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Startup Blog: Take a Stand!

Taffy Williams

It may be around deal structure, testing or design of product, new hires, downsizing or firing, how much to spend on a program or some other issue. The security of having an income to pay the bills is a pretty big issue when it comes to the decision process.

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.”).

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part II

Gust

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.

Who You Gonna Call? Partnering with Goliath: A Tale of Two Announcements

John O'Farrell

Our 2003 deal with HP didn’t generate a single dollar in revenue, whereas our 2006 agreement with Cisco drove tens of millions of dollars in sales and helped to make Opsware the uncatchable leader in data center software. Behind the headlines – a deal with teeth. SUNNYVALE, Calif.,

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.

'Show Me the Money' Tips for Business Sellers

Inc Startups

Brokers should verify that buyers have the ability and cash necessary to purchase your business and be able to help them secure the necessary capital. This saves a significant amount of time, given that a buyer can immediately start working with a lender who is already familiar with your deal.

NDA 7

Nymi

Launching Tech Ventures

In it’s first iteration, Nymi is planning to have identity recognition, proximity detection and gesture control built into the wristband for seamless, privacy protected and secure interactions. Nymi also offers a 3 factor security system - Nymi, heartbeat and AAD, thus making it a safer way to transmit information compared to what is currently available in the market. Propose potential partnerships and deal structures.

Piercing the Corporate Veil of Sweat Equity

grasshopperherder.com

If I was a full time consultant in IT security (where I have 5 years experience) and then signed a non-compete, I’d be putting myself out of work for a year without receiving a penny. Three Card Monty Corporate Structures. GrasshopperHerder.com. • ABOUT. • CONTACT.

Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V

Gust

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.

Goldman Sachs / SEC: political witch-hunting is no way to change a market

Fred Destin

Reading the allegations against Goldman Sachs and Fabrice Tourre in the case of structured CDO scandal (aka Abacus), I am reminded of Spitzer and how a General Attorney used a witch-hunt as a political tool, only to be later exposed himself in the company of barely clad ladies.

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. If we find the right partner, we can be flexible in deal structures to best align everyone’s interests. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner. Exit : Many options for structuring an exit depending on the objectives of the entrepreneur.

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. If we find the right partner, we can be flexible in deal structures to best align everyone’s interests. There is no standard template for a deal with a domain name owner. Exit : Many options for structuring an exit depending on the objectives of the entrepreneur.

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.