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Essentials of Corporate and Capital Formation

David H. Fater

Author’s Bio

I am an experienced financial executive with more than 40 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and small businesses. I am the founder and CEO of ALDA & Associates International, Inc., a business and financial consulting firm providing capital formation, capital allocation, and profit optimization services to small companies, primarily in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Since its formation in 1993, ALDA has worked with more than 50 entrepreneur-founded companies. Among these is Vicor Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: VCRT), an inventor-created biotechnology company, for which I now serve as President and CEO. Prior to forming ALDA, I was a Senior International Audit Partner at Ernst & Young, working out of the firm’s Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, and Chicago offices. Also, I was Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s North Carolina Practice. During my 24-year tenure (1969-1992), I led the creation of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneurial Services Division, which had offices in Greensboro, Raleigh, and Charlotte. I am a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, and New York. I earned a BS in Accounting from the University of North Carolina.

Book Synopsis

In Essentials of Corporate and Capital Formation, I share my real-world experience to help entrepreneurs and small business owners understand how to:

  • start and grow a business
  • raise appropriate capital
  • evaluate whether or not to go public
  • determine the best option from amongst the alternatives for going public
  • complete the going public process effectively and efficiently
  • operate in a public company environment
  • manage the company through a liquidity event or exit strategy

Why Readers Should Buy This Book

Essentials of Corporate and Capital Formation is a book for anyone with an entrepreneurial urge to start a business or at the stage in their business where they need to think about their business’ structure and financing options. Readers will come away with my 40 years of real world experience distilled down to the essentials necessary to successfully transform their entrepreneurial vision into a thriving entity.

Why I Wrote This Book

From an entrepreneurial perspective, how to get done what needs to be gotten done in the real world isn’t taught anywhere. I wanted to share my 40 years of hands-on experience with the cadre of enterprising entrepreneurs coming behind me.

Do you have a blog, what is the link, what do you talk about in your blog?

No, I don’t have a blog.

Do you do speaking events? What are some common ones that you do on a regular basis? What do you talk about?

No, I don’t regularly speak to groups of entrepreneurs any more. When I do, I speak about entrepreneurship and finance.

Do you do your own marketing or PR? What is a good marketing / PR stratgey for a budding author?

I do my own PR with some assistance. The best strategy I can think of: Get on Oprah. Short of that, I really can’t say, as I’m new at being an author.

Do you tweet, facebook fan page, myspace friend or use any other social media to get the word out?

No. I have yet to enter the bold new world of social media.

What free online or offline tools do you use?

I’ve taken advantage of several free on- and offline tools to promote my book. I’ve been interviewed for inclusion in online sites such as this. I’ve contributed to two pieces – one about raising capital and another on choosing the right corporate structure – for About.com Entrepreneurs. I do book signings and provide copies of my book to professors teaching finance and entrepreneurship.

What is the best advice you never got?

The best advice I never got is that you learn more from the school of hard knocks and experience, than you’ll ever learn from someone telling you or from a book. However, my book was written to provide you with the best advice you never got or might never get!

What is the one thing that you did right?

While I think I’ve done many things “right,” one of the most significant of these was using the knowledge gained from my accounting and auditing experience with many different types of companies, in many types of industries, to become an entrepreneur; it made my transition from corporate accountant to public company CEO an easy one.

What was the biggest transition you had to make (i.e. new skill set, habits, abilities, focus)?

Most people would likely think the transition from partner in an international accounting firm to CFO of a public company would be a difficult transition. For me it was actually easy, mostly because I made it a practice to understand the companies I audited through the perspective of the owners.

What book(s) have you read that you would recommend to others?

  • Essentials of Corporate and Capital Formation (Of course!);
  • Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin;
  • All the Devils are Here by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera;
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind;
  • Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis; and
  • any novel by John Grisham or Robert Ludlum.

 

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