The Importance of Bridge Funding for StartUps

The Startup Magazine

It’s no secret that one of the first things you need to do to get a start-up off the ground is secure financing from investors, a bank, alternative funder, or other business. And while a lot of advice for start ups focuses on how to get that crucial initial funding, there isn’t nearly as much information about a secondary but no less serious issue that many start ups face: bridge funding gaps.

Areas to take seriously when applying for a bridging loan

The Startup Magazine

Taking out bridging finance is a big decision and one that requires plenty of research and consideration to ensure it is the right choice for you. To help you decide, here are four of the key areas that should be taken seriously when applying for a bridging loan.


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On Funding?—?Shots on Goal

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve had two companies where we had to bridge finance them several times before they eventually IPO’d We had a portfolio company turn-down a $350 million acquisition because they wanted at least $400 million. On Funding?—?Shots

Ten million users is the new one million users

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.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part I


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.

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. In that case, it made good sense to have a debt instrument, where the note holder then converted into equity when the financing occurred. Since the financing would likely happen in short order, there was no need to have a valuation cap in the note.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Clearly a startup should consult its lawyer before filing or not filing.But the attorneys I relied on to write this piece told me that they’ve done lots of Section 4(2) deals in the past, and would recommend it to clients who had relatively simple financing agreements (not tranched-out, not too many investors, etc.) Often times when companies raise “bridgefinancing (this is money from internal investors.

Know the Mindset


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.

Founders Shares: How do you split them up?

Home About Fee Arrangements Location Referrals Testimonials Business Law HUB Certification Mergers & Acquisitions Startup Advice Intellectual Property Copyrights Trademarks Securities Law Debt and Bridge Financing Series A Startup Law Entity Formation Corporation LLC Series LLC RSS Founders Shares: How do you split them up?

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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Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten

Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? 2018 also had the fewest number of angel-led financing rounds since before 2010. John Borchers, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Decathlon Capital, claims to be the largest revenue-based financing investor in the US. Factoring, MCAs and receivables financing are all short-term oriented with pay-back periods measured in weeks, months or quarters, while RBI is generally measured in years.

Bad Notes on VC


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.

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!

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.

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. I recently received a document from Simon Walker at BVCA highlighting some of the regulatory efforts driven by European politicians and in particular Poul Nyrop Rasmussen, the leader of the Party of European Socialists.

The Option Pool Shuffle

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.&# Reasonable responses include “That should cover us for the next 12-18 months.&# “That should cover us until the next financing.&# “It’s standard,&# is not a reasonable answer. (We’ll That does work if the company gets sold before another round of financing.

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?” That’s why for these reasons, some of the banks are and traditional financing sources are not as focused on the small business market. They’ll look and see, is there any additional collateral that can be used to finance this particular loan?

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