Monthly Archives: October 2014

What is the Problem with a Conventional Capital Structure?

Under the Resources tab is new draft material from my book-in-progress about the Fairshare Model.
There are three chapters for you to contemplate and respond to (I hope).
Chapter four, in particular will be of interest to anyone with securities expertise.

The Fundamental Problem: Valuation
Praise aside, a conventional capital structure has a fundamental problem, an Achilles’ heel. At the time of an equity financing, it requires the issuer and investors to set a value for future performance. For venture stage companies, this is hard to do in a rational manner.

You can test this assertion even if you are a novice about capital structures and valuation. When you meet someone who raised money for a company or who has invested in one, ask “What was the valuation?” Follow that question with “Why did that make sense?”

Chances are that you will see uncertainty and anxiety play across their face. Why? It could be that they don’t know what the valuation is. Perhaps, they know the number but not how to calculate it. Most certainly, they don’t know how to evaluate it, or, they are not confident that it makes sense.