Discover one of the surest means to create personal wealth by building a profitable business

Every now and then, a business book comes along that offers original insights and a fresh perspective.  In The Value Equation: A Business Guide to Creating Wealth for Entrepreneurs and Investors, veteran executive, entrepreneur, and investor Chris Volk delivers an engaging, straightforward explanation about how businesses work and provide wealth for entrepreneurs and investors. The author’s signature approach is centered on his award-winning wealth creation formula in a book designed to simplify complex subjects with math no more complicated than what you learned in middle school.

Readers will become acquainted with the characteristics of successful business models, together with insights into how leaders can improve their own models in ways that generate personal and collective wealth. The author’s framework presented in The Value Equation is the foundation upon which most of the largest personal fortunes were built.

Chris Volk also provides supplemental materials including interactive Excel spreadsheets, illustrations, and sample corporate financial models on a companion website. There is even a link to an award-winning video series created by Volk that served as his inspiration for the book. Full of illustrative case studies that highlight crucial business and finance concepts The Value Equation includes:

  • Explorations of the true value of using OPM (Other People’s Money) and capital stack variations to build and grow your company.
  • Advice on business assembly, growth, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate reengineering, including discussions of valuation multiples, common risks, and capital options.
  • Guidance on how to valuate business models, delivered with help from a variety of stories and case studies.  Uniquely, the author also draws on his own background, including the introduction of three successful companies to the public markets, two of which he was instrumental in founding.

The Value Equation is an indispensable addition to the libraries of anyone interested in growing wealth and capital through business, whether as a business leader, entrepreneur or investor.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Preface
  6. Introduction
  7. Chapter 1: Free Enterprise and Wealth Creation
  8. Chapter 2: Daymond John and the First Variable
  9. Chapter 3: The Capital Stack and Two More Variables
  10. Chapter 4: Three More Variables and Voilà!
  11. Chapter 5: The Value Equation
  12. Chapter 6: Business Model Evaluation
  13. Chapter 7: Pulling the Corporate Efficiency Levers
  14. Chapter 8: Choosing from Your OPM Options
  15. Chapter 9: Opportunity Cost
  16. Chapter 10: The Final Form of OPM
  17. Chapter 11: A Look at Public Companies
  18. Chapter 12: Animal Spirits
  19. Chapter 13: Mergers and Acquisitions
  20. Chapter 14: The Essential Ingredient
  21. Chapter 15: The Art of the Possible
  22. Glossary of Terms
  23. The Value Equation Framework
  24. Acknowledgments
  25. About the Author
  26. Index
  27. End User License Agreement