150+ Startup Acronyms for Entrepreneurs

Acronyms

Although I have more than 25 years of experience working with business, entrepreneurial and technical personnel, I continue to experience unfamiliar acronyms.  As a result, I decided to create a quick reference list summarizing acronyms utilized in the startup and entrepreneurial community.

Merriam Webster defines an acronym as “a word (such as NATO, radar or laser) formed from the initial letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term.”

The following list is in alphabetical order by acronym.  I hope it will be of value to you in your business and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Entrepreneur Acronyms

  1. ACA – Angel Capital Association
  2. ACCT – Account
  3. ACRS – Accelerated Cost Recovery System
  4. ADR – American Depositary Receipt
  5. AMT – Alternative Minimum Tax
  6. AP – Accounts Payable
  7. API – Application Programming Interface
  8. AR – Accounts Receivable
  9. ARC – African Regional Conference
  10. ARC – Appalachian Regional Council
  11. ARR – Annual Recurring Revenue
  12. ARR – Annual Run Rate
  13. ASP – Application Service Provider
  14. ATDC – Advanced Technology Development Center
  15. AUM – Assets Under Management
  16. B2B – Business to Business
  17. B2C – Business to Consumer
  18. BDC – Business Development Company
  19. BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal
  20. BOD – Board of Directors
  21. BR – Bounce Rate
  22. BS – Balance Sheet
  23. CAC – Customer Acquisition Cost
  24. CAGR – Compound Annual Growth Rate
  25. CAPEX – Capital Expenditures
  26. CAO – Chief Analytics Officer
  27. CEO – Chief Executive Officer
  28. CfIRA – Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates
  29. CFO – Chief Financial Officer
  30. CFP – Certified Financial Planner
  31. CfPA – Crowdfunding Professional Association
  32. CIO – Chief Information Officer
  33. CLTV – Customer Lifetime Value
  34. CMO – Chief Marketing Officer
  35. CMS – Content Management System
  36. COB – Close of Business
  37. COGS – Cost of Goods Sold
  38. COO – Chief Operating Officer
  39. CPA – Cost per Acquisition
  40. CPA – Certified Public Accountant
  41. CPC – Cost per Click
  42. CPC – Cost per Conversion
  43. CPL – Cost per Lead
  44. CPU – Central Processing Unit
  45. CPU – Cost per Unit
  46. CR – Conversion Rate
  47. CR – Credit
  48. CRM – Customer Relationship Management
  49. CSO – Chief Security Officer
  50. CT – Cap Table
  51. CTA – Call to Action
  52. CTO – Chief technology Officer
  53. CTR – Click-through Rate
  54. D&O Insurance – Directors and Officers Insurance
  55. DD – Due Diligence
  56. DNS – Domain Name Server
  57. DR – Debit
  58. EBAN – European Business Angels Network
  59. EBITDA – Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization
  60. EIN – Employer Identification Number
  61. EOD – End of Day
  62. EPS – Earnings per Share
  63. ERISA – Employee Retirement Income Security Act
  64. ESOP – Employee Stock Option Plan
  65. EV – Enterprise Value
  66. FEIN – Federal Employer Identification Number
  67. FIFO – First In First Out
  68. FFF – Friends & Family Round
  69. FMA – First Mover Advantage
  70. FTE – Full Time Employee
  71. FY – Fiscal Year
  72. GA – Google Analytics
  73. GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  74. GEW – Global Entrepreneurship Week
  75. GMV – Gross Merchandise Value
  76. GP – General Partner
  77. HR – Human Relations
  78. HTML – Hyper-text Markup Language
  79. IM – Instant Messaging
  80. IPO – Initial Public Offering
  81. IRA – Individual Retirement Account
  82. IRR – Internal Rate of Return
  83. IP Address – Internet Protocol Address
  84. ISP – Internet Service Provider
  85. JOBS – Jumpstart our Business Startups Act
  86. KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid
  87. KPI – Key Performance Indicator
  88. LBO – Leveraged Buyout
  89. LIFI – Last In First Out
  90. LLC – Limited Liability Company
  91. LP – Limited Partner
  92. LTM – Last Twelve Months
  93. LTV – Lifetime Value
  94. MBI – Management Buy-in
  95. MBO – Management Buyout
  96. MESBIC – Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies
  97. MF – Management Fee
  98. MoM – Month over Month
  99. MRR – Monthly Recurring Revenue
  100. MSP – Multi-sided Platform
  101. MVP – Minimal Viable Product
  102. NASD – National Association of Securities Dealers
  103. NACO – National Angel Capital Association
  104. NAV – Net Asset Value
  105. NDA – Non Disclosure Agreement
  106. NPV – Net Present Value
  107. NYSE – New York Stock Exchange
  108. OOO – Out of Office
  109. OS – Operating System
  110. OTC – Over the Counter
  111. PaaS – Platform as a Service
  112. P&L – Profit and Loss Statement
  113. PIK – Payments in Kind
  114. PIPE – Private Investment for Public Equity
  115. PIV – Pooled Investment Vehicle
  116. PM – Project Manager
  117. PMF – Product Market Fit
  118. POC – Proof of Concept
  119. PPC – Pay per Click
  120. PR – Public Relations
  121. PTE – Part-time Employee
  122. PTO – Paid Time Off
  123. PV – Page View
  124. QA – Quality Assurance
  125. QPAM – Qualified Professional Asset Manager
  126. QoQ – Quarter over Quarter
  127. R&D – Research and Development
  128. RAM – Random Access Memory
  129. ROA – Return on Assets
  130. ROE – Return on Equity
  131. ROFR – Right of First Refusal
  132. ROI – Return on Investment
  133. ROR – Ruby on Rails
  134. SaaS – Software as a Service
  135. SAFE – Simple Agreement for Future Equity
  136. SBA – Small Business Administration
  137. SBIC – Small Business Investment Company
  138. SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research Program
  139. SCCE – Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  140. SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission
  141. SEO – Search Engine Optimization
  142. SEM – Search Engine Marketing
  143. SHA – Shareholders Agreement
  144. SM – Servicemark
  145. SM – Social Media
  146. SMB – Small to Medium Business
  147. SMM – Social Media Marketing
  148. SPAC – Specified Purpose Acquisition Company
  149. STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer Program
  150. SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis
  151. TM – Trademark
  152. TS – Term Sheet
  153. UI – User Interface
  154. ULPA – Uniform Limited Partnership Act
  155. URL – Universal Resource Manager
  156. USPTO – United States Patent & Trademark office
  157. UV – Unique Visitor
  158. UX – User Experience
  159. VC – Venture Capital / Venture Capitalist
  160. VPN – Virtual Private Network
  161. WOM – Word of Mouth
  162. WoW – Week over Week
  163. YoY – Year over Year
  164. YTD – Year to date

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Tony Lettich

Tony Lettich has previous corporate venture capital experience and currently serves as Managing Director of The Angel Roundtable. He is a co-founder of FundingSage, which provides valuable information, tools and resources to entrepreneurs seeking to start, grow and fund a business.