How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Operating experience (Helped run parts of CitySearch & UrbanSpoon, tons of product management experience, Board of Hatch Labs which helped spawn Tinder). In Kara’s case I got to see her work on deal structuring first hand having worked closely with her on her board at P.S. XO.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Additionally, setting a structure and price in advance at above-market value can expedite the negotiation process, especially when it’s with multiple parties. And as my partner Rob Go likes to say, “Time kills all deals.”).

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

David Teten

I’ve talked with a number of software development shops who are eager to get into the business of cofounding companies, i.e., getting product revenue and equity instead of just consulting revenue. That said, I’m not sure of the most appropriate structure.

Financing Acquisitions: Keys to Structuring the Deal And Obtaining The Funding

YoungUpstarts

Think of financing an acquisition as an exercise with two parts that work in concert: 1) structuring a desired deal with a suitable target and 2) obtaining the funding. Structuring the Desired Deal. Of course, no deal goes down without funding. by Kenneth H.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

Both Sides of the Table

Many buying companies price these deals on the basis of $1 million per engineer on the team for an early-stage deal. And wants to structure a huge payout for the employees that will remain. And will investors allow a deal to happen in the first place.

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

Hunter Walker

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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Knowing When It’s Time To Sell Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

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. Negotiating a different deal structure could have prevented the price from dropping. Unique social networking product.

The Pre-Seed FAQ

K9 Ventures

They talk about how deal sizes and stages were changing even back then. If it doesn’t have the product fully baked yet? A Seed round today — like the Series A round of yesteryear — requires some kind of traction or product. They shouldn’t even be looking for a fully built product. Pre-Seed financing is typically used to accomplish two things: build a team, and build an initial product and prototype. Q: How are most Pre-Seed deals structured?

Signaling Pricing Expectations Early in Seed Investment Discussions

Genuine VC

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.

10 things I wish I knew when I sold my businesses

Jeff Hilimire

With my first sale, my partners and I focused all of our attention on the details of the sale (what the valuation would be, how would it be structured, etc) and very little about what would happen with us individually. It’s easy to get caught up in the dollar signs and deal structure and overlook this important step in the process. Fear of the unknown can be crippling for productivity and stability within the organization.

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. In the end, Plated was able to use the domain to prove out its minimal viable product for a nominal amount of cash, raise capital, and purchase the domain in full. If we find the right partner, we can be flexible in deal structures to best align everyone’s interests.

Build Your Startup on a Vacant Domain Name

David Teten

That’s why our portfolio company Plated.com decided to structure a lease option – they offered the prior owner a small monthly lease fee for 1 year, with an option to buy at the end of the year. In the end, Plated was able to use the domain to prove out its minimal viable product for a nominal amount of cash, raise capital, and purchase the domain in full. If we find the right partner, we can be flexible in deal structures to best align everyone’s interests.

Piercing the Corporate Veil of Sweat Equity

grasshopperherder.com

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.

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

Cracking the Code

Like SaaS products themselves, we now intend for these laws to be periodically refined through major releases to reflect the changing landscape of the SaaS world. Save Asia for post-IPO Single instance, multi-tenant, single datacenter - Have only one version of the code in production.

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.