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Catherine Klinchuch September 27, 2018
Before deciding to pull the trigger on an investment on EquityZen’s platform or otherwise, an investor typically asks one simple question – what is it worth? Valuation is the cornerstone of the investment process and—in theory—prescribes a relatively simple framework for evaluating the merits of a particular investment opportunity. If the price of the investment is less than its value, buy. If not, don’t buy.
Valuation can be challenging to implement in practice. Many different frameworks exist, practitioners often disagree on the best ways to develop estimates and most models fail to capture all relevant investment considerations. In addition, valuation requires us to make assumptions about the future and we never have perfect information to do so. These challenges can be even more acute for startups – EquityZen’s bread-and-butter – where historical data and transparency is often limited and uncertainty over the future is higher
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