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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

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And as my partner Rob Go likes to say, “Time kills all deals.”). Lower-Than-Market Value. This approach is almost never a good idea.

Both sides must be fair in a term sheet negotiation.

Berkonomics

Just a few of these terms include vesting, corporate structure, governance principles, financing strategy, valuation and exit strategy.

Notes on the acquisition process

Chris Dixon

Clearly it is better to be in high demand and have inbound interest. Moreover, some public companies insist that you don’t talk to employees until the deal is closed or almost closed. Some even go so far as to try to cut side deals with key employees to entice them to abandon the other employees and investors. startups

Bring something to the party when working with others

Taffy Williams

Your previous boss demanded exceptional work from you, but never recognized your contributions. Let me digress for a minute.

Who Invests In Investors: Homebrew LP Shares VC Performance Goals, Importance of Diversity & What They Look For In New Funds

Hunter Walker

The James Irvine Foundation  joined us in Fund I and has been a great partner since. How could we not get up each morning excited to help that cause!?!

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Groupon Tries to Broaden Its Appeal With Self-Serve Deal Tool

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In a move designed to grow the business, Groupon is giving some merchants the power to create their own daily deals.

Deal Certainty ?The Fallacy of a New Market

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In the aftermath of the economic crisis that began in mid-2007, much ink has been spilled on the lessons learned by buyers and sellers regarding the pitfalls of deal certainty and the development of new paradigms for both financial and strategic buyers. Sound off on this week's buzz in the Comments Section

A Summary of Current Trends in Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions - 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

With keen international interest in Canada's resource sector, the return of financial buyers, strategic investors looking to pursue acquisitions as a means of increasing earnings, and the recent uptick in Canadian "mega-deal" activity, there is no better time to discuss the M&A trends unfolding in 2011. HOSTILE DEALS. targets. Awards.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Right out of Graduate School, I started my career with one of the big four accounting firms in their M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) practice. I was trading real heavy hours for heavy dollars, and led a very mobile, demanding and by choice, a pressure packed lifestyle. It turns out Sunil has done a few things. understand my profession.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part IV

Gust

In Parts II and III, we looked at commonly used mandatory and voluntary conversion language in convertible notes.  To account for scenarios in which the startup is acquired before it has a chance to complete a priced equity financing round, most term sheets and deal documents contain a “ change in control ” provision. 

Looking for a job in VC

Will Price

While much has been said about the process already, it appears the demand for guidance is undiminished. Later stage firms typically value financial analysis, deal structuring, and deal execution skills. This post summarizes some of the advice I am giving people. Second, the world is intensely competitive.

The downside of high valuations

StartupCFO

When we hear about high pre-money valuations for companies like Quora it can be tempting to demand higher valuations for your own company. When it comes to deal structuring, the higher you push the valuation, the more “protections&# investors will build in. Valuations are high. This is known as a double dip.

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner.  You don’t need a lot (or any) cash to get a great domain name. 

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner.  You don’t need a lot (or any) cash to get a great domain name. 

Cracking The Code: The Bessemer 10 laws of SaaS - Fall 2008.

Cracking the Code

Only after reaching $1M in CMRR should you consider hiring European sales and services execs behind customer demand. Cracking The Code. Really.