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Aug 3, 2011
OEN Workshop: Valuing Your Startup Company
Lane Powell

As an early stage entrepreneur looking for the first round of funding, one of the most daunting tasks may be determining the valuation of your company. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of valuing a seed or launch stage company, and answer some questions, such as:

* Who sets the valuation - the company or the investor?
* What does pre-money and post-money valuation mean? How do I calculate it?
* How do I value my company if we don’t yet have revenues?
* How do investors determine the valuation?
* How have valuations changed in the economic downturn?

We'll explain the terminology, demystify the math and explain some of the ways that valuation is set during the funding process. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so come armed with your questions and be ready to participate in a lively discussion about valuing early stage companies.

$30 for OEN Members; $70 for non-members.

Speaker: Naomi Derner

Naomi Derner, CFA is the founder and managing director of Derner Valuation Consulting, where she values securities and intangible assets for companies at all stages of development, from startups to large public companies. Prior to 2008, she was a Vice President in the San Francisco office of Houlihan Lokey Howard and Zukin, where she performed and managed fairness opinions and the valuations of public and private securities as well as intangible assets. Ms. Derner has valuation experience across a wide variety of industries, and possesses specific expertise in technology and life sciences companies at all stages of development.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Derner was a senior analyst in the financial valuation services group at Arthur Andersen LLP, where she conducted valuations of public and private securities, closely held companies and intangible assets. Prior to joining Arthur Andersen, Ms. Derner held positions in the equity research department of NationsBanc Montgomery Securities covering financial institutions and in the financial analysis unit at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Ms. Derner holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst and is a candidate member of the American Society of Appraisers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in managerial economics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in economics from the University of California Santa Barbara. She is a member of the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Software Association of Oregon, and Silicon Valley Fair Value Forum.

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