What It Takes To Join The Billion Dollar Club

April 30, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

With Instagram being valued by Facebook at $1 billion, Patrick Moran took a look at what it took to start your own billion dollar company:

  • To be valued at a billion the conventional wisdom is that it must have revenue of around $100 million.
  • However the market seems to be willing to tolerate lower annual revenue if the revenue is growing and recurring.
  • Recurring revenue is easiest in the world of software where the “Software as a Service” model is becoming dominant.
  • In Software as a Service customers pay a periodic (weekly/monthly/annual) fee for a service rather than pay a high up-front cost. The aim is to lock your customers into long term contracts.
  • A growth rate of 20% is healthy. A churn – the rate at which you lose customers – of about 2% is acceptable.

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Source: TechCrunch