9 Factors that Affect the Value of Your Business

Blood, toils, tears and sweat go into building our businesse; however their values are very rarely a direct product of our efforts.  A recent bidding war between HP and Dell pushed the stock price of 3Par from $10.00 to $33.00 over a two week period.  The company ultimately sold for $2Billion.  It seemed that both HP and Dell decided that they needed a company that sold storage servers and were ready to pay far more than an independent valuation would have gotten 3 Par (the market had valued it at $700 million).  Of course most businesses are not 3Par, and most business owners need to take numerous factors into account when determining the value of their business.  Some of these are discussed below:
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Noteworthy: August20, 2010 - Mark Hurd "resignation", Startup Considerations and Traits of Happy Entrepreneurs

  • Quebeckers not overly interested in wealth creation:

Using 20 indicators, it (Quebec Employers Council) gave Quebec good marks for university graduation, taxation on business investment and spending on research and development. That was offset by the need to do more on the economic integration of immigrants, payroll taxes, labour laws and public debt, the council said in its first report card.

  • The real reason Mark Hurd was forced to resign:

Apparently Mark Hurd's "resignation" had less to do with a violation of HP's sexual harassment policy and more to do with Board's fear of bad publicity.  Although improprieties in his expense reports would have given them cause to fire him, they let him resign (along with his $40 million severance) to avoid a possibility of a wrongful termination lawsuit.

  • 10 Things to Consider before Starting your Start-Up

The article contemplates factors to consider including before launching a startup including competition, industry, funding and marketing.