SaaS Startup - ARR is a vanity metric

SaaS Startups: Why ARR is a Vanity Metric vs Bookings

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SaaS Businesses & ARR Some Software as a Service (SaaS) Startup Founders may find themselves guilty of bragging about their ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue) figures. ARR is their latest monthly sales multiplied by 12 to get an annualised revenue figure. That is fair because SaaS businesses often keep the customers they sign on as subscribers, and their churn rate (rate …

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Startup Valuation Methods & Fundraising

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Startup Valuation Methods & Fundraising Slides Here are the slides presented at MDEC’s Fundraising Workshop on 26 Oct 2017. Content: Most commonly used startup valuation metrics, and fundraising strategies. If you have any questions regarding the slides, feel free to ask in the comment section below or email us directly ([email protected]).  If you are particularly interested in SaaS business model valuations, …

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Insights: The Shopee Business Model & Revenue Model

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How Shopee Works – Shopee Business Model Analysis & Breakdown First, let me begin by saying that I initially got curious about the Shopee business model when someone told me their shipping is free (well, not all of it). How great is that for consumers! I got quite intrigued as to how they could recover this cost! So, I did …

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When is The Best Time to Raise Funds for your Startup?

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When is the best time to raise funds? Let me begin by saying that it is never easy to raise funds. The answer is the same for anything else in financing history – raise your Startup Funding when; You are highly confident that you are able to get much higher growth It is the sweet spot for trade-off in equity …

Are you raising the right startup funding amount

Is Your Startup Raising the Right Amount of Money?

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Most early-stage startups in Malaysia not aware of funding amount needed Around 90% of early-stage(!) startups I meet request more startup funding than they need. Sometimes, founders are looking to raise a multiple of what the startup requires at that point. This can lead to entrepreneurs giving away more equity than they would have to, or entrepreneurs having difficulties raising …

Malaysia Startup Fund Guide

Startup Funds in Malaysia – Guide & Complete List

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Types of Startup Funds in Malaysia For Startups (high growth businesses), there are a few types of Startup funds in Malaysia that we can consider. These are funds that are taking a high risk to fund Startups that can give high returns to investors. Generally, the higher the amount of funding, the less support you need from Investors. Typically, these …

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All About Angel Investors in Malaysia

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Angel Investors in Malaysia Angel Investors in Malaysia are defined as investors who provide financial backing, industry knowledge, as well as industry or business experience to early stage startups or entrepreneurs. Angel Investors in Malaysia are usually found in Angel Investment Groups or Networks. They usually provide mentoring and guidance to startups. Some of the best angel investors are known …

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Venture Capital Malaysia

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Venture Capital Malaysia Venture Capital Malaysia is a guide for Malaysian Startups looking for venture capital funding. We have also included a list of VCs at the end of the page. I will cover a few types of venture capital funding including Angel Investment, VC investment, PE investment and so on. Venture Capital Malaysia is a list that covers funding …

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How to be an Angel Investor

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There is so much to know on how to be an angel investor! Knowing so, it is also about who you know – because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. We gather as an angel investment group here in South East Asia because there are so many of us that can contribute to startups in many different ways. …

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Top 10 Startup Accelerators in Malaysia

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Top Startup Accelerators in Malaysia Here are the top accelerators in Malaysia (in no particular order). They are mostly startups accelerators in Kuala Lumpur. One of them is in Johor. Note that not all accelerators are suitable for every Startup. Choosing the right accelerator depends on what your Startup lacks. If the weakness of your startup or founding team is …