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Natasha Ketabchi

What is a Down Round and How to Avoid One

By Natasha Ketabchi
Anyone vaguely familiar with the venture capital industry knows that down rounds are bad news. But what exactly are they, and why do they occur? What alternatives do founders have to avoid a down round?
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Ryan Downie

LTV and CAC: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?

By Ryan Downie
LTV:CAC analysis is one of the most important exercises startup founders must go through to evaluate their business’ prospects and raise external funding. It is, however, frequently misunderstood and misinterpreted. In this article, Toptal Finance Expert Ryan Downie runs through a practical tutorial of how to perform LTV:CAC analysis correctly, and how it should be adapted and interpreted depending on the business model or sector in question.
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Orinola Gbadebo-Smith

Why More Entrepreneurs are Choosing To Build Search Funds over Startups

By Orinola Gbadebo-Smith
Search funds, though once an esoteric asset class and model for entrepreneurship, have seen a substantial rise in popularity in recent years. They can often represent a superior alternative to the venture-backed startup route especially for a select cohort of formally trained entrepreneurs, most of all those who deeply understand their motives, risk appetites, and contextual/financial encumbrances.
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Josh Chapman

The Importance of Customer Retention: An Empirical Study

By Josh Chapman
Startups nowadays are hyper focused on growth at all costs, a practice which often undermines the fundamental health of the business. This article takes an in-depth look at the importance of focusing on customer retention from day one and the practical benefits it can provide in the medium to long term.
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