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How EBITDA-multiples compare over time in valuation
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How EBITDA-multiples compare over time in valuation

I recently analyzed how EBITDA-multiples compare over time in valuation, analyzing 5-years of EBITDA and business valuation data. Doing so, my focus was on industrial and technology companies. I also

This is what to look for in a shareholder agreement
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What to look for in a shareholder agreement

This is not a legal advice, rather a hands-on indication what to look for in a shareholder agreement. As an entrepreneur you need to understand what you sign, or you

What to say and not say at a VC call
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What to say at a VC intro call?

There are the 4 things to focus on when you talk at a VC intro call: Talk about your larger than life business idea. Back it up with a relevant

Exit process
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The exit process step by step

The exit process consists of personal considerations, lifestyle changes, transaction preparations and executing the actual transaction. I have more than €8 billion worth of experience buying and selling companies. In

Consider this when you decide who to recruit to your Board of Directors
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Who to recruit to your Board of Directors

Do you want to recruit to your Board of Directors? It’s a valid question since many entrepreneurs simply say no. Who to recruit to your Board of Directors: Decide where

The importance of timing when selling your business
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Timing when selling your business

The best timing when selling your business is when the business: (a) has a proven track-record; (b) great operations; (c) good outlook; (d) and you yourself believe this is the

A company exit starts with the emotional preparation to sell the company
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Emotional preparation to sell the company

The preparation to sell the company is not only about preparing the financials and finding a buyer. It’s an emotional process. Your emotional preparation to sell the company is as

What to do to prepare to sell your company
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What to prepare to sell your company?

To prepare to sell your company includes personal preparation and company preparation. Entrepreneurs need to disconnect not only from an identity point of view but also from operating the actual

Are bank advice any good?
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Are bank advice any good?

Banks advice on transactions, earning their revenue when transactions are closed. They will not advice on strategy or give counselling to founders. Most often it is not what you are looking for,

How much is investors return requirement 2021?
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How much is investors return requirement 2021?

Venture capital investors has a 10x return requirement on invested capital over a five year period, on average. That is a very high returen requirement but reflects the risks with

Best exit option to entrepreneurs
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Best exit options worth considering

Most entrepreneurs don’t start a business with different exit options in mind. But at some point, everyone faces an exit discussion. The reason? It could be age, a partner disagreement,

Different valuation metods
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Different valuation methods explained

Valuation methods, or rather the specific value of a business, is one of the most common question that I get. I will shortly explain the five most common valuation methods

Due diligence areas to prepare
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What due diligence areas to prepare?

Due diligence is a potential buyer’s appraisal of a business. There are 4 due diligence areas: Commercial, technical, financial and a human resource due diligence.

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