5 Equity Crowdfunding Reflections Before You Sign Up

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of the experience so far has been cash versus the equity feature defined by the JOBS Act – Equity Crowdfunding (Title III) , introduced back in 2016 with 685 pages of rules. In equity crowdfunding, no investor is representing their own interest.

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Techstars Foundation Accelerate Equity

Feld Thoughts

The Techstars Foundation recently announced a new program called Accelerate Equity. Through Accelerate Equity, the Techstars Foundation identifies early-stage nonprofits and ideas to empower and support underestimated entrepreneurs. Diversity diversity equity Philanthropy techstars

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Equity Investment Platform Preparation Best Practices

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the thousands of entrepreneurs who need equity funding to get your startup going (no loans to repay), you are probably overwhelmed at the prospect of finding, contacting and pitching to the huge number of qualified angels and investment groups around the country. Startups that have a name but are not incorporated have no credible basis for an equity investment. crowdfunding entrepreneur equity investment platform startup

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Some Good Startups Don’t Qualify For Equity Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in nonprofit good causes. What options do they have available to them, since they can’t sell a share of the company (no equity investment)? There is no discussion of equity, or return on investment. Some nonprofit entrepreneurs think they can skip the whole plan, rather than just the sections on valuation, equity offered, and exit strategy. equity nonprofit philanthropy section 501(c)(3

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5 Criteria For Splitting Equity In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

So the first question I usually get is what percent of the company or equity is that person worth? Just because it was your idea doesn’t mean you “deserve” 90% of the equity. The value in a startup is all about tangible results, so I see no equity value in the idea alone. Each co-founder should get equity for value, based on these key variables: Lived a key role in a previous startup. Major equity in a startup that goes nowhere is not my idea of fun.

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6 Ways To Measure Brand Equity (And Build It)

YFS Magazine

Without an understanding of your brand's current equity, you can struggle to set metrics for improvement. Here's how to measure brand equity and build it. Editor Picks Grow Marketing & Sales brand brand development brand equity brand strategy branding

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Texas Gets A New Tech Equity Program

Austin Startup

Texas Gets A New Tech Equity Program was originally published in Austin Startups on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. tech texas equity diversity-and-inclusion

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7 Equity Crowdfunding Risks Feared By Many Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, there are many types of crowdfunding, including donations, reward, pre-orders, loans, and equity. Professional investors, and more serious entrepreneurs, are most interested in money for ownership of a portion of the business (equity), and equity crowdfunding is still a small portion of the total (less than 10 percent), but growing. crowdfunding equity funding qualms startup

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What Some Are Using Home Equity Loan/HELOC Proceeds For

YoungUpstarts

Home equity loans and HELOCs provide a faster financing opportunity for consumers. A spouse or child of an individual who needs assisted living services uses the equity built-up into the home to cover the costs. Others finance matters HELOCs home equity home equity loans personal financeThe products offer immediate payments for any purposes without restrictions.

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The Racial Equity Ecosystem Pledge

Feld Thoughts

I’ve agreed to: Do a monthly podcast called Equity.District with Rodney on racial equity in entrepreneurial ecosystems and other issues around racial equity in entrepreneurship. The post The Racial Equity Ecosystem Pledge appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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Are You Getting Your Fair Share Of Startup Equity?

Startup Professionals Musings

So the first question I usually get is what percent of the company or equity is that person worth? Just because it was your idea doesn’t mean you “deserve” 90% of the equity. The value in a startup is all about tangible results, so I see no equity value in the idea alone. Each co-founder should get equity for value, based on these key variables: Lived a key role in a previous startup. Major equity in a startup that goes nowhere is not my idea of fun.

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Raising Money Using Convertible Equity

YFS Magazine

Lately, more founders are inquiring about convertible equity. Finance Grow convertible equity investment pitch money raising startup capital seed funding seep capitalSome wonder if it is a good replacement for convertible debt (which has become ubiquitous in seed stage startup funding).

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Techstars Equity Back Guarantee

Feld Thoughts

Today Techstars announced an “ equity back guarantee ” for any company that goes through the Techstars program starting in 2015. One day we started bouncing around the cliche “let’s put our money where our mouth is” which quickly morphed into “let’s put our equity where our mouth is.” So we decided to launch an equity back guarantee. The post Techstars Equity Back Guarantee appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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New Venture Equity As Compensation Is A Long-Term Bet

Startup Professionals Musings

It never hurts to ask in a job interview what stock options are available, and don’t fall for the offer which promises to “work out the equity terms later.” Any offers of equity compensation before the first round of institutional capital should be considered purely speculative. Wouldn’t you like to be one of the lucky people who joined Google and Facebook when these were startups, and now be a multi-millionaire or better?

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A Conversation With Dan Caruso About Gender Equity at the Boulder Country Club

Feld Thoughts

The past few months’ events have led us all to soul search on equity, with the primary focus being racial equity. They seemed surprised that this would be viewed as a gender equity matter. They are positioning this as a golf tee time preference instead of a gender equity issue.

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A VC Puts On His Equity Crowdfunding Hat

YoungUpstarts

It’s been about three months since equity crowdfunding was opened up to all Americans. This change means that virtually any individual, not just the wealthy, will have opportunities to make equity investments in early stage companies. The entrepreneurs I mentor ask me frequently about equity crowdfunding. If I were an entrepreneur seeking funding, here are some of the things I would think about in considering equity crowdfunding as a fit for my company: 1.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Legislation for Your Nonprofit Board Agenda

Board Effect

The post Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Legislation for Your Nonprofit Board Agenda appeared first on BoardEffect. Legislation relating to equality, diversity, discrimination, and rights is a hot topic the world over because of discrimination in society and in the workplace.

Startups Should Be Responsible for Explaining Equity to New Employees

View from Seed

When someone goes to work for an early startup, the compensation package general includes an annual salary, health insurance, and, instead of fixed-cost performance upside, a percentage of unvested options to purchase equity in the company. Of late, I’ve encountered numerous potential startup candidates and newly hired employees who have no idea what their equity means. It falls on the hiring company to thoroughly explain equity options to their new employees.

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Flexible VCs With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing

David Teten

V: Should you raise venture capital from a traditional equity VC or a Revenue-Based Investing VC? VI: Revenue-based financing: The next step for private equity and early-stage investment. VIII: The Leading Flexible VCs, With Structures Between Equity and Revenue-Based Investing.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Practicum

Feld Thoughts

Please join us for the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Practicum. The post Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Solutions (DEIS) Practicum appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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For Equity Investors, A Startup Has To End To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. Equity investments are not loans, so there is no loan payback period or interest payments. Equity is stock, but private company stock has no market value until the company goes public or is sold or merged with another company. Find a private equity firm or friendly individual. entrepreneur equity investors IPO startup exit

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Progress on the Discussion Around Gender Equity at the Boulder Country Club

Feld Thoughts

After plenty of feedback and activity, I’ve decided to take down the post from last week titled A Conversation With Dan Caruso About Gender Equity at the Boulder Country Club. While often difficult to sort through and resolve, I think it’s vital to address equity issues at all levels.

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Financing with grants, not equity or debt

Berkonomics

If you can finance your enterprise through grants rather than equity or debt, you retain control and when it is time to sell your interest in the business, a lower sales price will create a higher return on your personal investment. First, an example of grant-based financing .

The Difference between Debt Financing and Equity Financing: Which Is Right For You?

YoungUpstarts

When you’re looking for extra funds, there are typically two options: debt financing and equity financing. It’s important to understand the difference between debt financing and equity financing so when it comes time to get additional funding, you know which is the right fit for your business and how to get it. Equity Financing. Equity financing is provided by an investor instead of a lender. Others debt financing equity financing

When should you go for equity financing?

Berkonomics

Let’s take a few minutes to examine the kind of equity financing available to small or early stage businesses. In most cases, these applicants for equity funding must be rooted in technology to apply to this limited discussion. The post When should you go for equity financing?

CMO CTO COO Equity and Compensation

SoCal CTO

I was just asked about a particular startup situation (seed stage, CMO hire, non-founder) and particularly what compensation and equity is appropriate. I know a lot more about CTOs specifically CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011 , Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data , Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data , but I've previously written about the issues with Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups.

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Agio On Hedge Fund Cybersecurity And The Difficulty Of Securing Private Equity Firms

YoungUpstarts

When thinking about how to start a private equity firm or a hedge fund, security should be on the list of priorities. Both financial service institutions have to handle a lot of sensitive data as well as monetary assets, which means that hedge fund cybersecurity or private equity cybersecurity is an area that needs a lot of attention. While both private equities and hedge funds pose a challenge when it comes to cybersecurity, it’s private equity firms that have it more difficult.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

Understand where they were in terms of being able to pay or was this equity-only (sweat equity only). And he was still in the process of raising additional capital, so it was equity only. However, when I told him that the level of engagement required from me and the fact that equity-only development was required, he seemed to be a bit offended. There are cases where I will do equity-only deals.

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Launching a Portfolio Acceleration Platform at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

David Teten

I’ve recently advised a number of emerging private equity and VC funds who are wrestling with the question: What are the highest impact steps they can take to support their portfolio companies? . Portfolio Acceleration Private Equity Venture Capital

5 Things To Consider Before Selling To A Private Equity Firm

YoungUpstarts

by Adam Coffey, author of “ The Private Equity Playbook ” . You speak to trusted friends and personal advisors about how you should go about doing this (perhaps your lawyer or accountant), and before you know it, you stumble upon an important player in the private equity game: the investment banker. In this article, we’ll look at five things to consider before selling to a private equity firm. It can be very lucrative to partner with private equity.

10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur startup co-founder partner equity businessA while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One.” The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. Even if you are looking in all the right places, it helps to know what you are looking for.

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AlertMedia Receives a big Investment From Vista Equity Partners

SiliconHills

AlertMedia announced last week that it has signed an agreement to receive a significant growth investment from Vista Equity Partners. An article in Fortune estimated the investment by Austin-based Vista Equity Partners at $400 million.

8 Secrets for Maximizing Startup Equity and Control

Startup Professionals Musings

Bootstrapping avoids all the cost, pain, and distractions of finding angels or VCs, and allows you to keep control and all your hard-earned equity for yourself. startup control equity bootstrapping Rich Christiansen business When someone asks me for the best way to fund a startup, I always say bootstrap it, meaning fund it yourself and grow organically.

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Don’t Expect An Equity Investor For Your Non-Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

What options do they have available to them, since they can’t sell a share of the company (no equity investment)? There is no discussion of equity, or return on investment. Some non-profit entrepreneurs think they can skip the whole plan, rather than just the sections on valuation, equity offered, and exit strategy. equity funding investor non-profit philanthropist Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t invest in non-profits.

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Reasons For Surge In Mexico’s Private Equity Industry

YoungUpstarts

For years Mexico lagged behind a lot of other Latin America countries when it came to private equity. While the likes of Javier García Teruel Avila has been a prominent figure in private equity in his homeland for years, the market means there are even more opportunities for successful private equity investors such as him to take advantage of. There’s no doubt that the Mexican government are largely to thank for the country’s rise in private equity.

Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

Both Sides of the Table

Convertible debt is an investment that “converts&# into equity in the future usually at a discount to your next funding round price and sometimes has a “cap&# (maximum price). Funnily enough I just answered this question yesterday on Quora when somebody asked, “Why would an early-stage investor specifically NOT prefer a convertible note structure to straight equity (e.g. prefer equity to convertible debt): If you’re an early stage investor (e.g.

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An Advisor Equity and Advisor Pool Breakdown

Eric Friedman

Bigger/better advisors who get more equity have things like; excellent domain expertise to help you avoid pitfalls, deep connections within the industry to help with the intros, partnerships, and more. As a potential advisor looking to get involved with the company; MORE EQUITY! Before embarking down this path, please check with your outside counsel, Board of Directors, and equity plan and financing documents etc… before making moves.

15 Steps to Fundraising for Your New Venture Capital or Private Equity Fund

David Teten

For ideas, see How Executives Can Work from Home with Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds. Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor. Fundraising hacks for VC and private equity funds. Launching is easy; fundraising is harder.

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt?

Berkonomics

Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt? These are just some of the ways to creatively raise funds without offering equity or taking on new debt. The post Use creative fundraising instead of equity or debt? By Dave Berkus. First, my story as an example.

DealMarket.com – Making Private Equity A Big Deal

YoungUpstarts

Online platforms that connect startups and entrepreneurs are common, but one that connects private equity professionals? But DealMarket ( www.dealmarket.com ), launched in March this year, looks set to be the way that private equity and investment types will work in the future. “ DealMarket has been designed by private equity professionals for private equity professionals,&# says DealMarket co-founder and CEO Celine Fillistorf, who hails from Zurich, Switzerland.

Get the Most Startup Funding Using Your Home Equity

The Startup Magazine

Bootstrapping your startup often means you scrape together your cash, and often tapping your home equity value. It’s the location, height, view, lights and various other factors that go in to determine the home equity value of any private place. Besides the above significant points, finishing and woodwork in the house is also a point taken into consideration for home equity appraisal of a residential property.

New video: Private equity origination best practices

David Teten

Best Practices of Private Equity Funds in Origination ” at the Wells Fargo SBIC Symposium, an event for their portfolio funds. The post New video: Private equity origination best practices appeared first on David Teten. A few weeks ago I presented on “ Where Are the Deals?

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

Editor’s note: Understanding how to divide founder equity at a startup can be tricky, even to the point of reaching emotional riffs between founders. Below, Lee Hower offers advice for approaching these equity discussions objectively and properly. As a result, one of the trickier things co-founders tackle is determining the equity split amongst the founding group of individuals. Sometimes co-founders put off the equity split question for some time.

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