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Investors, Financing, Venture Capital & Funding Opportunities of Startups

September 16, 2008 Leave a comment

To register please visit: https://www.bizak.com/investors/register

This evening, actually 2am this morning, we at Bizak are starting to role out the investor side of our database. This means investors and corporations can finally view and compare startups within our database.  Different from the startup side, investors can actually see specific data, web analytics and financial data for all startups who elect to have their information published.  

Right now, as of 2am Tuesday morning, investors can subscribe to our XML feed and view and compare benchmarks to startups.  All of the investor applications will be completed by Wednesday afternoon.  The features that still need to be added are the profiles (contact information, bio, links, etc.) for startups and the ability to view and sort the top ten projects according to each sort.  A sort consists of Industry, Business Type and Revenue Source.  For example, you can view the top ten startups who are in the Internet industry, operate a business network and have a subscription model.  

As for the XML feeds this allows investors, venture capital firms and corporations to integrate our data into their platform for both internal use and database access for clients.  Examples of the data included in the XML schemas can be seen below.  Both of the XML files are being modified a bit more and contact phone and URL will be integrated into the startup schemas. Each subscriber has their own unique URL which returns data in XML format using the below schemas.

To register please visit: https://www.bizak.com/investors/register

For additional information about the investor side of Bizak please view the video below the XML data.

Startups & Projects

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<projectlist>
<project>
<startup>Startup Company Name (text)</startup>
<startupcontact>Startup Contact Name (text)</startupcontact>
<projectname>Project Name (text)</projectname>
<industry>Industry (text)</industry>
<websitetype>Website (text)</websitetype>
<revenuesource>Revenue (text)</revenuesource>
<visitors>Visitors (number)</visitors>
<revenue>Revenue (number)</revenue>
<rpv>Revenue per Visitor (number)</rpv>
<costs>Costs (number)</costs>
<cpv>Costs per Visitor (number)</cpv>
<earnings>Earnings (number)</earnings>
<epv>Earnings per Visitor (number)</epv>
<estimate>Bizak Estimate (number)</estimate>
</project>
</projectlist>
Benchmarks
<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<benchmarks>
<benchmark>
<industry>Industry (text)</industry>
<websitetype>Website (text)</websitetype>
<revenuesource>Revenue (text)</revenuesource>
<visitors>Visitors (number)</visitors>
<revenue>Revenue (number)</revenue>
<rpv>Revenue per Visitor (number)</rpv>
<costs>Costs (number)</costs>
<cpv>Costs per Visitor (number)</cpv>
<earnings>Earnings (number)</earnings>
<epv>Earnings per Visitor (number)</epv>
<estimate>Bizak Estimate (number)</estimate>
</benchmark>
</benchmarks>

 

 

Bizak’s Revenue & Business Model

September 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Here is another slide from Vencorp’s Mashable Startup Showdown.  This video is a bit longer at 2:49 and this time around I’m discussing (in detail) Bizak’s current revenue model.  The discussion also talks about our plans to syndicate our data via XML (available soon for $4,000/month) and the integration of professional consulting services for both startups and investors.

For the high quality version of this video please click here.

YouNoodle

August 29, 2008 Leave a comment

I recently spent some time on YouNoodle to test their Startup Predictor.   YouNoodle’s Startup Predictor estimates what your startup will be worth in 3 years – Bizak estimates (based on revenues) what your startup is worth right now.  From the YouNoodle questions it appears that they calculate your startup’s valuation based on the probability of success and the previous success of similar startups and entrepreneurs. For example, I have 13 years of online experience so my guess would be that I have a higher valuation or probability of success than someone with only 1 year of experience?

My initial interest in YouNoodle was because my startup, Bizak, calculates valuation based on revenues and in essence could be seen as a competitor.  However, this information could be very interesting and possible useful for Bizak – especially on the consulting side. In addition to the Bizak Benchmarks it could also be beneficial to offer startups this probability of success data. For example an entrepreneur looking to start a business network can use Bizak to determine the average valuation of startups in his industry is $100,000. They can then use YouNoodle’s probability of success data to determine that for entrepreneurs with over 5 years of experience the average valuation jumps to $500,000. That would be a very interesting combination of data! This combination would be very beneficial to investors in the form of direct data, research papers and consulting services. With this information we can decrease investors’ investment risk by providing them with both an estimate of future valuation and which type of entrepreneurs have a higher probability of success.

Financial Analysis – Bizak’s Root

August 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Bizak’s idea is rooted in the financial analysis and EPS of public companies. What I’m trying to do is create an average performance metric for startups according to their industry, business type (wiki, blog, etc.) and revenue source (Adsense, consulting, etc.) and any and all combination of the three. Bizak computes (and creates benchmarks) for visitors, revenues, revenues per visitor (RPV), costs, CPV, earnings, EPV and valuation. This will allow startups to view their performance to their industry, other industries and possible more importantly the ability to research what industries, types and revenues are good business models.

Leveraging our tools with and/or partnering with investment firms?  A partnership includes the integration of our data/benchmarks with the investment firm (via XML feed) in return increasing everyone’s exposure to internet startups.

Growth before Monetization?

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, recently said Facebook’s first goal is the grow the business, monetization can wait.  I hear this a lot from startups and in most cases disagree with this strategy.  My disagreement is because most startups will never experience significant growth and others can’t afford the wait.  Additionally significant growth doesn’t necessarily mean significant revenues.

Comparative Analysis, Web Analytics, Financials & Benchmarks

Last evening, in addition to infoMedMD, we at TOKiBiz also launched the industry benchmarks for Bizak.com

If you’re already registered with Bizak just login and you’ll see a nice new navigation bar for you.  If you haven’t registered with Bizak you can do see via the website worth page.

For additional information and definitions about the benchmarks please click on the image below.  For a full size screenshot please see full size screenshot.

 

Benchmarks

Benchmarks

Myspace Revenues & Valuation Compared to Facebook

June 23, 2008 3 comments

Myspace RevenuesFacebook recently overtook the number one worldwide visitors title from Myspace but Rupert Murdoch & News Corp. are probably not concerned. In July 2005 News Corp. purchased Myspace for $580 million. This year Myspace is expected to generate 2008 revenues of $800 million. In comparison Facebook revenues for 2008 are expected to be $350 million.

Without costs that $800 million for Facebook equates to a $3.2 billion dollar valuation (source: Bizak’s business valuation) for Myspace. It turns out that Rupert made another very smart investment.

If you use the same costs figures for Myspace that I used for Facebook (approximately $26 million/year or $2,166,666.00/month) then we can get a better comparison.

Revenues: Myspace $800 Million, Facebook $350 Million

Earnings per Visitor: Myspace $1.08, Facebook $0.84*

*Facebook’s EPV is based on 32 million visitors. Change Facebook’s visitors to equal Myspace (60 million) and their EPV drops to $0.45

Valuation: Myspace $3.174 Billion, Facebook $1.374 Billion

Winner: Myspace & Rupert Murdoch

Visually Myspace is still very sloppy but they’re getting better – just in time for Rupert to sell Myspace for a huge profit.  Maybe experience does help when running a company??!!