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When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

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Sharing these pricing expectations early with potential lead investors fundamentally qualifies your conversations, but it also runs the risk of prematurely losing a potential financing partner, or else it can reduce options to maximize your fundraise outcome.

Keep Term Sheets Simple for Quicker Cash to Spend

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Remember a term sheet agreement is not a deal until the check clears. It’s true that angel investors typically do not present entrepreneurs with overly complicated deal structures, especially when compared to venture capitalists.

Later-stage rounds and “setting the bar too high”

Chris Dixon

I recently had a number of conversations with CEOs of later-stage startups (generating significant revenue) that went something like this. Note that I have no connection to Dropbox so am just assuming standard deal structure and basing numbers on public reports.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part II

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In this installment, I’ll dig into the “how” by dissecting an example term sheet based on a real deal. A term sheet keeps things relatively straightforward by summarizing the most significant deal terms in outline form, whereas the deal documents themselves (often referred to as definitive agreements ) — even for a relatively simple convertible debt financing — inevitably contain some densely written legalese. These deal terms are simple but significant.

Keep Term Sheets Simple for Quicker Cash to Spend

Startup Professionals Musings

Remember a term sheet agreement is not a deal until the check clears. It’s true that Angel investors typically do not present entrepreneurs with overly complicated deal structures, especially when compared to venture capitalists.

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charliecrystle.com

I can't stop commenting about it, which makes me a very poor participant in the conversation (or a great one). If I'm a hot deal in NY or SOMA, maybe I can raise and close an angel round in a few weeks. So, context matters to deal structure. So maybe the guidance for deal docs should be this: Convertible Debt: for founders who need a rolling close so the cash can come in as it's raised. I hate that title, but it's Saturday night and I'm feeling saucy.

How to value your company for sale (Part 2)

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Remember how the buyer has his own way of valuing the deal ? You’re skipping a step — trying to decide if the deal is even plausible — but how can you decide that if all you’re doing is thinking about the other side? Do you prefer Deal B?

'Show Me the Money' Tips for Business Sellers

Inc Startups

Often, an experienced broker will take the Confidential Offering Memorandum to the lender in advance of finding a buyer to obtain a preapproval, including an acceptable deal structure. Choosing the right broker will make a big difference in the ultimate success of your business sale.

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Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part IV

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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. Investors would be repaid their principal, plus accrued interest, divided by the conversion price (let’s say 30% discount, so 1 – 0.3 = 0.7).

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V

Gust

As we conclude our convertible note financing series, there are assorted terms commonly seen in term sheets and deal documents that are worth touching on briefly. This is the norm for West Coast deals, but it’s often the case in dealing with East Coast investors (more commonly for VC financing rounds rather than angel seed rounds) that the lead investor wants its lawyers to draft the documents.

A Primer on Angel Investment ‘Simple Term Sheets’

Startup Professionals Musings

Remember a term sheet agreement is not a deal until the check clears. It’s true that angel investors typically do not present entrepreneurs with overly complicated deal structures, especially when compared to venture capitalists.

Include Deal Terms or Not?

Mark Birch

I had a discussion the other night with an entrepreneur about whether to include specific deal terms in the pitch deck or investor meetings. There are seven main points to consider when talking about the structure of the deal: Raise – The amount of capital you are raising.

Angel Investing is Where VC was 25 Years Ago

Angel Blog

As I attended sessions, and had conversations, on everything from deal structures to term sheets and deal flow to exits, it occurred to me that I had been in similar conferences about 25 years ago. Back then I was listening to parallel conversations about the development of best practices - but then it was in the venture capital industry.

Should You Co-Found Your Company With a Software Development Shop (2 of 2)?

David Teten

I’ve been looking for suggestions for an initial deal structure that is appropriate for the theoretical case of a trusted dev shop putting in $100k in market-value of services over a 6 month period in time. That said, I’m not sure of the most appropriate structure.

Goldman Sachs / SEC: political witch-hunting is no way to change a market

Fred Destin

Reading the allegations against Goldman Sachs and Fabrice Tourre in the case of structured CDO scandal (aka Abacus), I am reminded of Spitzer and how a General Attorney used a witch-hunt as a political tool, only to be later exposed himself in the company of barely clad ladies.