When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

By definition, all entrepreneurs should think that their endeavor is truly exceptional and above average. But, also by definition, that just can’t be the case. And as my partner Rob Go likes to say, “Time kills all deals.”).

Both sides must be fair in a term sheet negotiation.

Berkonomics

Just a few of these terms include vesting, corporate structure, governance principles, financing strategy, valuation and exit strategy. As an example, twenty five years ago, most VCs used common share deal structures. By Basil Peters.

Who Invests In Investors: Homebrew LP Shares VC Performance Goals, Importance of Diversity & What They Look For In New Funds

Hunter Walker

Oh and Anne is DEFINITELY still interested in venture as part of Hamilton’s investment strategy. Similarly, a GP might be in the middle of great flow, but we need to have conviction that they can identify the right deals, structure creatively, and negotiate effectively.

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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.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V

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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.

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

Both Sides of the Table

That is why I tell people not to shop deals too widely. So acknowledge it to yourself and be prepared to deal with it. When I was fund raising for my second company we had agreed a company-wide deal with Salesforce.com to use our product. We discuss deal structures.

Why Selling Your Company is Like Dancing With the Stars

Inc Startups

While it may look simple, one misstep could easily cost a business owner millions of dollars or scuttle the deal altogether. Like dancing, it may look simple, but you need assistance from a pro to maximize the value of your company, close the deal and end up a winner.

Knowing When It’s Time To Sell Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

Others are building their companies with the definitive intention of selling them. This deal-of-the-day service was founded in November 2008 and quickly became a sensation. The deal closed only four months later in August of 2012.

allensblog: "Fully-Diluted"

Allen's Blog

In a deal recently, the term sheet offered by the prospective investor contained a reference to the term: "fully-diluted" The company accepted the term sheet and the lawyers drafted the documents. On review by the Company, however, it became clear that the parties had different interpretations of "fully-diluted" Due to some idiosyncracies of the company's capital structure, the disagreement had a significant impact on the deal structure.

The 10 Best Real Estate Schools Compared: Meet the Winner!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Finance and deal structuring, market analysis, site planning, and project management. The program framework focuses on the impacts of taxation, risk, financing structure, governmental constraints, and market context.

Do You Deserve Investment Capital?

Inc Startups

In my last column , we covered the questions you should ask to help determine whether a venture capital or private equity firm is a structural fit for you. My definition for “need” is, “Without external capital my company will shut its doors within a quarter.”

Piercing the Corporate Veil of Sweat Equity

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Three Card Monty Corporate Structures. This is my least favorite thing in the world, being offered sweat equity in a corporate structure that is unnecessarily convoluted. If you’re in a complex structure with several multinational entities, that risk is compounded.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I travelled all over the world wherever business deals were happening, gained tremendous experience and exposure to the Corporate landscape, and learned invaluable life lessons in my career. I worked out a similar deal the next go around, and the snowball started rolling from there. Investment in small businesses require knowledge of transactions and the related aspects such as business valuation, due diligence, deal structuring / financing, contracts, etc.

Cracking The Code: The Bessemer 10 laws of SaaS - Fall 2008.

Cracking the Code

A simple example would be if Customer A signs a one-year deal at $10,000 per month, and Customer B signs a three-year deal at $5,000 per month. Consistently delivering a deal per month in this progression gives you a total of 78 months of cumulative recognized revenue.