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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.

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.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part IV

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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. What these approaches have in common is that they cap the investors’ upside such that even in the most spectacular of liquidity events, unless the notes convert to equity first at a lower valuation, angels don’t get anywhere near the payoff awarded to equity holders.