Acronyms for Startups – FundingSage

Here is a listing of  acronyms commonly used by entrepreneurs, investors, accelerators, and others who interact with startup ventures and startup financing:

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ACA -  Angel Capital Association  
ACCT -  Account
ACRS -  Accelerated Cost Recovery System.
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ADR -  American Depositary Receipt
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AMT -  Alternative Minimum Tax.
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AP -  Accounts Payable
API -  Application Programming Interface
AR -  Accounts Receivable
ARC -  African Regional Conference
ARC -  Appalachian Regional Council
ARR -  Annual Recurring Revenue.
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ARR -  Annual Run Rate
ASP -  Application Service Provider
ATDC -  Advanced Technology Development Center
AUM -  Assets Under Management
B2B -  Business to Business.
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B2C -  Business to Consumer.
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BDC -  Business Development Company
BHAG -  Big Hairy Audacious Goal.
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BOD -  Board of Directors
BR -  Bounce Rate
BS -  Balance Sheet
CAC -  Customer Acquisition Cost
CAGR -  Compound Annual Growth Rate.
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CAO -  Chief Analytics Officer.
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CAPEX -  Capital Expenditures
CCE -  Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics
CEO -  Chief Executive Officer
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CfIRA -  Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates
CFO -  Chief Financial Officer.
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CFP -  Certified Financial Planner
CfPA -  Crowdfunding Professional Association
CIO -  Chief Intelligence Officer
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CLTV -  Customer Lifetime Value
CMO -  Chief Marketing Officer.
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CMS -  Content Management System
COB -  Close of Business
COGS -  Cost of Goods Sold
COO -  Chief Operating Officer.
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CPA -  Cost per Acquisition
CPA -  Certified Public Accountant
CPC -  Cost per Click
CPC -  Cost per Conversion
CPL -  Cost per Lead
CPU -  Central Processing Unit
CPU -  Cost per Unit
CR -  Conversion Rate
CR -  Credit
CRM -  Customer Relationship Management
CSO -  Chief Security Officer
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CT -  Cap Table
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CTA -  Call to Action
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CTO -  Chief Technical Officer
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CTR -  Click-through Rate
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DD -  Due Diligence
DNS -  Domain Name Server
DR -  Debit
EBAN -  European Business Angels Network
EBITDA -  Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization.
EIN -  Employer Identification Number
EOD -  End of Day
EPS -  Earnings per Share
ERISA -  Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
ESOP -  Employee Stock Option Plan
EV -  Enterprise Value
FEIN -  Federal Employer Identification Number
FFF -  Friends & Family Round
FIFO -  First In First Out
FMA -  First Mover Advantage
FTE -  Full Time Employee
FY -  Fiscal Year
GA -  Google Analytics
GAAP -  Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GEW -  Global Entrepreneurship Week
GMV -  Gross Merchandise Value
GP -  General Partner
HR -  Human Relations
HTML -  Hyper-text Markup Language
IM -  Instant Messaging
IP Address -  Internet Protocol Address
IPO -  Initial Public Offering.
IRA -  Individual Retirement Account
IRR -  Internal Rate of Return.
ISP -  Internet Service Provider
JOBS -  Jumpstart our Business Startups Act
KISS -  Keep it Simple Stupid
KPI -  Key Performance Indicator
LBO -  Leveraged Buyout
LIFI -  Last In First Out
LLC -  Limited Liability Company
LP -  Limited Partner
LTM -  Last Twelve Months
LTV -  Lifetime Value
MBI -  Management Buy-in
MBO -  Management Buyout
MESBIC -  Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Companies
MF -  Management Fee
MoM -  Month over Month
MRR -  Monthly Recurring Revenue
MSP -  Multi-sided Platform
MVP -  Minimal Viable Product
NACO -  National Angel Capital Association
NASD -  National Association of Securities Dealers
NAV -  Net Asset Value
NDA -  Non Disclosure Agreement
NPV -  Net Present Value
NYSE -  The New York Stock Exchange.
OOO -  Out of Office
OS -  Operating System
OTC -  Over-the-Counter.
P&L -  Profit and Loss Statement
PaaS -  Platform as a Service
PIK -  Payments in Kind
PIPE -  Private Investment for Public Equity.
PIV -  Pooled Investment Vehicle.
PM -  Project Manager
POC -  Proof of Concept
PPC -  Pay per Click
PR -  Public Relations
PTE -  Part-time Employee
PTO -  Paid Time Off
PV -  Page View
QA -  Quality Assurance
QoQ -  Quarter over Quarter
QPAM -  Qualified professional asset manager as defined by ERISA.3
- Synonyms: Qualified Professional Asset Manager
QPAM -  Qualified Professional Asset Manager
R&D -  Research and Development
RAM -  Random Access Memory
ROA -  Return on Assets
ROE -  Return on Equity
ROI -  Return on Investment
ROR -  Ruby on Rails
SaaS -  Software as a Service.
SAFE -  Simple Agreement for Future Equity
SBA -  Small Business Administration
SBIC -  Small Business Investment Company
SBIR -  Small Business Innovation Research Program
SEM -  Search Engine Marketing
SEO -  Search Engine Optimization
SHA -  Shareholders Agreement
SM -  Servicemark
SM -  Social Media
SMB -  Small to Medium Business
SMM -  Social Media Marketing
SPAC -  Specified Purpose Acquisition Company
STTR -  The Small Business Technology Transfer program.
SWOT -  Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis
TM -  Trademark
TS -  Term Sheet
UI -  User Interface
ULPA -  Uniform Limited Partnership Act
URL -  Universal Resource Locator.
USPTO -  United States Patent & Trademark office
UV -  Unique Visitor
UX -  User Experience
VC -  Venture Capital / Venture Capitalist
VPN -  Virtual Private Network
WOM -  Word of Mouth
WoW -  Week over Week
YOY -  Year over year.
YTD -  Year to Date