Websites to Research for Technology Business Plans


WomanNumbersWhen writing strategic plans, one needs corroborative data to insert into the cells in one’s spreadsheets.  For example, I once reviewed a Russian business plan where a driver received US$600 a month.  Personnel costs represent a huge percentage of the annual recurring costs of operations.  One has to be reasonably accurate. Was that Russian number for the Russian monthly salary realistic?  Upon careful inquiry, the answer would be yes.  However, that number would greatly underestimate the actual costs for an identical driver position in NYC.  Numbers should be realistic and researched. Small variances in costs less than 10% are acceptable.  Anything beyond that is suspect. Details matter when writing a business plan.

So, the first, major step to take in order to draft a business plan, one must execute due diligence by researching everything about the product, company, markets, and competitive environment.  The best tool is the computer and access to the Internet.  Here are some websites I definitely access to develop a business plan:

For Valuations, investment and Stock Option trends:

Gust.com

Angel.co

PWCMoneytree.com

       For Personnel Costs:

Monster.com

Glassdoor.com

Paysa.com

For Macro/Micro-economic trends

Wsj.com

Nyt.com

Industry specific journals

Bloomberg.com

Businessweek.com

Economist.com

For Competitive Environment

Sec.gov

               Crunchbase.com

For Intellectual Property Filings – Prior Art

Google.com patents advanced search

Uspto.gov

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About Juan Ramón Zarco, SVVGP 胡安•雷蒙•扎尔科

Juan Ramon Zarco, 胡安•雷蒙•扎尔科, Silicon Valley Ventures Growth Partners llp, Hygieia Healthcare Technologies Company, AllRest Technologies LLC, Crimson Growth Partners LLP, jrzarco2001@yahoo.com, is an experienced as CxO, General Counsel and Secretary to public and private companies with global operations. Established track record of producing practical, revenue-focused solutions. As Counselor and Secretary, demonstrating vision, integrity, and sound business judgment, to CxOs. Managed complex, strategic transactions, M&A, contracts support, PE Financing, IPO, SEC compliance, Corporate/HR governance, IP licensing, Budgeting, Staff, outside counsel management, International market access strategies, Domestic & foreign government relations and advocacy. Creative in designing and implementing market access strategies. Practices law beyond conventional model with low-overhead and project-based fees. Effective at managing departments, formulating marketing strategies, balancing budgets, and implementing cost-saving measures. Extensive in-house and private practice experience, advising clients on commercial, corporate, international business, and technology law and policy. http://www.docstoc.com/video/89135472/make-your-business-an-international-presence; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx5gijf3yoc For Sprint, he managed iDen international development in Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa, and contractual issues with Verizon. In Private Equity, he worked with Pegasus in vetting international investment deals and interim President for portfolio companies, such as Data Foundation, a data storage company, handling marketing, strategy, fund raising, and accounting. Before Pegasus, Mr. Zarco, as CLO and V.P. of Corporate Development, played a principal role in the structuring, international expansions for 2 telecom companies, U.S. Cable Group and Viatel, Inc. in financing and M&A deals exceeding $200 million. Mr. Zarco earned a J.D. from NYU Law School, M.B.A. from Cornell, and B.A. from Williams College; is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German, with working knowledge of Russian, Arabic and Japanese.
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