10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

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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? The next default of waiting until later is equally bad, since partners who bow out early will still expect an equal share of that first billion you make later.

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7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. I’ll put in the money, if you put in the sweat equity.” marriage new venture partner relationships

5 Things To Consider Before Selling To A Private Equity Firm

YoungUpstarts

by Adam Coffey, author of “ The Private Equity Playbook ” . One or two of the interested parties could be strategic companies, larger than yours, who are seeking to purchase your company, but for the most part, it will be private equity groups.

Vista Equity Partners Backs Austin-based YouEarnedIt

SiliconHills

YouEarnedIt, a startup focused on rewarding employees at companies, has landed an investment from Vista Equity Partners, based in Austin. The Austin based startup also received investment from its previous investors, Ridge Ventures and Silverton Partners.

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? The next default of waiting until later is equally bad, since partners who bow out early will still expect an equal share of that first billion you make later.

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7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. I’ll put in the money, if you put in the sweat equity.”

How Amazon Partners With Brands

YoungUpstarts

Better yet, how does Amazon partner with brands? It is up to the brand to find the right expertise to improve Amazon channel brand equity, product catalog, and advertising. Amazon doesn’t partner with brands – each brand needs to build and manage its own Amazon strategy.

Limited Partner Due Diligence on Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage HOF Capital to keep in line with their standards and expectations. The biggest risk for many VC and private equity funds is team risk. Ask on what KPIs each Partner is evaluated.

Limited Partner Due Diligence on Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Similarly, our limited partner investors have their own due diligence standards, and we manage HOF Capital to keep in line with their standards and expectations. The biggest risk for many VC and private equity funds is team risk. Ask on what KPIs each Partner is evaluated.

Marlin Equity Partners to Acquire Bazaarvoice for $521 Million

SiliconHills

Austin-based Bazaarvoice has signed a deal to be acquired by Marlin Equity Partners, a global investment firm, for approximately $521 million. Marlin Equity Partners, based in Los Angeles, plans to pay $5.50 The post Marlin Equity Partners to Acquire Bazaarvoice for $521 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. Under the deal, Bazaarvoice would become a private company. in cash for each share of Bazaarvoice stock.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Mark Attanasio gets to flex his full range of expertise and interests as co-founder and Managing Partner of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on early stage and mid market growth companies.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

Having seen these dilemmas derail countless startups, I wish every entrepreneur and prospective founder would read this book." - Eric The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits.

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Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

Up and Running

Then, the unveiling of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed equity crowdfunding rules reveals a panacea for growing your business’s coffers. Equity crowdfunding vs. donation crowdfunding. Equity crowdfunding differs from donation crowdfunding in two major ways.

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[Interview] Donato Sferra Of Toronto’s Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Building extensive experience in the financial service industry over a twenty year career, Donato Sferra began his financial career as an equity research analyst at TD Securities, specializing in auto parts, solar and automation.

Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?

Up and Running

Of course, not every equity compensation story is a David Choe Story. If you’re thinking about extending equity to an employee or a vendor (as in the example above), you should know that the topic is multi-faceted. In this article, I’m going to examine: What equity compensation is.

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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CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ). You can also enter salary and equity data to see where you stand.

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Splitting Startup Equity for Your Piece of the Pie

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first tough decisions that startup founders have to make is how to allocate or split the equity among co-founders. Another common “failure to start” situation I see is one where the “idea person” insists that the idea is 90% of the value (and 90% of the equity).

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

View from Seed

Yet once the right firms are identified, I believe that the tougher challenge is to determine which partner at these firms to approach. Most firms have anywhere from a couple to up to a dozen or more partners listed on their websites.

The right way to give equity to your employees

The Next Web

As a rule, entrepreneurs are very protective of their equity, and try to keep 100 percent ownership for themselves. employees, partners) are appropriately motivated to help you succeed. Entrepreneur employees equity startup

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When to trade equity for services

The Next Web

Giving up equity in your business, as an alternative to paying cash, often sounds like a great idea to cash-starved startups. But, giving up equity in your business is often a very big decision, and can come at a long-term price, both financially and operationally.

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How to Negotiate a Partner Role at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Firm

David Teten

It’s hard enough to get a job at a venture capital or private equity firm; it’s even more complex to join as a Partner. Also see Preqin’s Key Due Diligence Considerations for Private Equity Investors. . VC and private equity are very illiquid on both the investing and the personnel side. Sean Seton-Rogers, Partner, Profounders Capital, breaks the conversation into three areas: Control: voting/veto for new deals, share of management company.

Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

For years, the purple hoodie was given only to valued partners and Twitch employees to wear while covering gaming’s biggest events. From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Image credit: Twitch.

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Decline in Private Equity Deals in Israel for Q1 2011

VC Cafe

IVC Research Center has released the Quarterly Survey of Israeli Private Equity Deals for Q1 2011. Eleven private equity deals in Q1 2011, amounted at $216 million, a 68% decrease from the $668 million in Q1 last year, and a 74% decline from the previous quarter ($826 million).

Careful about equity and options in early stage businesses

Berkonomics

For those negotiating equity allocations it covers some of the most complex issues to address in the process. Here’s an example: First, a brand-new enterprise is often formed from the efforts of several “partners”, each with an expertise valued by the others. Close.

Opportunity Hub Partners with Capital Factory To Bridge Opportunity Gap

Austin Startup

A systems-wide approach to operationalize diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the startup ecosystem is required and must be built from the ground by communities of color with the support and investment of all.

How to Scale a Venture Capital (or Private Equity) Fund

David Teten

My Partners at HOF Capital are younger than I am, which means that we have a half-century horizon for the franchise we are building. – Build out low-cost force multipliers such as scouts , Advisors, Entrepreneurs in Residence, Venture Partners, and so on.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s among the most-asked questions on startup forums, and an issue we’re dealing with right now at WPEngine as we bring on new employees: How do you decide how much equity (shares) to give a new employee or partner?

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How to Scale a Venture Capital (or Private Equity) Fund

David Teten

My partners at HOF Capital are younger than I am, which means we have a half-century horizon for the franchise we are building. For ideas on scaling, see PEHub: How to Scale a Venture Capital (or Private Equity) Fund. The post How to Scale a Venture Capital (or Private Equity) Fund appeared first on David Teten. Contributed Articles Fund Management Private Equity Venture Capital

Event Invitation: The London Business School 2011 Private Equity Conference

VC Cafe

London Business School is proud to present the London Business School 2011 Private Equity Conference. and Vincenzo Morelli (Partner – TPG Capital and Chairman of European Private Equity Roundtable). VC Cafe is proud to be a media partner.

This Friday at NYU-Annual Stern Private Equity Conference

David Teten

The Stern Private Equity Club will host its 8 th Annual Stern Private Equity Conference on Friday, March 1 st , 2013. New York Presentations and Conferences Private Equity Venture Capital

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

www.startuplessonslearned.com

Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits. Setting the early equity split in stone is one of the biggest mistakes founders can make. Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. Lessons Learned.

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

Up and Running

It’s almost as if we – the startup community – have been led to believe that you need partners. Some with partners, others without. On the other hand, the ventures which were outright failures or fledgling businesses involved anywhere from two to four business partners.

Viola Private Equity Pumps $7 Million into Zend

VC Cafe

V iola Private Equity , an Israeli PE fund with $164 million under management for technology buyouts, has announced a $7 million investment in Zend , the leading provider of open-source and commercial solutions based on PHP web applications.

Quality over quantity on The Equity Kicker

The Equity Kicker

In 2006 I was a newly minted Partner at DFJ Esprit (now DraperEsprit ) without the family, fundraising, and fund management responsibilities I have now. Robert Scoble is perhaps the greatest blogger of them all, so when I started blogging in 2006 I read Naked Conversations , his guide to blogging. One of his tips was to post every day. At the time we were all reading blogs in feedreaders which we checked every day for updates from our favourite bloggers.

What to Look For in a Business Partner

Up and Running

When I was going through the co-founder “dating” process, I’d found a potential partner through my network who seemed to be perfect. At the end of the month, we’d evaluate the partnership and discuss equity. Finding the right business partner for me.

Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

For years, the purple hoodie was given only to valued partners and Twitch employees to wear while covering gaming’s biggest events. From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Image credit: Twitch.

Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor

David Teten

I’ve also published research here on private equity , venture capital , hedge funds and mutual funds , and angel investing , as well as on fund management : origination , due diligence , investment research , and portfolio acceleration. Stephane Levy, Partner at Cooley , is currently teaching a series on ‘ Introduction to Term Sheets ’ in New York with the New York City Venture Connection. Asset Management Career Fund Management Private Equity Venture Capital

Fundraising Hacks for Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

Historically, the process of winning capital from limited partners has been opaque. A few years ago, I presented at an Invesco conference on Emerging GPs, and one of the highlights was a presentation by Laurie Weir summarizing CALPERS’ selection criteria under their Private Equity Emerging Manager Program Review. LIMITED PARTNERS’ PERSPECTIVE. Origins is a podcast about Limited Partners, created by VC Notation Capital. GENERAL PARTNERS’ PERSPECTIVE.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Our guest this week on #TWiVC was Dana Settle , partner at Greycroft Partners , a venture capital firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Current round: $35mm in Series C (extension of Series B at higher valuation) from General Atlantic, Matrix Partners.