the company be worth in 5 years

b) Your likely dilution %

c) (a*(1-b))

= Valuation c/10

The aim is to get 10 times return on your money.

Berkus method

Sound idea: 
_________ x $500,000 +
_________ x $500,000 +
Management team: 
_________ x $500,000 +
Strategic relationships: 
_________ x $500,000 +
Initial sales:
_________ x $500,000 +

= Valuation

Applies to pre-revenue businesses. For higher sales, multiply by 2
20% method: The best way to value your equity is the 20% method. How much capital do you need to reach the next round? That amount equals 20% of your equity. Of course this needs to be within reason, so do some homework.

Ask around: Read up, ask around, look at trends, see how you fit in the box, it isn’t exact and can be sorted out

Don’t set the price: talk about how much funding you need, and what you will do with it. Then in discussion work towards the 20% method, and talk about relevant deals in the market as a guide.

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