Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part I

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It should therefore come as no surprise that an asymmetry of information exists, mostly gleaned from experience, between founders and investors in a venture financing deal. For a traditional VC financing round structured as a sale of preferred stock, the best resources I can recommend are the Term Sheet Series by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson and Startup Company Lawyer by Yokum Taku.

Ten million users is the new one million users

cdixon.org

It’s becoming increasingly common for early-stage consumer startups to do bridge financings (raising more money from past investors, usually on terms similar to the prior round) instead of Series As. - Entrepreneurs and investors have been enamored with consumer internet startups for the last few years. But there are signs this is ending. Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. In finance they call it “terminal value” but the truth is the price is as arbitrary at your A round as it is at your seed round. Plus, if you price it then when you go to your next round of financing there is no haggling with future investors on what the note should be priced at. I really just want to champion Finance 101 to entrepreneurs. This week.

Thoughts on Convertible Notes

K9 Ventures

The convertible note was really intended as an instrument for a “bridge financing” – when an equity round was imminent, and likely to occur, but the company needed some money in between. The bridge to the Pacific ocean.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

Both Sides of the Table

Often when startups who have raised venture capital need another round of financing they will turn to their existing investors to give them money before raising from outsiders. a loan) that is later converted to equity at the time of the next financing.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

Both Sides of the Table

Often times when companies raise “bridgefinancing (this is money from internal investors. Doxo (November 2009 financing, just announced in May 2010 as company exited stealth mode). We just had our sixth episode of #TWiVC and I felt this one was the best.

Bad Notes on VC

Gust

It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. In finance they call it “terminal value” but the truth is the price is as arbitrary at your A round as it is at your seed round. Plus, if you price it then when you go to your next round of financing there is no haggling with future investors on what the note should be priced at. I really just want to champion Finance 101 to entrepreneurs. This week. On the phone …. Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: Yeah.

Know the Mindset

ithacaVC

It may explain why Fund Y tries to protect itself, via deal terms, from pay to play provisions that would kick in with respect to future financings. Alternatively, if a company is trying to raise bridge financing and one of the existing investors (call it Fund Z) is pushing hard for downside protection that is well beyond normal, there may be justified/understandable reasons for Fund Z’s position.

SEC Defines Venture Capital

Venture Chronicles

Here’s what would, according to this definition, be illegal for a venture capital fund to undertake: Private investment in public entity (PIPE) financing. This has been a lucrative area for VC funds to invest in and has also been critically important for companies to tap when other finance options (e.g. Bridge financing. The SEC fulfilled their obligation under the Frank-Dodd financial reform bill and defined what venture capital is.

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What is a convertible bridge note with a price cap?

Startup Company Lawyer

I seem to be doing a lot of pre-Series A convertible bridge note financings these days. 50%) or warrant coverage are typically more company-favorable than a Series A financing where a valuation is set. I think many sophisticated angel investors realize that convertible bridge notes do not adequately compensate angel investors for the risk that they take in funding early-stage companies.

How to Evaluate an Offer from a Startup Incubator

The Startup Lawyer

Like any issuance of stock or investment, one of the main things a startup should be concerned with is: Is this going to fuck up a future financing ? If the terms won’t hinder a future financing, then your startup is good to go. If not, the incubator is just a bridge financing to potentially nowhere for your startup. Great news — your startup just got accepted to an incubator!

Is Europe going to emasculate venture with misguided regulation ?

Fred Destin

Imagine you are a small startup from the south of France posing a threat to IBM on one of its product lines but currently bridge financed by your investors.

The Basics of Small Business Loans [WEBINAR]

Up and Running

Hopefully I’ll be able to add some value with some of the financing needs that your businesses may need. Then we look at what the small business financing needs. “How do I tackle my financing needs as a startup?” They’re pretty good options for financing the business.

ProfessorVC: Why I Hate Convertible Debt.Let Me Count the Ways

Professor VC

This will also serve as a good pointer for all the entrepreneurs who ask why I am not interested in their company led convertible note financing round. Is This a Bridge or a Pier? This can make it much more difficult to get any bank financing, new investment, and trade credit. Depending on how the transaction is structured, investors could block a financing and potentially take over the intellectual property. In cases where it is truly a bridge financing (i.e.

The Option Pool Shuffle

venturehacks.com

Reading on, the term sheet states, “The $8 million pre-money valuation includes an option pool equal to 20% of the post-financing fully diluted capitalization.&# That does work if the company gets sold before another round of financing. Venture Hacks Good advice for startups.