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Getting Funded: Step 4, Due Diligence

Passionate Intensity

Due Diligence” is a broadly defined term with explanations here: WikiPedia , Webster’s , and elsewhere. YOU should….

Getting Due Diligence Ready


So, if you have not done so already, I recommend picking up a Neat scanner and getting yourself due diligence ready. Business Diligence.

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

If you get to the point where you’re about to marry a VC and take their money, there will be a due diligence process. Accounting.

Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

Angel Investing News

Investors will eventually want to validate the intellectual property (IP) prior to investing but not just to hear about the opportunity. After hearing an interesting presentation, these professional investors will engage with the entrepreneur in a process called “due diligence,” an exhaustive review of the business plan.

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Startups and IP Ownership Issues

Scott Edward Walker

For many startups, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset. Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g.,

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Getting Funded: Step 4, Due Diligence

Passionate Intensity

You made it through the partner meeting , your email dings, your phone rings — good news: the VCs liked your company enough to proceed to the next step: due diligence. Due Diligence” is a broadly defined term with explanations here: WikiPedia , Webster’s , and elsewhere. Due diligence is a two-way street.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups


Having covered all the bases to ensure that your corporate name is available, the domain name can be acquired, and the name doesn’t infringe any existing trademarks (as we discussed last week ), now is a good time to look at the categories of intellectual property (IP) that are relevant to most startups. Instagram is a textbook example.)

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Mistake #2 : not buttoning-down IP ownership issues (at 10:20). Mistake #5 : not doing your due diligence on potential investors (at 38:36).

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

I seldom hire patent attorneys during due diligence but this was too important. We hired IP specialists to review prior art.

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Prior to the event, I conducted a legal workshop entitled “The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make,” which I have uploaded below.

The Top 4 Items You Need Documented When Selling Your Website Through a Broker

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

As long as the information provided is accurate, clearly documented and easy to verify in due diligence, the seller will have a successful exit.

Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Steve Blank

Doing so meant they would have to take risks for IP acquisition and customer/market risks outside their experience or comfort zone. Epilogue.

5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

Up and Running

This is when you start sharing stuff about your market potential without having first done some deep due diligence on your market opportunity.

The Unbiased And Updated Guide To Selecting The Right Hosting Company


Choosing your hosting company without due diligence can result in loss of customers, reputation, and sleep. Step #1: Know Your Needs.

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

IP Ownership. and the employee handbook to determine if there are any provisions that may give the prior employer rights to your startup’s IP.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

Pitch it with passion, while addressing any issues or ‘warts’ candidly and honestly (they will come out in due diligence anyway).

Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

Up and Running

Make sure you’ve done the due diligence on all of these areas of your business. You have to do some due diligence.

Getting Series A Ready


At Real Ventures , we run a dedicated program of seed stage investments. To date we have made 34 of them + another 20 Founderfuel investments.

Preparing For An Acquisition


More than 50% of deals fail, often due to uncovering skeletons in the closet. by Jeff Stark, Audit Partner at Sensiba San Filippo.

The Inside Story of a Small Startup Acquisition (Part 3)

Software By Rob

Could you talk a bit about the diligence you did during the acquisition? How long into the discussion before you commenced diligence?

allensblog: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Worry about NDA's

Allen's Blog

are not the areas in which IP matters much.  That said, I can honestly assert that, from my experience, an awesome idea, adequately covered by available IP protections -- but with crappy execution -- never wins. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. Why Entrepreneurs Shouldnt Worry about NDAs.

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HBS Angels Healthcare Night

David Teten

C8 Sciences ( [link] ) markets web-delivered cognitive development programs based on Yale IP of integrated computer and physical exercises. Cell>Point ( ) is a late-stage biotech-molecular imaging and therapeutics company with strong IP. The evening is sponsored by a Fortune 500 medical technology company.

Startup Blog: Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug.

Taffy Williams

Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Linda M.

Startup Resources

IP Location Tools. Lodestone Innovation Partners (IP) Ltd are spin-out specialists. Diligent. Due Diligence. link].

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

Both Sides of the Table

We moved into the legal process and final due diligence in January and February of 2000. Let me start with a story. Yes, this was stupid.

Shout Out to Seth Levine, or the In-N-Out burger startup

Scalable Startup

Shout Out to Seth Levine – Seth Levine’s VC Adventure – “I’m getting sick of the bull$%!^” ” [link]. link]. link].

Eric Sink. Things I learned in selling Teamprise to Microsoft. Video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

And then you start what's called the "due diligence" process. He’s the first to have coined the term “Micro-ISV”. Applause].

A Compilation of the Web's Best Advice for Entrepreneurs

Platforms and Networks

skip to main | skip to sidebar Platforms and Networks Thoughts about platforms, network effects and entrepreneurship Wednesday, November 25, 2009 A Compilation of the Webs Best Advice for Entrepreneurs Below, I link to blog posts and other online resources that offer advice for entrepreneurs. Great list. Tom, well done - solid list. Great list!

Preparing to Wind Down a Business: What information do you need?

Ask The VC

When you buy an existing business, you typically do what is referred to as "due diligence" to make sure you know what you are buying. Similarly, when you are winding down a business, you must do your due diligence to make sure you know what assets and liabilities the company still has and how best to handle them.

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

Both Sides of the Table

As I’m generally a believer in ‘pricing rounds’ I initially didn’t agree with the premise of the post. Photo credit: D.

Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 2: They Raised Money With My.

Steve Blank

During the due-diligence process, I sat down with one of the partners who pulled out a set of slides and asked me: ”Have you seen these?” Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy » 24 Responses Tweets that mention Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 2: They Raised Money With My Slides?!

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CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire.NET programmers

Expensify Blog. Expense Reports That Don't Suck. CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire.NET programmers. Some additional comments at the end. Brian.

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Startup Blog: Licensing Technologies from Universities ? Tips for.

Taffy Williams

Universities have an obligation to ensure that their technology benefits society, so due diligence provisions should be a part of every license.

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Beware The Consultant

The ultimate irony is that when we later sold the Company for a substantial amount of money, it was discovered during due diligence that the prestigiously inept firm (whose name rhymes with a type of pasta) screwed up a basic corporate filing. IP) is an ugly thing at a startup. About Who the Heck is Uncle Saul? infoChachkie.

We’re Asking the Wrong Questions

Ask the Angels

Before we get tied up in legal and financial due diligence we should be working out the exit. I recently reviewed a set of investment ready criteria published by a respected Angel Group (not the Pasadena Angels). You could quickly infer from the questions that the objective was to find a high growth potential venture to invest in.

Crossing Boundaries

Launching Tech Ventures

For instance, the systems used for intelligence analysis in the government have not cross-pollinated with investment due diligence tools, even though they face similar data collection and analysis challenges. These divisions become even more dramatic when examining the divide between particular sub-sections.

Startup Blog: Inventions & Patents are Critical - The Technology.

Taffy Williams

Prior art will allow the examiner to take a position that the invention was obvious due to public data! Why is this important? I Did What?

Raising Capital: Fundable Businesses

Entrepreneurship Blog

Furthermore, it's rare that features have deep enough IP to be protectable or valuable. Knowing what a meaningful exit for the firm is key to understanding whether or not the business will ultimately be considered fundable and should be a part of the due-diligence done by the entrepreneur prior to meeting with the VC.

4 steps to effective Disaster Recovery planning

Active Garage

Question : A wildfire 10 miles away from your company headquarters is raging out of control. What do you do? Information Gathering.

Bribery in the UK

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Funds operating in emerging markets, or where foreign government contracts in developing countries are central to their business, will need to conduct a full risk assessment, including due diligence on business partners, and adopt more comprehensive procedures than those operating in more mature and regulated markets. View Full Bio.