Entrepreneur's Toolkit : Tools and Techniques to Launch and Grow Your New Business
Harvard Business Essentials
Table of Contents
Introduction p. xi Self-Diagnosis: Do You Have the Right Stuff to Start a Business? p. 1 The Makings of an Entrepreneur p. 2 Background p. 7 It May Be Right for You p. 8 Summing Up p. 9 Finding and Evaluating the Opportunity: Is It Real and Large Enough? p. 11 Characteristics of an Opportunity p. 13 Where to Look for Opportunities p. 20 From Identification to Evaluation p. 24 Summing Up p. 29 Organizing the Enterprise: Which Form Is Best for You? p. 31 Sole Proprietorship p. 32 Partnership p. 34 C Corporations p. 38 S Corporations p. 41 The Limited Liability Company p. 42 Which Form Makes Sense for You? p. 42 Summing Up p. 44 Building a Business Model and Strategy: How They Work Together p. 47 Your Business Model p. 48 Strategy p. 53 Summing Up p. 61 Writing a Business Plan: The Basics p. 63 The Purposes of a Business Plan p. 65 Suggested Format p. 66 Style p. 77 Final Thoughts p. 83 Summing Up p. 84 Financing the Business: Where's the Money? p. 87 A Life-Cycle View of Financing p. 88 Life-Cycle Financing of the Entrepreneurial Company p. 95 Financing Growth at eBay p. 102 Other Forms of External Financing p. 106 Matching Assets and Financing p. 107 Summing Up p. 108 Angels and Venture Capitalists: For Serious Outside Equity p. 111 Business Angels p. 113 Venture Capitalists p. 117 Making a Presentation p. 122 A Caveat on Taking VC Capital p. 122 Summing Up p. 127 Going Public: Adventures in the Capital Markets p. 129 Pros and Cons of Going Public p. 131 The Makings of an IPO Candidate p. 133 The Role of the Investment Bank p. 135 The IPO Process in a Nutshell p. 136 Alternatives to an IPO p. 140 Summing Up p. 142 Enterprise Growth: The Challenge to Management p. 143 The Impact of Growth p. 144 Sustaining Growth p. 146 The Management Challenge p. 152 Is It Time to Change the Guard? p. 157 Summing Up p. 161 Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive: The Ultimate Challenge of Success p. 163 Three Challenges p. 165 What Entrepreneurial Leaders Must Do p. 168 Summing Up p. 176 Harvest Time: Reaping What You've Sown p. 177 Why Entrepreneurs Cash Out p. 178 Harvesting Mechanisms p. 180 What's It Worth? p. 185 Summing Up p. 188 Understanding Financial Statements p. 191 Breakeven Analysis p. 207 Valuation Concepts p. 211 Online Help When You Need It p. 223 Rule 144 p. 227 Notes p. 231 Glossary p. 235 For Further Reading p. 243 Index p. 247 About the Subject Adviser p. 257 About the Writer p. 258 Table of Contents provided by Rittenhouse. All Rights Reserved.
Series: Harvard Business Essentials
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.37
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From the basics of writing a business plan to the challenges of developing a marketing and sales program, this is the essential resource for success with a new venture. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, this concise guide is carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience, and will prove especially valuable for the new manager.