By Evan Carmichael
- The venture capitalists will usually look at your projected, or pro forma, earnings 3 to 5 years from the point of their investment. From there they will deduct a 30% annual return that they expect to receive and will subtract a further percentage for the fact that you are a private and therefore non liquid company. This is known as the pre-money valuation.
- Right now, investment money is scarce and the venture capitalists are dramatically lowering business valuations.