When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

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Or, in the case of a convertible note, they’ll explicitly state a valuation cap. On the positive side for a founder, directly stating a high valuation expectation up front can anchor the negotiations to a higher level, assuming that an investor takes the leap of faith to invest.

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. Entrepreneurs sometimes assume an initial agreement with an angel is a commitment, so they start spending before any money is received.

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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. Entrepreneurs sometimes assume an initial agreement with an Angel is a commitment, so they start spending before any money is received.

Signaling Pricing Expectations Early in Seed Investment Discussions

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As more transparency to seed-round funding transaction details have emerged, especially with the advent of Angelist and accelerator programs (which both educate and even sometimes set terms & structure for graduating companies), I’ve noticed an increasing number of entrepreneurs signal pricing expectations much earlier in the seed fundraising process. Setting a structure and price in advance can also expedite the negotiation process, especially when it’s with multiple parties.

Startup Blog: 7 Questions You May Get from Potential Investors

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Keep in mind the first prospect means you may be seeking a lifestyle while the second relates to your always seeking a way to make money for the investor base. What is the minimum you can get by with to the next step-up in valuation? What is your company’s pre-money valuation?