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Is a DCF (Discounted Cash Flows) method generally being used to calculate a startup valuation?

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Jul 23, 2023
Since DCF method uses historical data to predict future cash flows of the company, this usually does not fit a startup since we have very little to no data on the cashflows. It is better to look for some benchmarks to tell valuation of a startup since it shows how others priced the companies in a given market/ geography/ setup. 
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Jul 23, 2023
Startup valuations are typically set by the market of investors. If there is a high investor demand, the valuation of the startup is typically higher. If there is low investor demand, the valuation of the startup is lower. If there is no investor demand, the startup will not secure financing. 

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