When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

As the seed-stage startup fundraise process has received more transparency in recent years, ranging from published advice on how to raise seed capital to increased availability through AngelList, Funders Club, and various accelerator programs, I’ve noticed another trend emerging.

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. Just 18 months after this photo sharing program and social network was launched, Facebook offered to purchase Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock.

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.

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. I mentioned earlier World Accelerator.com , a unique accelerator program which helps entrepreneurs build value on top of premium domain names. VentureCamp.com is another roughly similar program. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner.

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. I mentioned earlier World Accelerator.com , a unique accelerator program which helps entrepreneurs build value on top of premium domain names. VentureCamp.com is another roughly similar program. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a top ten business program year-in year-out and love to pretend to brag about it. 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.