This episode of the Real Leaders podcast features Elizabeth Kraus and Sue Heilbronner, co-founders of MergeLane, the investment fund and accelerator targeting companies with at least one female in leadership. Here Elizabeth turns the tables on Real Leaders Host Sue by asking her about her goals and motivations for building MergeLane as well as her…

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This post is the fifth in a series summarizing guidance for how to calculate key metrics for startups.  This series focuses on the metrics that are the most critical for entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists. These critical Key Performance Indicators for startups are often misunderstood.  This definitive guide to computing key startup metrics is intended…

Read more The Startup Metrics Cheat Sheet: How to Calculate What You Are Expected to Know

Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) is perhaps the most-referenced startup metric, but MRR is only applicable to companies that provide services to their customers through an ongoing contractual relationship, e.g., SaaS businesses (For more on MRR, read my previous post: MRR – The Definition and Formula for Monthly Recurring Revenue). So what is the equivalent metric…

Read more Repurchase Rate: The MRR of Non-SaaS Startups

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MRR, an acronym for Monthly Recurring Revenue, is a frequently cited and important startup metric. From my experience as an active angel investor and cofounder of MergeLane, an accelerator and fund for high-growth startups with at least one woman in leadership, Monthly Recurring Revenue is often misunderstood and miscalculated. Below is a simple guide to…

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This post, written by MergeLane co-founder Sue Heilbronner, first appeared at her site. This policy also applies to all MergeLane activities, including our November Women’s Leadership Camp. We wanted to be sure to share her thinking (our thinking) here as well. As of today, I’m formally enacting a new lifetime policy: a money-back guarantee on…

Read more New Lifetime Policy: A Money-Back Guarantee on Everything

The amount of money a company raises to finance its operation is an important metric, but I’ve learned that entrepreneurs and investors often calculate this differently. We recently sent out our quarterly survey to the 25 investments we’ve made through the MergeLane accelerator and fund for startups with at least one woman in leadership. Case…

Read more Capital Raised to Date? How Investors Should Ask and Entrepreneurs Should Answer This Question

2017 MergeLane Startup Accelerator Applications Are Open

MergeLane, the accelerator and fund for high-growth startups with at least one woman in leadership, is now accepting applicants for its 2017 accelerator. This program will pair a select cohort of startups with industry-leading mentors and CEO coaches to dramatically increase the startups’ growth trajectory. The startup accelerator will run from February 5th to April 28th, 2017.…

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MergeLane is a winner of the $50,000 Small Business Association’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition for 2016 for the second year in a row. The SBA today announced a total of $3.4 million in federal awards for startup accelerators who are making an impact to an underserved market or population. There were 400 applicants in 2016,…

Read more MergeLane Startup Accelerator Wins Second $50,000 SBA Growth Award