Profits or Growth? Managing Financing Risk in Flyover Country

Paul Jones, co-chair of Venture Best, the venture capital practice group at Michael Best, has been selected as a regular contributor of OnRamp Labs, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog covering start-ups and other Wisconsin technology news. Paul’s most recent contributed piece, “Profits or Growth? Managing Financing Risk in Flyover Country,” can be found under their Business Tab in the Business Blog section: Click here to view his latest blog.

A short excerpt can be found below:

If you follow the goings on in Silicon Valley, you might come to the conclusion that “profit” is something the best entrepreneurs give a wide berth. Most of the Unicorns in the world are in Silicon Valley, and the large majority of them have yet to turn a profit. The rationale for Unicorn valuations (such as it is) is growth. (Which is at least better than the eyeballs metric which ruled the roost before the dotcom bubble burst.) The lesson seems obvious. If you want your startup to grow up to be a Unicorn, screw profitability: focus instead on growing as fast as possible.” Click here to read more.


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