Acronyms for Startups

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

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Holding Company -  A corporation that owns the securities of another, in most cases with voting control.3
Holding Period -  The amount of time an investor has held an investment. The period begins on the date of purchase and ends on the date of sale, and determines whether a gain or loss is considered short term or long term, for capital-gains-tax purposes.3
Home Run -  When a company has an exit that returns 20 or more times investors' initial capital.7
Honeypot -  A highly attractive offering used to entice a specific, targeted audience.6
Hot Issue -  A newly issued stock that is in great public demand. Technically, it is when the secondary market price on the effective date is above the new issue offering price. Hot issues usually experience a dramatic rise in price at their initial public offering because the market demand outweighs the supply.3
HR -  Human Relations
HTML -  Hyper-text Markup Language
HTTP -  Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
HTTPS -  Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure
Hurdle Rate -  The internal rate of return that a fund must achieve before its general partners or managers may receive an increased interest in the proceeds of the fund. Often, if the expected rate of return on an investment is below the hurdle rate, the project is not undertaken.3