Things to Consider When Investing in a Startup

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Investing in a Startup

With an impressive track record of business leadership and venture investing, Bill Malloy serves as a founding general partner and investor at Sway Ventures in San Francisco, California. In this capacity, Bill Malloy oversees the company’s investments in early-stage & early-growth software companies.

When investing in a business startup, investors should consider several factors, including why they have the opportunity to invest in the startup. Most new companies seek investments simply to raise money. This is not automatically a red flag, but investors should consider that the lack of financing may suggest business struggles.

Further, investors must be aware that many startup investments do not have returns for at least a couple of years. Startups need to funnel any earned money back into the company, so returns may not appear until the business is established.

Investors can reduce risk by investing in markets they know. By investing in familiar markets, investors can better understand a company’s structure and get a more accurate idea of the business’ potential.

However, diversifying is still wise. Multiple investments increase the chance that investors will receive returns on their money.


The First Terms at USC Marshall School of Business

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USC Marshall School of Business

A founding general partner of Sway and board member and president of Malloy & Company, Bill Malloy has built a successful career in the venture capital and private equity fields. Bill Malloy began his career after receiving an MBA degree in finance and entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

Offering a top-rated business education, USC Marshall extends the university’s role as a visionary and innovative leader in Southern California. Students who are part of the school’s full-time MBA program receive a well-rounded education in business.

All first-year students must complete core classes in areas such as strategy, marketing, accounting, and finance. These courses provide a strong foundational knowledge of the profession.

Following their first term, students participate in seven-week consulting assignments carried out with clients in the Los Angeles area. In the following term, students begin learning about business on an international level, comparing and contrasting business in the United States with business in other countries. The term includes a mandatory 10-day overseas trip that includes visits to selected companies around the world.