For Entrepreneurs

Resources to build your business

The resources below provide valuable insights, suggestions, models, and information for you as you develop your idea, build your business, and prepare to approach potential venture investors.

Alloy’s Evaluation Process

A step-by-step guide on how we work with entrepreneurs, with tips on writing a business plan. Read More

Ten Things That Can Make or Break a Deal

An entrepreneur's guide to pitching early-stage venture-capital firms. Read More

Basic Financials Template

This template allows you to enter headcount, balance sheet, income statement, and cash flows to get a first cut on numbers with basic assumptions. Just fill in the blanks, and the model will help you decide if your assumptions are too pessimistic (probably not) or too optimistic (probably). Download

Capitalization Template

This multi-round valuation/capitalization template is set up to assume several rounds of financing, from seed to IPO, and it allows you to calculate your ownership and returns after dilution from these financings. Download

Stagger Charts

Stagger charts help you forecast sales, headcount, costs, profits, and other key metrics over an extended time period, broken down by months or quarters, and based on annual targets. Here is a development stagger chart that will give you a general overview of your company’s progress, as well as more than a dozen function-specific stagger charts, which will allow you to do break down forecasts by metric.

More information for entrepreneurs

  • Business Association of Stanford Engineers. BASES is an association of Stanford engineering students and alumni that fosters entrepreneurship through formal networking and informational events.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The EMKF is a foundation that promotes entrepreneurship through educational programs such as the Kauffman Venture Capital fellowship.
  • Lester Center for Entrepreneurship - UC Berkeley. This site provides information on regularly scheduled networking and speaking events at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
  • MIT Entrepreneurship Center. The MIT E-Center promotes numerous formal and informal activities to foster entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial education.
  • Redwood Valuation. A leading provider of cost-efficient IRC 409A and SFAS 123R valuation services and analysis to emerging companies and their venture investors across the technology, life science and medical device sectors.
  • Armanino McKenna. Largest California based CPA firm. Offering a comprehensive array of services available to support the needs of clients: from audits and reviews to tax planning and preparation, SOX compliance, IT software and service, and consulting.
  • Stanford Technology Ventures Program. STVP is dedicated to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship education and creating scholarly research on technology-based firms.
  • Venture Capital Resource Library. At this site, sponsored by VFinance Holdings, Inc., you'll find information about venture capital firms, angel investors, lenders and investment banks. Download a free business plan template here, or ask questions to the site's financing specialists.

“Alloy Ventures are world-class partners. We’ve had the true pleasure of working with Craig Taylor on multiple deals and find his wisdom, experience and level-headed approach unparalleled. He has the unique ability to offer highly constructive, insightful comments from the 60,000-ft. view as well as on the ground - from catching issues with documents to seeing other ways to design products. Combine all that with a most affable, unflappable personal style. Alloy is the best of the best.”

– Tate Scott, Chairman, President and CEO, KFx Medical