Money for advanced early- and mid-stage companies is easy to come by in today’s market—at times, really stupid amounts of money. In the Age of Unicorns, where young, disruptive companies with billion-dollar valuations are increasingly common, it’s easy to see why the venture community is swept up in the tidal wave of the next-big-thing. More than 100 startups have raised funding rounds in excess of $100 million globally this year.
All founders and CEOs have a vision for where they want to go, and all VCs are keenly focused on successful exits. The best CEOs think about the options available to them to fund the expansion of their companies, including if and when to raise more money, buy a company, sell or if/when to go public.
CEOs and VCs discuss when it’s time to raise another round and at what cost, why aligning capital with specific growth/traction milestones is important, when to entertain overtures from potential buyers and why waiting to go public can be a good thing for your company.