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Monday, June 18, 2007

I read an interesting article for small businesses in the Sunday Times yesterday, "Think hard before selling a stake".

The article looked at the pros and cons of selling equity in small business. Lots of good points in the article, including a quote from Doug Richard, former Dragon and Chairman of Library House:

Any entrepreneurs who can get by without the cash for as long as possible are doing themselves a favour because whatever they can accomplish increases the value of the business and reduces the risk of the business - and therefore it means that whatever equity they do sell, they can sell less for more.

To me this is a very good point. For example, the other day I was speaking with a potential client who was considering a further round of funding to support sales expansion. We were discussing our proposals to help them get traction in a specific new market.

By bringing in a senior sales manager on a flexible contract, we can add value through testing the new market and establishing a beach-head. The company could then resource appropriately once the stage of the market was validated.

Plus any initial traction we achieve will make for a more attractive (and valuable) funding round.

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