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The Valuation Game

(This article was initially published as a post on Karthik Chandrasekar's LinkedIn page. Find the original post here.)

In this blog, we will be explaining the concepts of investment amount and valuations. The most basic of all concepts in an investment process — if you get these basics right then the rest of the process may become relatively easier (not necessarily painless!)

Most investors / VCs and entrepreneurs start the investment (game) conversation with a statement that goes something like this:

Entrepreneur: “I am seeking a $1m investment in exchange for a 20% equity stake in my company.”