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What business structure makes most sense when you have a portfolio of startups with equity partners working on all of portfolio and/or individuals?

From what I understand this falls under a venture structure? Does it make sense to create a separate entity for my ventures to stay connected with?

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Hi,
The answer depends a lot on where you're located and what business entities are available to you.

You could end up with several.

For example, you may wish to have a corporation which owns shares in the startups such that you are protected from liability.

You may then wish to have a limited partnership where investors can put in money and this LP can make loans or share investments into the startups as well and the investors could enjoy pass-through tax treatment. They would then make their own decision about what kind of entity to hold the LP investment.

Your corporation could be the general partner in the LP structure.

You really need to spend some time thinking about what scenarios are likely then go talk to both a CPA and an attorney who are located in your jurisdiction.

Hope that helps.

If you'd like to brainstorm, arrange a call.

www.DavidCBarnett.com


Answered 10 months ago

Sounds like this could also be a holding company or parent company, as well could fit a venture structure. From a liability stand point it can make sense. I'd like to help you with this but would need some more information.

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Answered 10 months ago

Narrow down what makes you different - Differentiate yourself from other businesses in your space by considering what sets your business/offering apart.
Keep it short - Business plans should be short and concise. Too much detail isn't helpful in a business plan and will only distract and confuse stakeholders. Instead, know these details, but keep them stored elsewhere.
Stay flexible - Your business plan can and should evolve as you go. It's a living, breathing document and should be treated as such.Narrow down what makes you different.
Before you start whipping up a business plan, think carefully about what makes your business unique first. If you're planning to start a new athletic clothing business, for example, then you'll need to differentiate yourself from the numerous other athletic clothing brands out there.
Company Description
Next, you'll have your company description. Here's where you have the chance to give a summary of what your company does, your mission statement, business structure and business owner details, location details, the marketplace needs that your business is trying to meet, and how your products or services actually meet those needs.

Example of a "Company Summary" section (from Bplans):
NALB Creative Center is a startup, to go into business in the summer of this year. We will offer a large variety of art and craft supplies, focusing on those items that are currently unavailable on this island. The Internet will continue to be a competitor, as artists use websites to buy familiar products. We will stock products that artists don't necessarily have experience with. We will maintain our price comparisons to include those available online.

We will offer classes in the use of new materials and techniques.

We will build an Artist's Oasis tour program. We will book local Bed and Breakfasts; provide maps and guides for appropriate plein-air sites; rent easels and materials; sell paint and other supplies and ship completed work to the clients when dry.

We will expand the store into an art center including: A fine art gallery, offering original art at, or near, wholesale prices; Musical instruments/studio space; Classrooms for art/music lessons; Art/Music books; Live music/coffee bar; Do-it-Yourself crafts such as specialty T-Shirts, signs, cards, ceramics for the tourist trade.

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One of the first questions to ask yourself when you're testing your business idea is whether it has a place in the market. The market will ultimately dictate how successful your business will be. What's your target market, and why would they be interested in buying from you?

Get specific here. For example, if you're selling bedding, you can't just include everyone who sleeps in a bed in your target market. You need to target a smaller group of customers first, like teenagers from middle-income families.

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Include both an analysis of research that others have done, as well as primary research that you've collected yourself -- whether by customer surveys, interviews, or other methods.
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Answered 9 months ago

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