Harvard Business Essentials: Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business

Harvard Business Essentials: Entrepreneur's Toolkit: Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business

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ISBN-10: 1591394368

ISBN-13: 9781591394365

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press


The New Manager's Guide and Mentor. The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical

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The New Manager's Guide and Mentor. The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience and will prove especially valuable for the new manager. To assure quality and accuracy, a specialized content adviser from a world-class business school closely reviews each volume. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591394365
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
Harvard Business Essentials
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
547,328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.77(d)

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Table of Contents

Introductionxi
1Self-Diagnosis: Do You Have the Right Stuff to Start a Business?1
The Makings of an Entrepreneur2
Background7
It May Be Right for You8
Summing Up9
2Finding and Evaluating the Opportunity: Is It Real and Large Enough?11
Characteristics of an Opportunity13
Where to Look for Opportunities20
From Identification to Evaluation24
Summing Up29
3Organizing the Enterprise: Which Form Is Best for You?31
Sole Proprietorship32
Partnership34
C Corporations38
S Corporations41
The Limited Liability Company42
Which Form Makes Sense for You?42
Summing Up44
4Building a Business Model and Strategy: How They Work Together47
Your Business Model48
Strategy53
Summing Up61
5Writing a Business Plan: The Basics63
The Purposes of a Business Plan65
Suggested Format66
Style77
Final Thoughts83
Summing Up84
6Financing the Business: Where's the Money?87
A Life-Cycle View of Financing88
Life-Cycle Financing of the Entrepreneurial Company95
Financing Growth at eBay102
Other Forms of External Financing106
Matching Assets and Financing107
Summing Up108
7Angels and Venture Capitalists: For Serious Outside Equity111
Business Angels113
Venture Capitalists117
Making a Presentation122
A Caveat on Taking VC Capital122
Summing Up127
8Going Public: Adventures in the Capital Markets129
Pros and Cons of Going Public131
The Makings of an IPO Candidate133
The Role of the Investment Bank135
The IPO Process in a Nutshell136
Alternatives to an IPO140
Summing Up142
9Enterprise Growth: The Challenge to Management143
The Impact of Growth144
Sustaining Growth146
The Management Challenge152
Is It Time to Change the Guard?157
Summing Up161
10Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive: The Ultimate Challenge of Success163
Three Challenges165
What Entrepreneurial Leaders Must Do168
Summing Up176
11Harvest Time: Reaping What You've Sown177
Why Entrepreneurs Cash Out178
Harvesting Mechanisms180
What's It Worth?185
Summing Up188
Appendix AUnderstanding Financial Statements191
Appendix BBreakeven Analysis207
Appendix CValuation Concepts211
Appendix DOnline Help When You Need It223
Appendix ERule 144227
Notes231
Glossary235
For Further Reading243
Index247
About the Subject Adviser257
About the Writer258

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