Valuing an Early-Stage Company

Business valuation is traditionally performed when an entrepreneur gets ready to sell an established company. But Neil J. Beaton does valuations of new, venture capital-backed startups. Beaton, author of Valuing Early Stage and Venture-Backed Companies (Wiley Finance, March 2010) and national partner in charge of valuation services at Grant Thornton, spoke recently to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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