Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Most startups are launched with the idea of selling the business for a substantial gain in five to seven years.

Many companies reach that stage and find they can’t sell the business, at least not for the price they want.

Here are some options:

  • Reduce your burn rate to zero and keep running the business.
  • You can split up the business into its component parts - team, inventory, technology, and sell IT to multiple buyers.
  • You can sell the business to the other founders and take a revenue share for your equity portion of the business.
  • You can sell the business to the investors and do the same thing.
  • You can line up a manager of the business to take your place and then dividend back to the investors a portion of the revenue ‘til they receive a payback amount. 

While you may not reach a full acquisition as planned, there are several ways to exit the business and pay back the investors. 

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Charles Sunnucks, investor and author of “The Company Valuation Playbook”.

“Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Microsoft – great companies perhaps, but are they great investments? While there are a variety of investment styles an investor might apply, investing over any reasonable period ultimately boils down to a simple reality – if you overpay for a stock you are likely to get stung, and if you underpay then odds are you will profit. Therefore, to stack the deck in your favour when investing, the ability to value a company is vital.

The Company Valuation Playbook introduces you to the industry-standard tools used by professionals globally to value companies and their shares. These valuation tools can be applied by anyone, no matter their experience. All you need is a computer, the internet, and a bit of common sense.”

Charles is a  successful professional investor. Formerly a fund manager at Jupiter Asset Management, he has lectured at Cambridge University, made multiple TV appearances commenting on markets, and actively co-managed a London stock exchange-listed investment fund. University educated in China, he speaks fluent Chinese, and is both a Chartered Financial Analyst, and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. 

Charles shares the inspiration behind writing his book and gives Hall a breakdown of the core areas. He discusses who may benefit the most from reading it and what surprised him the most while writing.

You can purchase Charles’s book at

Charles can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at   

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