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?

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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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

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.

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.

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.

Should I give my seed investors anti-dilution protection?

Gust

What this investor is seeking is called “permanent, full-ratchet, anti-dilution protection”, and that is neither (a) in line with the market, nor (b) practical. Even if you were willing to give it to him, it is highly, highly unlikely to stand up beyond the next financing round, because there’s no way your next investor is going to take a dilution hit for this first one.

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.

What Are the Rights of Minority Stockholders?

Scott Edward Walker

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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.

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.

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?”.

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. I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. You need to find the skills or experience you don’t have in business, technology, or money.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

How Covid-19 Has Impacted VC Portfolios

View from Seed

Other companies are great businesses, but are effectively encountering a dilution event. The business will ultimately emerge on the other end in good shape, but everyone will be more diluted as a result. One topic of conversation among VC’s over the last few months is how their portfolios are faring during the Covid pandemic. It occurred to me that the message I’m hearing has been pretty consistent but perhaps non-obvious to those outside of the industry.

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.

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".

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! Y Combinator ‘s Aaron Harris and Janelle Tam created a great resource for startups – a 70 page guide to raising Series A. Main takeaways: 1.

5 Criteria For Splitting Equity In Your New Venture

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.

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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.

8 Questions to Help Decide if You Should be Raising Money Now

Both Sides of the Table

If you are able to raise money from credible sources at a reasonable dilution percentage then I personally favor getting the round done now and building your business. How much dilution am I going to have to take now? So if you can take 27% dilution for $1.5 25% dilution).

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

Hire when it feels like you're bursting at the seems or missing a critical skill on existing team or have figured out how to scale growth  —  @msuster 6/ Raising capital at very high prices helps avoid short-term dilution.

Some Thoughts on Ownership

View from Seed

Remember that the new investor will want to hit their ownership target as well, which may put the founder in an awkward place of having to either take much more dilution than they want or fully honor all the pro-rata rights of their early investors. It could also mean investing in companies that avoid significant downstream dilution due to capital efficiency or very rapid value creation.

6 Insights To Current Funding Trends For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

This can cause early investor dilution, lower ultimate returns or leave the startup stranded. Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according the Crunchbase.

5 Lifecycle Stages Of A New Venture Test Your Culture

Startup Professionals Musings

A common practice is to hire local employees who know the geographic culture, even though this may well dilute the company culture. This usually marks the end of organic growth, as partnerships and alliances aid growth, but again dilute the focus on culture. Successful startups seem to follow similar paths to greatness, and unfortunately all too often that path leads them back down the hill much faster than they went up.

Using A Podcast To Build Your Business

YoungUpstarts

That value is diluted if there are strings attached. by Felicia Broccolo, Chief Marketing Officer for The Life Coach School. Nearly half of all American homes listen to podcasts.

An economics lesson for growing companies

Berkonomics

If the equity value of a company is growing at the same rate as the company, say 40% per year, almost any form of debt financing may be preferable as a way of preventing further dilution from issuing additional equity. When calculating the true cost of a working capital loan, after adding all these elements and estimating the value of the warrants in dilution to the shareholders, you may be shocked at the number when expressed as an annual percentage rate.

7 Entrepreneur Questions To Select The Ideal Investor

Startup Professionals Musings

Angels will likely agree to simpler term sheets, better valuations, and less restrictive terms on potential dilution, voting rights, exit options, and executive roles. Too many entrepreneurs tell me they are looking for an investor, and can’t differentiate between venture capital (VC) investors versus accredited angel investors. They argue that the color of the money is the same from either source.

Pre-Seed Rounds Aren’t Going Away, But Pre-Seed Funds Are

View from Seed

However, externally exclusively defining a venture firm strategy with the phrase can be challenging, as “pre-seed” becomes diluted by too many market participants wanting to raise their hand too, when the shades of seed definition become nuanced and tough to generalize. Over the past few years, “pre-seed” as a distinct category has emerged within the early stage fundraising landscape.

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.

8 Key Business Elements Set Startup Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Most professional investors will expect preferred stock, a board seat, rights to later rounds and perhaps anti-dilution protection. One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round.

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.

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

Acknowledging The Value of Coaching and Therapy for Founders

Feld Thoughts

First, Felicis Ventures is committing 1% on top of every check the firm writes in non-dilutive capital earmarked for “founder development” in coaching and mental health. I’ve long written about the stigma around entrepreneurship and depression / other “mental health-related issues.” ” I was delighted to see two articles in the last day about others addressing this.

Why It Pays To Focus Your Business On A Narrow Niche

Startup Professionals Musings

It takes focus to resist adding a long list of features that seem to make the opportunity larger, but dilute to focus of both you and potential customers. Image via Picpedia Everyone in the business world has heard of the old bestseller by Geoffrey A. Moore titled “ Crossing the Chasm ,” but most entrepreneurs have no idea how it relates to them.