Revenue-Based Finance: What Would Google Do?

When it comes to revenue-based funding (RBF) one of the most common questions from startups is “how does it compare to selling stock?”  At the end of the day, is it smarter to sell some shares to an angel investor or venture capitalist, or to take an RBF obligation instead?  The problem is, a lot depends on the intricate details of any one situation.  So rather than getting bogged down in all possible variations, perhaps we can shed some light by asking a different question: What about Google?  Would RBF have been a good or bad idea for Google as an alternative to selling stock? Read more of this post

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Risk of Revenue-Based Finance vs Equity and Debt

People often ask about the comparative risks/rewards between traditional venture capital (equity-based funding), bank loans (debt) and revenue-based funding.  While there are many ways to evaluate the broad concept of “risk” (ranging from Modigliani-Miller theorems to pop-psychology), one approach is to simply ask “what happens if I succeed or fail?”

Viewed this way, risk depends on whether you’re an investor giving out money or an entrepreneur receiving it.  If you’re an investor, the comparison can be visualized below: Read more of this post