I'm a software developer who wants to charge companies based off any reasonable metric of worth I can find.
For public companies, "Market Cap" is a pretty straight-forward choice. It can be defined as a simple function.
For what I'm doing, I really don't need a high level of accuracy. I could deal with a tolerance of
+/- 10%, and just take the low end. But I do need something that can be checked by both parties.
These are the methods listed in the linked article:
CCA (comparable company analysis) - basically look up a bunch of public companies with similar attributes, average them.
Private Equity Valuation Metrics - appears to require a recent merger, acquisition, or IPO... but should one of those happen, there is an evaluation stage
Then rest are even more complicated...
My current idea is that private companies would check out their evaluation through some standardized tool and then be able to archive it.
If I had some means of coming up with a number and presenting it, would it be legally acceptable to define that as their company value in a license?
What alternatives to legally defining the value of a private company am I missing?