Entrepreneur's Toolkit

Book description

The New Manager's Guide and Mentor. The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience and will prove especially valuable for the new manager. To assure quality and accuracy, a specialized content adviser from a world-class business school closely reviews each volume. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Harvard Business Essentials
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. 1. Self-Diagnosis: Do You Have the Right Stuff to Start a Business?
    1. The Makings of an Entrepreneur
    2. Background
    3. It May Be Right for You
    4. Summing Up
  8. 2. Finding and Evaluating the Opportunity: Is It Real and Large Enough?
    1. Characteristics of an Opportunity
    2. Where to Look for Opportunities
    3. From Identification to Evaluation
    4. Summing Up
  9. 3. Organizing the Enterprise: Which Form Is Best for You?
    1. Sole Proprietorship
    2. Partnership
    3. C Corporations
    4. S Corporations
    5. The Limited Liability Company
    6. Which Form Makes Sense for You?
    7. Summing Up
  10. 4. Building a Business Model and Strategy: How They Work Together
    1. Your Business Model
    2. Strategy
    3. Summing Up
  11. 5. Writing a Business Plan: The Basics
    1. The Purposes of a Business Plan
    2. Suggested Format
    3. Style
    4. Final Thoughts
    5. Summing Up
  12. 6. Financing the Business: Where’s the Money?
    1. A Life-Cycle View of Financing
    2. Life-Cycle Financing of the Entrepreneurial Company
    3. Financing Growth at eBay
    4. Other Forms of External Financing
    5. Matching Assets and Financing
    6. Summing Up
  13. 7. Angels and Venture Capitalists: For Serious Outside Equity
    1. Business Angels
    2. Venture Capitalists
    3. Making a Presentation
    4. A Caveat on Taking VC Capital
    5. Summing Up
  14. 8. Going Public: Adventures in the Capital Markets
    1. Pros and Cons of Going Public
    2. The Makings of an IPO Candidate
    3. The Role of the Investment Bank
    4. The IPO Process in a Nutshell
    5. Alternatives to an IPO
    6. Summing Up
  15. 9. Enterprise Growth: The Challenge to Management
    1. The Impact of Growth
    2. Sustaining Growth
    3. The Management Challenge
    4. Is It Time to Change the Guard?
    5. Summing Up
  16. 10. Keeping the Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive: The Ultimate Challenge of Success
    1. Three Challenges
    2. What Entrepreneurial Leaders Must Do
    3. Summing Up
  17. 11. Harvest Time: Reaping What You’ve Sown
    1. Why Entrepreneurs Cash Out
    2. Harvesting Mechanisms
    3. What’s It Worth?
    4. Summing Up
  18. Appendix A: Understanding Finanicial Statements
  19. Appendix B: Breakeven Analysis
  20. Appendix C: Valuation Concepts
  21. Appendix D: Online Help When You Need It
  22. Appendix E: Rule 144
  23. Notes
  24. Glossary
  25. For Further Reading
  26. Index
  27. About the Subject Adviser
  28. About the Writer

Product information

  • Title: Entrepreneur's Toolkit
  • Author(s): Harvard Business Review
  • Release date: November 2004
  • Publisher(s): Harvard Business Review Press
  • ISBN: 9781422160763