How Smart Startups Survive Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

This is the mysterious and dreaded due diligence process, which can kill the whole deal. Some entrepreneurs do very little to prepare for due diligence, assuming all the talking has already been done, and the business plan and results to-date tell the right story.

7 Ways Due Diligence Helps Before Final Commitment

Startup Professionals Musings

What they don’t realize is that about half the investment deals fail to close at this stage, including mergers and acquisitions , during the due-diligence process. The best entrepreneur strategy for due diligence is to be as open and transparent as possible.

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8 Key Questions To Expect In Investor Due Diligence


In the parlance of an investor, asking these questions and getting answers is the heart of that mysterious “due diligence” process. If you are a potential employee, you need to do the same due diligence before you sign on. Image via

7 Due Diligence Steps Will Validate Any New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Some analysis and due diligence along the following lines should be performed on every idea, as a reality check, before committing your efforts and other people’s money to building a business: Look for places where competitors are few. due diligence idea check new venture reality chec

You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As part of our investment process, we do a bunch of fact gathering/checking work that is called Due Diligence in the vernacular of the VC business. And finally, I learned that you can do too much due diligence. You cannot rely alone on due diligence, particularly early on in the development of a company and a market. It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Today I will tell a story that I love telling.

Startup Investors: Due Diligence Goes Both Ways

VC Cafe

Ciaran O’leary of Earlybird, a VC fund in Berlin, gives founders a checklist for running due diligence on their potential investors. 101 Due Diligence Earlybird due diligence VC 101

How Much Information Should you Give VCs for Due Diligence?

Both Sides of the Table

There is no reason to part with your cap table or legal docs until you’re convinced that they’re actually committed to doing work with you in due diligence. ” Heading into a Term Sheet – Final Due Diligence.

Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art

Startup Professionals Musings

This is the dreaded “due diligence” process. In my view, understanding due diligence can only improve information flow, and leads to a better long-term partnership with your investor. Secondly, conduct your own due diligence of the investor.

Startup Due Diligence Success Requires Advance Work

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is great enough to get a term sheet from angel investors or a venture capitalist, the next step for the investor is to complete the dreaded due diligence process. entrepreneur startup investor due diligence business

Premature Extensive Due Diligence

The Startup Lawyer

Occasionally, angel investors will send extensive due diligence requests to a startup way too early. By way too early, I mean an angel investor sends your startup an 8+ page due diligence request — without having made any sort of “commitment” to invest. This is problematic for a number of reasons. First, this could be […]. Startup Issues

Corporate Due Diligence Fast and Easy - DShen's Blogs


Corporate Due Diligence Fast and Easy. In two past posts, I talked about doing due diligence on startups. The first one was The Lack of Due Diligence is Appalling and Foolish where I lamented that most investors I met out there did virtually no due diligence whatsoever.

Getting Funded: Step 4, Due Diligence

Passionate Intensity

Tweet You made it through the partner meeting , your email dings, your phone rings — good news: the VCs liked your company enough to proceed to the next step: due diligence. Due diligence is a two-way street. ” Due diligence is all about verification.

Giving Due Diligence Calls Their Due

Genuine VC

All of that being said, it surprises me how infrequently startups, and especially startup founders, make diligence calls to pressure-test their decisions. The old adage that it’s only necessary to expend 20% of the effort to benefit from 80% of the results is absolutely true with diligence calls. At the end of the day, diligence calls come in two varieties: either check-the-box affirmative of what you already know, or tougher ones which come down to interpretation.

Prepare Your Startup Team for Investor Due Diligence

Startup Professionals Musings

If your startup is great enough to get a term sheet from angel investors or a venture capitalist, the next step for the investor is to complete the dreaded due diligence process. Some startups do nothing to prepare for the due diligence process, assuming the people and business plan documents will speak for themselves. Depending on the availability of staff and needed information, the due diligence process generally takes 2–6 weeks to perform.

Due Diligence Checklist

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

Part of that included participating in the due diligence work on behalf of Noro-Moseley Partners. During the course of this process I provided a list of potential due diligence items to the firm. You can find a copy of the due diligence request on Scribd. Working both sides of the Half Off Depot deal was a lot of fun. The information request itself ran just over four pages. The actual information itself could fill up a few binders.

10 Due Diligence Survival Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Advanced tips for successfully navigating the investor due diligence process

Getting Due Diligence Ready


So, if you have not done so already, I recommend picking up a Neat scanner and getting yourself due diligence ready. Getting Due Diligence Ready. There are two types of due diligence: business and legal. Business Diligence. Legal Diligence.

Waccal Launches Social Community Platform for Startups and Investors

The Startup Magazine

Waccal has officially launched its social community platform which startups and investors can use to compare ideas, seek funding and manage portfolios and due diligence processes.

5 Ways To Check Your Investor Intent Before Signing

Startup Professionals Musings

Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. angel entrepreneur funding investor reverse due diligence

Selling or Funding A Startup? Tips On Surviving Technical Due Diligence


Be Better Prepared for Technical Due Diligence. I have been on the receiving end of several technical due diligence assessments instigated by VCs (pre-investment) or acquirers (pre-purchase). Have you been on either side of the technical due diligence process before?

Size Up Your Investors Before Accepting Their Money

Startup Professionals Musings

Struggling entrepreneurs are often so happy to get a funding offer that they neglect the recommended reverse due diligence on the investors. business entrepreneur investor reverse due diligence startup

Term Sheets, No-Shop's & Due Diligence

Allen's Blog

By engaging in due diligence, a VC uses up time, and money, both on its own personnel and (if it concludes not to close the financing) on its lawyers, and the VC doesn''t want to expend those resources working towards a closing if the Company is going spend its time "shopping the deal" to other investors. All well-drafted term sheets explicitly state that the VC is going to continue to do due diligence pending the closing of the financing.

Proper Due Diligence: The “Other” List


The task of vetting a business prior to a potential purchase is referred to as due diligence. Most speculators will find the due diligence process to be tedious at best. The mere mention of the phrase “due diligence” likely intimidates some, but it shouldn’t.

8 Questions Before You Join Or Invest In A Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

These questions are the key ones in every due diligence effort, always done by accredited investors, but almost never done by key employees and new partners. due diligence employees investors startup

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

If you get to the point where you’re about to marry a VC and take their money, there will be a due diligence process. Prospective investors may dig into a lot more than what I’ve described above, but this is a good start on the basics of due diligence.

The Due Diligence Question You're Not Expecting

Inc Startups

You expect due diligence to be heavy on legal and accounting. When performing your due diligence, make sure you review the licensing for each type of software you use. Finally, during due diligence, ask if the company has Microsoft Software Assurance.

The Cast of 'Shark Tank' on the Importance of Due Diligence

Inc Startups

Did you know? The Sharks do not know in advance about any of the entrepreneurs or the businesses that are about to pitch them

Due Diligence Reveals All - To The VC

Seeing Both Sides

Some readers have pointed out to me that I left out a very key element of the due diligence process: what the process itself reveals about the nature of the entrepreneur to the VC. Many entrepreneurs I know underestimate the importance of their small and large actions during due diligence and the signals their behavior send to the VCs. VCs don’t typically enter a true due diligence process until after the 2nd or 3rd meeting.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Working within a network of angel investors also expands the pool of expert resources and helps divide the work of screening companies and investment due diligence. Invested Interests angel investment deal terms due diligence fundraising startups valuation valuations venture capitalIndividual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies.

Part I: Doing Due Diligence to Find the Right Investor

Inc Startups

Make sure you do your homework

Convertible Debt, Priced Equity Rounds and Deal Timing


Invested Interests angel investment convertible debt convertible note deal terms due diligence financials fundraising priced equity priced rounds tactics valuation valuations VCs venture capitalAn impromptu Twitter debate arose among Fred Wilson, Dave McClure, Mark Suster, Chris Dixon and others about convertible debt, priced equity rounds, and the nuances of early stage financing. It was such a good discussion that Fred asked that someone Storify it.

FINRA Focuses On Due Diligence Of Private Placements

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Evidently, some broker-dealers and compliance officers did not get the message that FINRA is serious about firms' obligations to conduct a reasonable investigation of issuers and the securities they recommend in private placements. FINRA has been rather busy the first half of 2011 bringing enforcement actions against broker-dealers and compliance officers that failed to conduct reasonable investigations into private placements

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selecting a Venture Partner (And Avoiding Killing Your Business)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Prior to making an investment in a company, every venture capitalist (VC) completes a due diligence list––a catalog of the key business assumptions they need to validate prior to closing an investment. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs forget that diligence is a two-way street.

3 Ways To Avoid Feeling "Naked and Afraid" During M&A Due Diligence

Inc Startups

Like the men and women on Naked & Afraid , business owners, who are not prepared or not well represented during the due diligence phase of selling their business may feel very exposed, and potentially diminish their chances of securing a premium price for their company

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method


Invested Interests angel investment deal terms due diligence startups valuation valuations venture capitalWe recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since.

8 Key Questions to Break Thru Entrepreneur Hype

Startup Professionals Musings

In the parlance of an investor, asking these questions and getting answers is the heart of that mysterious “due diligence” process. If you are a potential employee, you need to do the same due diligence before you sign on.

The data we use to evaluate marketplace traction

Version One Ventures

Every startup is different and we conduct our due diligence on a case-by-case basis. News data due diligence Headout KPIs marketplaces metrics traction VarageSaleAt Version One, we love marketplaces and platforms. Over 50% of our portfolio companies fall into this category including our recent investments in Headout (a mobile-first marketplace for last-minute travel experiences) and VarageSale (a mobile-first community-driven Craigslist).

Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart


Due diligence should always be a two-way street. A while back, I published an article on “ Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art ,” describing what investors do to validate your startup before they invest. Here is the inverse, sometimes called reverse due diligence, describing what you should do to validate your investor before signing up for an equity partnership.

Ready to Join a New Management Team? Here’s How to Do Your Due Diligence First

David Teten

So I put together some notes on how to due diligence a management team, from the point of view of a prospective colleague. Here’s How to Do Your Due Diligence First appeared first on David Teten. Career Contributed Articles Due Diligence Jobs Management RecruitingI get emails every week from mid-level and senior executives who want to join a growth company.

Due Diligence: Your Last Chance to Negotiate

Inc Startups

Due diligence may feel routine, but it's your last chance to negotiate the sale of your company. For many entrepreneurs, the most dreaded part of selling their business is due diligence. Yes, due diligence can be frustrating and exhausting.