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. FMA – First Mover Advantage
  69. FTE – Full Time Employee
  70. FY – Fiscal Year
  71. GA – Google Analytics
  72. GAAP – Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  73. GEW – Global Entrepreneurship Week
  74. GMV – Gross Merchandise Value
  75. GP – General Partner
  76. HR – Human Relations
  77. HTML – Hyper-text Markup Language
  78. IM – Instant Messaging
  79. IPO – Initial Public Offering
  80. IRA – Individual Retirement Account
  81. IRR – Internal Rate of Return
  82. IP Address – Internet Protocol Address
  83. ISP – Internet Service Provider
  84. JOBS – Jumpstart our Business Startups Act
  85. KISS – Keep it Simple Stupid
  86. KPI – Key Performance Indicator
  87. LBO – Leveraged Buyout
  88. LIFI – Last In First Out
  89. LLC – Limited Liability Company
  90. LP – Limited Partner
  91. LTM – Last Twelve Months
  92. LTV – Lifetime Value
  93. MBI – Management Buy-in
  94. MBO – Management Buyout
  95. MESBIC – Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies
  96. MF – Management Fee
  97. MoM – Month over Month
  98. MRR – Monthly Recurring Revenue
  99. MSP – Multi-sided Platform
  100. MVP – Minimal Viable Product
  101. NASD – National Association of Securities Dealers
  102. NACO – National Angel Capital Association
  103. NAV – Net Asset Value
  104. NDA – Non Disclosure Agreement
  105. NPV – Net Present Value
  106. NYSE – New York Stock Exchange
  107. OOO – Out of Office
  108. OS – Operating System
  109. OTC – Over the Counter
  110. PaaS – Platform as a Service
  111. P&L – Profit and Loss Statement
  112. PIK – Payments in Kind
  113. PIPE – Private Investment for Public Equity
  114. PIV – Pooled Investment Vehicle
  115. PM – Project Manager
  116. PMF – Product Market Fit
  117. POC – Proof of Concept
  118. PPC – Pay per Click
  119. PR – Public Relations
  120. PTE – Part-time Employee
  121. PTO – Paid Time Off
  122. PV – Page View
  123. QA – Quality Assurance
  124. QPAM – Qualified Professional Asset Manager
  125. QoQ – Quarter over Quarter
  126. R&D – Research and Development
  127. RAM – Random Access Memory
  128. ROA – Return on Assets
  129. ROE – Return on Equity
  130. ROFR – Right of First Refusal
  131. ROI – Return on Investment
  132. ROR – Ruby on Rails
  133. SaaS – Software as a Service
  134. SAFE – Simple Agreement for Future Equity
  135. SBA – Small Business Administration
  136. SBIC – Small Business Investment Company
  137. SBIR – Small Business Innovation Research Program
  138. SCCE – Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  139. SEC – Securities and Exchange Commission
  140. SEO – Search Engine Optimization
  141. SHA – Shareholders Agreement
  142. SM – Social Media
  143. SMB – Small to Medium Business
  144. SMM – Social Media Marketing
  145. SPAC – Specified Purpose Acquisition Company
  146. STTR – Small Business Technology Transfer Program
  147. SWOT – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis
  148. TS – Term Sheet
  149. UI – User Interface
  150. ULPA – Uniform Limited Partnership Act
  151. URL – Universal Resource Manager
  152. UV – Unique Visitor
  153. UX – User Experience
  154. VC – Venture Capital / Venture Capitalist
  155. VPN – Virtual Private Network
  156. WOM – Word of Mouth
  157. WoW – Week over Week
  158. YoY – Year over Year
  159. 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.