10 Entrepreneur Myths That Need Not Dilute Your Focus

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs probably have long searched for that special idea that will catapult you and your startup to success. Yet, my experience as a business advisor and investor has convinced me that the magic is not the idea, but you and the execution.

How does equity dilution work for startups?

Gust

Equity dilution works when the same pie is divided among more people. Because the total percentage of equity will always equal exactly 100%, every time anyone gets another piece, by definition it “dilutes” all of the previous equity holders. Therefore, to avoid dilution to its existing equity holders, all a company has to do is not hire any more employees who get options, or take any more money from investors.

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Dilution and Investors and Tension

ithacaVC

Here is the big problem with investors – they dilute the founders’ ownership in the company. Let’s cover some basics: It is impossible to issue stock to investors without existing shareholders (founders, employees and prior investors) being diluted. It is impossible to do a stock for stock business combination without existing shareholders being diluted. But now the diluted shareholders own a smaller piece of a larger pie hopefully.

Accepting A Non-Dilutive Government Grant? 5 Surprising Mistakes To Avoid

YoungUpstarts

Non-dilutive grants are a great way to fund your research, provided you’re working on a project that directly benefits the government according to current needs. Many companies pursue non-dilutive government grants because they don’t require giving away ownership in the company. . According to Upcounsel , typical non-dilutive grants include research grants, translational grants, and SBIR/STTR program contracts. Are you pursuing a non-dilutive government grant or contract?

Non-Dilution Rights are Wrong

The Startup Lawyer

I hate non-dilution rights and if you are an entrepreneur you should, too. I’m not talking about price-based anti-dilution protection that is typical in an angel or VC round. What I’m referring to is a right given to a particular stockholder so that such stockholder’s equity in the company is not diluted by any future issuance of stock — regardless of the price. Startup Issues non-dilution startup

Early Employee Dilution

ithacaVC

But here is one that I want to focus on in this post: “Can I ask for undiluted stock (non dilution clause)?” I am not even sure what “undiluted stock” is, but safe to say the person (I will call him Exec X) meant stock that his equity would not be dilutable in terms of ownership. It is legally possible to grant non-dilution via a contractual right. Those additional grants would prevent Exec X from being diluted.

How To Prevent Your Founder’s Shares From Vaporizing

Startup Professionals Musings

This is called stock dilution control. This allows the entrepreneur more influence in controlling dilution of his or her shares, investment terms and acquisition decisions. 83(b) election founders shares incorporate stock dilution

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Non-dilutive Financing Through Revenue Sharing

ReadWriteStart

I have discussed at length why revenue sharing channel deals may serve as perfectly fine alternatives to raising equity (or even complements) because of their non-dilutive nature. During this week's One Million by One Million roundtable, we started with a discussion of our hot-off-the-press news: 1M/1M Announces Partnership With Persistent Systems; CrowdEngineering First Beneficiary.

Mathematical vs. Economic Dilution of Startup Equity: Thinner Slices of an Extra-Large Pizza

Gust

Let’s get right down to business: Dilution of founders’ and other early shareholders’ equity in startups is frequently a subject of intense interest and debate. Rose have written plenty on the subject; in fact, while I was editing this piece, David published a new post here at Gust: How does equity dilution work for startups? That’s the concept of what some call mathematical dilution.

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Dilution. million pre-money valuation, which is a $10 million post-money) you get diluted by 25% (2.5m / 10m). But understanding how you’re likely to get diluted over time is a more difficult concept. So here is our crack at explaining the world of dilution to you. If you want a deeper dive I shot some video on calculating ownership and dilution over tim e. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch.

The fine line between dilution and delusion

BeyondVC

I can also say that there is a similarly fine line between dilution and delusion but this one is easier to draw. So if faced with this situation, my only word of advice for entrepreneurs is that it is important to know that there is a fine line between dilution and delusion. The post The fine line between dilution and delusion appeared first on BeyondVC.

Walker Twitter Highlights: March 25th – April 7th

Scott Edward Walker

“Be careful not to have too many co-founders; it’s the most expensive dilution you’ll ever face.” Twitter Highlights co-founders dilution quora seed seed finance startup startup ideas startups I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly ) for the past two weeks.

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Size of Pie, a.k.a. What Type of Entrepreneur Are You?

OnlyOnce

Although David is talking about taking in outside capital and founder dilution in pursuit of larger business growth and objectives, he is also getting to the same point about entrepreneur type. Business Entrepreneurship Venture Capitalists dilution entrepreneur equity Founders scalingSize of Pie, a.k.a. What Type of Entrepreneur Are You? Mmmm…pie.

8 Great Reasons to Bootstrap Your Startup

Early Growth Financial Services

Bootstrapping helps you to focus on your product in so much as … Continue reading → Financial Planning bootstrapping dilution enterpreneurship entrepreneurs equity fundraise profit margins self-fund small business financial planning startup startup financials vc venture capitalOriginally published in SoCalTech. To self-fund or to raise funds? That’s the big question that many founders ask themselves as they try to get their product and service to market.

7 Best Strategies for Maintaining Equity

Early Growth Financial Services

Whether you’re funded, seeking funding, or still bootstrapping, here are some of the best strategies for avoiding dilution and maintaining maximum equity: 1. Doing so will prevent unnecessary dilution and it allows you to get the highest possible value for each round. Of utmost concern to many entrepreneurs is how to retain maximum equity in their startups. Rightly so. It’s a constant balancing act: growing your company without losing control of it.

Should I Use My Investor’s Lawyer?

Scott Edward Walker

For example, he will explain to you how the liquidation preference works and run spreadsheets, if necessary, to show you how much money you will receive based on different sale scenarios; he will explain to you how the option pool works, including the founders’ significant dilution; and he will discuss what protective provisions are and other tricky legal terms, such as drag-along rights and anti-dilution provisions.

What Are the Rights of Minority Stockholders?

Scott Edward Walker

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Founder Ownership Math, Rainy Days, and Bigger Pies

This is going to be BIG.

Still, a lot of founders are worried about early dilution and how it affects their eventual outcome when the company is sold. That’s because dilution isn’t subtraction. If I get diluted another 23%, I own 77% x (1-23%), which is 59.29%. A lot is made out of the price of a round.

5 Keys To Negotiating Your Fair Share Of Any Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Of course, all co-founders need to remember that allocated percentages will be diluted as angel and VC investors are brought in. Keep your wits about you to make sure that dilution is done equitably and evenly.

Which Fundraising Round Should You Skip?

View from Seed

The reality is that if a founder raised every one of these rounds, and lead investors always got their “target” ownership, the level of dilution would be ridiculous. No good investor would want the founder/CEO of a company to have insufficient ownership by the series A, and every founder I know is sensitive to taking too much dilution. So, if a founder is going to avoid this level of dilution, the question is “which round to skip?”.

This Is How Successful Brands Reach More Ideal Customers

YFS Magazine

Before you think about diluting your brand offering or price in order to serve everyone and anyone, here are five strategies you can use to attract the right customers. Grow Marketing & Sales brand positioning brand story brand strategy branding content marketing customer acquisition marketing target audience

6 Management Strategies To Maintain Brand Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet every change can cause brand dilution or competition you don’t need. Every one of you business owners I know has worked hard to build your brand, and recognizes the critical value of instant brand recognition and leadership.

Financing with grants, not equity or debt

Berkonomics

The company was funded entirely by grants from the National Institute of Health, amounting to millions of non-dilutive dollars in all. No dilution to shareholders or the founders. First, an example of grant-based financing .

Virgin Galactic Shares Fall: How You Can Increase Your Business’s Market Valuation

The Startup Magazine

But existing shareholders are not happy with the company’s proposed plan to issue $500 million in new shares as it would only dilute its current float. You should focus on making your startup irresistible to investors without opting for a dilutive capital raise.

Why Successful Startups Often Have A Pair Of Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, they may fear team leadership as a burden, or a potential dilution of their ownership. Good entrepreneurs are often diluted in their potential by trying to attack too many new market opportunities or customer requests concurrently.

Why LP’s Passed on Seed Funds 10 Years Ago (And What’s Happened Since)

View from Seed

And yes, a seed fund may have a tougher time holding on to their ownership down the road, and thus get diluted down. We’ve had multiple companies in our early funds that hit bumps and had to raise flat rounds, which hurts from a dilution standpoint but doesn’t wipe out our position.

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Tech Reporters, You’re Being Played By Using “Oversubscribed” To Describe Successful Funding Rounds

Hunter Walker

Sometimes you won’t be able to take all the additional dollars without incremental dilution but you’ll still have a much better chance of getting to $15m without scaring away potential investors. Why I Cringe Every Time I Read This Word. I recognize this is an overreaction.

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

Both Sides of the Table

When you do, my 20% becomes 15% and thus my true price for your round is actually higher than it appears when I invested because I already know I’m going to face more dilution for options. Option pool (likely dilution in the future, which is a function of a higher price just not yet defined). Then you’ll willing to take more dilution for them. As I mentioned if you raise $2m on $8m pre-money you take 20% dilution.

The Road Less Traveled: Non-Standard Early Stage Funding Paths

View from Seed

The challenge with pre-seed rounds is that pricing will sometimes be pretty dilutive. The downside is that YC is itself quite dilutive, the program itself may not be a great fit, and there are many many companies out of your batch that won’t be one of the anointed winners. So your net dilution may end up worse and you may miss out on working with a really hands-on pre-seed partner early in your company’s life.

6 New Venture Realities To Target Your Funding Effort

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus every serious investor reserves a certain amount of his investment capital for follow-on rounds, which allows them to stay to course to success, even with dilution.

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10 Tactics To Shorten Your Race To Cash-Flow Positive

Startup Professionals Musings

Similarly, a custom contract for a big customer can get you over a growth gap, without diluting your brand in the market. As I’m sure you are aware, surviving that first couple of years as a new business is a huge challenge, waiting for cash flow to turn positive.

6 Keys To Funding Based On Your Marketplace Advantage

Startup Professionals Musings

The focus is diluted, it’s hard to keep up with individual product changes, and you will always be on the defensive.

8 Ways Your Old School Can Energize Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup needs to start their funding search looking for grants, with no equity dilution, as well as contests and foundations.

Seed Round Pricing (Actual data warning!)

This is going to be BIG.

For those of you that have trouble doing division, not surprisingly, that puts the average dilution right around 20%, which isn''t surprising. Dilution. then you need to take a look at the dilution numbers. Dilution is the price and you''re all pretty much getting the same deal. If you''re oversubscribed, but don''t want to take additional dilution, you can usually move the price up. But what really counts is the dilution. Dilution.

8 Strategies For Sustaining Momentum In Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, too many choices actually dilutes customer interest in your existing market, and makes your job of production, marketing, and support much more complex.

What Americans Get Wrong About Freedom

Diego Basch

Freedom is one of the most abused and diluted words in the English language. It is not possible to discuss it without first clarifying what exactly we mean by it. Let me offer my definition of freedom as the intersection of three sets: What an individual may want to do. What an individual could conceivably … Continue reading "What Americans Get Wrong About Freedom".

The Changing Venture Landscape

Both Sides of the Table

A-Rounds used to be $3–7 million with the best companies able to skip this smaller amount and raise $10 million on a $40 million pre-money valuation (20% dilution). The world around us is being disrupted by the acceleration of technology into more industries and more consumer applications.

YC’s Guide to Series A

VC Cafe

YC shares some interesting data points based on their follow on experience with core KPIs, valuation range and expected dilution. There are many good startup resources out there, and it can be confusing for founders to know which one to pay attention to. Well, here’s a good one for you!

Cap Table Explained — What is it and How to Maintain it for Investors

Up and Running

Incoming investors make decisions based on the possible dilution of their investments on ownership and often find themselves surprised by overlooked convertible notes. Add details of possible dilution when bringing on investors. It takes a lot to start a business.

Performance-based Options Grants

VC Adventure

From my perspective, diluting their effect by giving them too far down the employee line is counterproductive. I had a bunch of interesting comments on my recent post about company options programs – many very constructive.

The Top 10 Reasons Why Startups Fail

Business Plan Blog

Fear of Dilution. Understand the difference between dilution and economic dilution, which occurs when the value of the business doesn’t change but the number of shares increases. Steve Rowles has been serving the San Diego startup ecosystem for over 20 years. Beginning in 1987, he worked in the garages of the first companies to come out of UC San Diego.

Fewer words, greater effect.

Berkonomics

But he dilutes his effectiveness with wordy PowerPoint presentations. I have a good business friend, an experienced manager and teacher with a Harvard MBA, whose deep thinking creativity and intelligence are admired by many. It has become a long running joke between us, as I often remind him that most of us have a very limited attention span and ability to recall important points from a presentation. Note the title and tone of these insights. Short, to the point.

ReBlog (kind of like retweet) – Insider Rounds

ithacaVC

Jason Mendelson just blogged about a new academic paper that seeks to destroy the myth that venture capitalists use inside rounds to dilute founders by issuing themselves cheap stock. The full paper is here. Dealing with VCs