As an entrepreneur, if you are considering venture capital to fund your startup, be sure to study the state of your current market.
In an article from Entrepreneur, author Jayson DeMers writes, “For the past several years, the total dollar amount of VC given to startups has increased significantly, with venture capitalists showing increasing interest in new technologies and potential “unicorns” that could be valued at a billion dollars or more”.
In the article, DeMers discusses:
- Total VC funding down 11%
- The median deal size
- Unicorn valuations
- VC for AI and machine learning has nearly doubled
DeMers continues, “It’s still an exciting time to be a startup tech entrepreneur — though the dynamics are changing. But if VC is the direction in which you’re headed, you should stay up to date with the latest trends, and position yourself accordingly”.
To read more, see the full article from Jayson DeMers in Entrepreneur.
As 2018 begins, business owners are paying close attention to the trends that will impact their businesses. In an article from Fortune, author Alan Murray discusses five trends that he will be watching:
- Recession watch
- AI Advances
- The tech backlash
- The CEO Statesman
- A changing workplace for women
How will these five trends impact your business? Are there more trends business leaders should be keeping an eye on?
To read more, see the full article from Alan Murray in Fortune.
Directing changes can be a difficult task for any business leader. As the business world evolves, what are some ways that companies are keeping up with the changes of consumers?
In an article from Disruption Hub, author Sally Henderson writes, “We are living in a world with unprecedented levels of change. Advances in technology, changes in consumer behaviour, and new business models are forcing organisations and individuals to make complex and often uncomfortable decisions on a daily basis”.
In the article, Henderson discusses:
- Why change is important
- 3 simple words that will help with changes
Henderson continues, “Be aware change is an energy hungry beast and a very demanding partner at times. To ensure consistent commitment enroll a great team of supporters into your world so you can stick with the plan when the going gets tough”. What business changes can you implement in your business? How will your customers respond?
To read more, see the full article from Sally Henderson in Disruption Hub.
As tax reform begins in America, many businesses might want to consider filing as a C corporation.
In an article from Inc., author Zoe Henry writes, “Most U.S. small businesses currently don’t qualify for the reduced corporate tax rate. The majority of small enterprises are structured as pass-through entities such as limited liability companies or S corporations, where profits are taxed according to the owner’s personal rate. While there is some tax relief in the bill for those pass-through firms–including a temporary ability to deduct up to 20 percent of income–many could access the permanent cut by converting to full-blown C corporations”.
In the article, Henry discusses:
- A smart business decision
- How long would it take to convert to a C corp?
- Taking the time to reorganize and avoid being double taxed
Henry continues, “While the reduction to the maximum corporate tax rate is written as permanent, it could change, Reitmeyer points out. For instance, Democrats could retake a Senate majority, and vote through changes to the law. If that happens, it would be far more complicated to convert back to an S corporation or an LLC than the other way around”. Have you considered a C corporation for your business?
To read more, see the full article from Zoe Henry in Inc.