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Episode Info: John Shumate is the CEO of Venture First, a boutique financial services group. He and his team focus on four main areas: startup valuations, rising capital, mergers and acquisitions, and taking equity positions. Today's discussion covers everything you need to know about startup valuations. This is a tricky subject for most to figure out, because in the beginning it is part science and part art.  Show Highlights 00:50 - Today we'll be talking about startup valuations. 02:00 - How did John become a startup investor? 05:25 - What's the difference between venture capital and private equity? 08:00 - Startup valuation is a really big topic among both entrepreneurs and investors. 09:55 - John just did a startup valuation for a medical company that will lose money for the next couple of years. 10:40 - Determining an accurate startup valuation isn't always very clear. 12:50 - Startup valuations are geographical. 15:15 - If you're not in a venture hub, try your best to market to the other locations as well. 15:20 - Where are the hot venture hubs located? 17:05 - Tatyana says that Idaho, Utah, and Oregon have reasonable startup valuations. 20:00 - Are startup valuations in a bubble? 22:35 - GoPro is currently taking a dive. 22:45 - Unicorns are absolutely in a bubble. 23:00 - With that being said, most startup valuations are fairly reasonable. 24:25 - What's John excited about for 2016? 25:35 - John shares some examples of companies he really likes. 27:15 - Tat really loves startup healthcare companies. 30:00 - What is Venture First? 33:55 - John offers his final piece of advice – everything is about people. FULL SHOW NOTES:  Share the Show Did you enjoy the show? We would love it if you subscribed today and left us a 5-star review! Click this link - Angel Investing Podcast Click on the ‘Subscribe’ button below the artw
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