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7 Investor Term Sheet Demands Startups Need Not Fear

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors, on the other hand, look at the money figure, and even the equity, as the easy part. Type of stock assigned to the investor.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011


Or they are looking at Hiring a CTO and want to see what salary and equity ranges look like. Powered by Tableau I'm showing snapshots below.

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For Equity Investors, A Startup Has To End To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. Find a private equity firm or friendly individual.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

Setting the early equity split in stone is one of the biggest mistakes founders can make. Having the real facts helps us ask better questions.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits. Contact.

What is convertible equity (or a convertible security)?

Startup Company Lawyer

Quick answer: convertible equity (or a convertible security) is convertible debt without the repayment feature at maturity or interest. ”  In response, Seth Levine wrote a very thoughtful post on convertible debt versus equity.  Fred Wilson has been openly critical of convertible debt , and prefers priced equity rounds.

Private Equity: Threat or Menace?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Private equity is under attack in Presidential politics. So, What is Private Equity, Exactly? What Might You Want from Private Equity?

Superfund Equities Report - 12/01/2104


Superfund Equities Report SIGN UP AT WWW.TINYLETTER.COM/SUPERFUND Greetings December! Perhaps switching to Saudi only oil and for that fact, eastern demand for precious metals? Make your own ''going vertical'' joke - LINK TO GREAT PROFITS! - CH Chad Hagan CEO, Hagan Capital EIC, Superfund Equities Come on strong winter!

11/29/2014 - Superfund Equities Report


11/29/2014 - Superfund Equities Report - The fund sold F (Ford) and piled up on TASR (Taser), SWHC (Smith & Wesson), ZNGA (Zynga) and ABR (Arbor REIT) Citi Group''s Index unit is for sale - LINK OPEC''s meeting in Vienna this week shook the oil markets. West Texas Intermediate is at: $66.15 Boyd Gaming Co.

Professional Investors Qualms About Crowdfunding

Startup Professionals Musings

At least ten online portals are already gearing up to help regular people buy startup equity, without abiding by accredited investor rules.

Should Equity-Based Crowd Funding Be Legal?

Growthink Blog

Letting small companies sell equity stakes online would be a huge boost to those firms—like angel investing on steroids. Broadening the Base Currently, equity-based crowd funding falls under strict Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing angel investing. Funding is the lifeblood of any small business. million U.S. read more.

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How much equity do I give an advisor? What do they give me?

The Startup Toolkit

Going back to the more normal 0.5-2%, you treat advisor equity just like founder or employee equity: vested over 4 years. also try to grab a coffee with each advisor about once a month, which I stagger so that I meet with a different advisor every week. I get regular intros & feedback, and they endure minimal demands on their time.

SBA Helping Owners Tap Their Real Estate Loans for Equity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Business owners may be overlooking a SBA program that helps them refinance commercial loans to obtain working capital. Financing is still the No.

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Equity Crowdfunding Companies To Invest Into During Summer


Our region is not lagging behind, in fact when it comes to equity crowd funding we are definitely ahead of the curve. Top Photo by Shutterstoc

7 Ways to Motivate Your Startup Team — Without Giving Away Equity


Sharing equity in your business early on can lead to complex problems as your company grows. It’s not just greed. Show them you care.

Entrepreneur Startup Share Depends on Contribution

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first tough decisions that startup founders have to make is how to allocate or split the equity among co-founders. Funding.

10 Steps to Raising VC Funding For Your Startup

Early Growth Financial Services

There isn’t of course, but there are ways to make the process feel less like a heroic quest and more like a demanding but achievable goal. You’ll greatly increase your chances of success if you identify your milestones and then calculate how much capital you need to raise in … read more > Equity / Debt / Venture Funding

Crowd Funding – A Critique for Entrepreneurs and Investors


Consequently, US regulators have discouraged the selling of equity (shares) through crowd funding websites, so online companies, such as , offer the opportunity to donate funds to interesting US startup ventures in exchange for the right to become early product users or simply listed on the new ventures’ websites. Summary.

April 4-Innovation in Private Company Liquidity-Online Merger Markets, Social Media, Secondary Markets, Non-US Markets, Private Equity, and the Disappearing IPO

David Teten

Events Private Equity Venture CapitalClick here to make a reservation. Historically the dream of many entrepreneurs has been to go public.

Fundraising? Be a Buyer, not a Seller


Here’s the thing: At the early stage there’s tons of demand for capital and fewer sources. So, what’s the solution?

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Splitting Startup Equity for Your Piece of the Pie

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first tough decisions that startup founders have to make is how to allocate or split the equity among co-founders. Funding.

The Difference Between Existing Markets and New Markets

Thinking About Thinking

These are all existing markets. A new market is a market where the end product or service is new – in other words there isn’t really existing demand, but there could be.  Filed under: Growth Equity , Technology , Venture Capital. Growth Equity Technology Venture Capital Globaltranz market size prosper spacex ube

Equity Clawbacks: How to Avoid a Zynga Situation

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's how you can avoid Zynga's equity snafu if you're considering offering employees stock options.

Viola Private Equity Pumps $7 Million into Zend

VC Cafe

As a result of this round, Harel Beit-On, Founder and General Partner at Viola Private Equity will be joining Zend’s board of directors.

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Bootstrap Their Startup


In fact, most of the rich entrepreneurs you know actively turned away early equity proposals. Image via and

The Pre-money vs. Post-money Confusion With Convertible Notes

Feld Thoughts

Or, if you just want the paragraph, it’s: “If this note converts at a price higher than the cap that you have been given you agree that in the conversion of the note into equity you agree to allow your stock to be converted such that you will receive no more than a 1x non-participating liquidation preference plus any agreed interest.”.

7 Things Investors Use To Determine Valuation

Early Growth Financial Services

I’ve already addressed formal valuation for startups in previous posts: Generating Your 409A Valuation and Calculating Your Equity Valuation. It’s a pretty simple equation, in some ways: If there is a demand and your company satisfies the demand, your valuation will be high. But, of course, it’s much more complicated than that.

5 Ways To Check Your Investor Intent Before Signing

Startup Professionals Musings

Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels.

Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Ahead For A Startup Exit

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. Find a private equity firm or friendly individual.

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Time is too precious to waste trying to close a deal with the wrong investors at the wrong time. Congratulations! Marty Zwilling.

5 Surprising Truths From A Crowdfunding Advocate

Startup Professionals Musings

Crowdfunding to gauge demand is not recommended, since failed campaigns don’t usually recover later. Startup revenues come later.

Introducing Digital Fortress

Non-Linear Growth

What we found was a fragmented market that had great supply-demand characteristics. With our equity partners, Halyard Capital and Sweetwater Capital, we have dry powder to fund further organic and acquisition-based expansion plans. Getting this transaction done was a long an arduous process. In concept that sounds easy.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

The Laws of Supply & Demand. The most basic chart of microeconomics is a supply & demand curve. There is reason for despondency.

Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator

Startup Professionals Musings

But the application process can be very competitive, and expensive in terms of equity and cash. Direction, mentoring and resources required.

Looking for investors? Here’s how to value your startup

The Next Web

Supply and demand. your equity in a hot new patented technology business), the higher the demand (e.g., Your industry.

8 Silly Phrases Marketers Should Avoid

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Demand creation" Example: "This trade show is a demand creation activity." No amount of marketing can "create" demand.

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First Seven Jobs

Feld Thoughts

charged $30 / hour (instead of the $3 / hour my friends got working at retail stores) and had so much demand that I decided I would only tutor girls. learned about equity from this job, as I’d get monthly royalty checks in my first few years at MIT for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. remember procrastinating a lot.

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Startups are the Place to Find and Use Baby Boomers


They have the maturity and sophistication to deal with your demanding executives and partners. Richard Branson image via Wikipedia.

Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Taking on equity investors to fund your company is much like getting married – it is a long-term relationship that has to work at all levels.

Riding the Elephant

The Startup Lawyer

With the surge in demand for technical co-founders, many startups have no choice but to contract with dev shops to build their idea. Therefore, be sure that equity compensation in exchange for dev shop services is “small” and granted or vest according to a milestone schedule. Startup Issues