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. So we decided to launch an equity back guarantee. The post Techstars Equity Back Guarantee appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So we will return to our regularly scheduled friday programming next week. I spent a week in Europe a few weeks ago with our friend Eric who is a managing partner in a private equity firm. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on a board of one of our portfolio companies with a private equity investor who is making a few minority investments. Venture Capital and Private Equity are very different investment disciplines.

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Financing your business: Debt vs Equity

StartupCFO

VentureBeat wrote a post recently on debt versus equity which one is right for your business. So what I would like to do here is layout a more comprehensive framework for the pros and cons of debt versus equity and when you could look at each for financing your business. Equity.

Venture Geeks Launches New Startup Accelerator Program in Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

GeekMedia, the company behind the Israeli blog NewsGeek (Hebrew) has launched VentureGeeks , a new incubator program in Israel, which will provide seed funding and mentorship to Israeli startups. The Tel-Aviv based incubator is meant to serve as an accelerator program for startups, following the model of US based Y Combinator. The cost for startups is 10% of their equity. Applications to the program are currently open until February 28th, 2011.

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?

techcrunch.com

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get? Entrepreneurs want to compensate their mentors and advisors for the time they dedicate to helping their businesses grow, but they have no idea how much equity to offer. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture.

How Much Equity a Technical Cofounder Should Get - Nathan Hurst's Blog

Nathan Hurst

I love programming, board games, and my wife. This covers one of the most common situations I encounter: For a pre-funding web startup whose team includes only a non-technical cofounder, how much equity should an incoming technical cofounder get?

Pay for Publicity with Equity

Inc Startups

The price: A little equity. Wahooly will negotiate a percentage of equity based on the number of users it will deliver plus other factors, such as stage status, co-founder Dana Severson said.) Would you exchange equity in your company for help getting the word out

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). prefer equity to convertible debt): If you’re an early stage investor (e.g.

How To Pick The Right Startup Accelerator Program

YoungUpstarts

Every year, thousands of hopeful entrepreneurs around the world pack their bags and head out to participate in an accelerator program. For the most part, most of these programs are similar. Choosing the right program can make or break your startup. The Mentorship Program.

Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

mashable.com

“Once that product is built, you will probably have given away a lot of equity.&# In exchange for $150,000 to $300,000 of work, each startup has given Kayweb 14% to 40% equity. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Sign in with Facebook or Twitter to get started!

Interview with Sramana Mitra on 1M/1M Program

Life Beyond Code

1M/1M Program has a bold mission. I had an opportunity to catchup with Sramana and we talked about the program. Once the $1 million revenue milestone is crossed, entrepreneurs find it easier to find additional customers, manage working capital, and access funding, whether it is credit or equity. By November 2010, we launched the 1M/1M website, including an early version of the premium program. Of 1M/1M he says, “The value of your program is amazing.

Canada announces new startup visa program to attract entrepreneurs starting on April 1

The Next Web

The Canadian government announced on Thursday it will launch a new program on April 1 to encourage startup founders who will (hopefully) create new jobs and spur economic growth in the country.

The 5 Key Stages of Equity Funding

Growthink Blog

When seeking equity investments, the source of capital is, for the most part, tied to the stage of capital being raised. You see, equity capital is raised in stages or rounds.

Government Grants Cost No Equity, But are Not Free

Startup Professionals Musings

A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups.

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“Why give up that much equity for an amount we could raise other ways?:” SMB Tech Talk from ArtJamz

Hunter Walker

We’ve tried several loyalty programs, but haven’t found anything that really works well. But, based on our sales and the amount we we’re looking to raise, $60-$120K, it could have meant giving up over 40% equity.

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TechStars Beats Y Combinator, Ranked Best Accelerator Program in U.S.

ReadWriteStart

A number of new startup accelerator and incubator programs have popped up lately, a response no doubt to the success of the Y Combinator and TechStars programs and the success of the programs' participants.

What is the ratio of equity received for sweat equity vs. cash investment in a new venture?

Gust

There is no specific ratio between “sweat equity” and cash in a venture, and that’s actually not a good way to think about the issue. The bottom line is that cash is cash is cash, and everything else is “not cash” The reason is that cash is fungible, which means it can be interchanged for everything else, from programming skills to vacations on the Riviera. Invested Interests Angels cash equity effort ownership startup sweat equity VCs

Should an Angel Investor also get Advisory/Board Equity?

Venture Cyclist

Over the last couple of years entrepreneurs have asked me a few times about cases where a potential angel investor, often someone who has been a mentor to the company in the program, says that they want to invest, but that they also want extra equity for being an advisor or board member, because they “bring more to the table than just money”. Equity is very precious, and so advisory or board equity should not be granted lightly.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

I am very happy to announce today a new program I’ve been working on designed to support women and diverse entrepreneurs, particularly those in the technology sector. The VCAP© program is national, and open to all entrepreneurs and private companies seeking investment capital.

Outbound VC Dialing Programs – Total Disrespect for Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

Many of the growth equity firms have had outbound dialing programs for years. Growth equity firms typically target profitable businesses that are often not technical in nature. What disrespect they show founders / CEOs with these programs.

Bonnier opens up applications to accelerator program

ArcticStartup

No equity is required to participate in the program, and you can see from the details that really Bonnier is looking for dealflow for their investment arm. The program runs three months, and the entrepreneurs will move into the Bonnier offices starting September.

How to Make the Perfect Startup Pitch

The Startup Magazine

million valuation ($150,000 for 10 percent equity) in 2008. The program takes place in a fully online learning environment. Capital Raising Marketing Private Equity Seed and Angel Investors Startups Venture Capital NotreDameofMaryland

The Right Way to Grant Equity to Your Employees

Inc Startups

The equity culture among young technology companies is almost universal. Unfortunately, despite decades of experience building new hire option plans, many start-ups still fail to put in place an equity compensation plan that adequately rewards long term employees over time.

[Singapore] JFDI.Asia’s Second Accelerator Program This Year Receives Overwhelming Response

YoungUpstarts

Singapore-based accelerator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator ( JFDI Asia ) has revealed that over 300 digital startup teams have applied for its second accelerator program for this year, competing for just 12 places in this intake.

“Why give up that much equity for an amount we could raise other ways?:” SMB Tech Talk from ArtJamz

Hunter Walker

We’ve tried several loyalty programs, but haven’t found anything that really works well. But, based on our sales and the amount we we’re looking to raise, $60-$120K, it could have meant giving up over 40% equity.

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The Lightspeed Summer Fellowship Program Explained « Lightspeed.

Lightspeed

Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation The Lightspeed Summer Fellowship Program Explained April 12, 2011 Posted by John Vrionis in 2011 , blogging , start-up , startup , startups , Summer Program , Venture Capital. I started the program at Lightspeed 5 years ago because as an undergraduate and graduate student I, as well as many of my entrepreneurial classmates, took on “real” internships during the summers in order to pay the bills (rent, gas, beer…).

SBA Helping Owners Tap Their Real Estate Loans for Equity

Inc Startups

Business owners may be overlooking a SBA program that helps them refinance commercial loans to obtain working capital. To do so they’ve implemented a temporary program to help small businesses refinance commercial loans and restructure their debt.

Section 409A Revisited: Severance Plans and Other Deferred Compensation Programs

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Original Title: Section 409A Revisited: Severance Plans and Other Deferred Compensation Programs With Release Agreement Conditions May Need to Be 'Fixed'. nonqualified deferred compensation plans, equity-based compensation plans and welfare benefit plans.

Finalist Women and Minority Entrepreneurs Named in VCAP Program

David Teten

HBS Angels of NY and the NAIC have named the finalist women and minority entrepreneurs of the Venture Capital Access Program; check out the press release below. Select Finalists for Venture Capital Access Program. VCAP©, the first program of its kind, bridges the gap between venture capitalists and angel investor networks and women and diverse entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs interested in VCAP©, and other related programs, visit Marathon’s website at www.marathonfdn.org.

Ironheart Corporate Advisory Disrupts Legacy Companies by Accelerating Growth in Mid-Level Firms

The Startup Magazine

Ironheart Corporate Advisory , an advisor to high potential companies and executives, has launched a one-year immersive Performance Engineering Program to increase financial value of tech-enabled, privately held companies. Entrepreneurship Private Equity Dun and Bradstreet Ironheart

European Commission offers €20 000 for 10 EdTech Startups in New Accelerator Program

ArcticStartup

If you have a startup company and you’re thinking about applying for an European accelerator program, you’ll probably know that you have quite a few options. Only 10 of the most promising startups will be chosen for the program.

Finnish Startup NurseBuddy in Dublin for Startup Bootcamp's Health XL Program

ArcticStartup

Getting into an acceleration program is no east feat. Among those accepted into Startup Bootcamp''s Health XL program is NurseBuddy. They also happen to be the only Nordic representative in the program. “It''s In return HealthXL gets 8% equity.

Dave McClure's 500 Startups Unveils Its Accelerator Program

ReadWriteStart

Six months after the launch of its early-stage investment fund, 500 Startups is announcing its accelerator program, a three to six month program that will give early-stage startups funding, a workspace, and access to a vast network of mentors.

April 4-Innovation in Private Company Liquidity-Online Merger Markets, Social Media, Secondary Markets, Non-US Markets, Private Equity, and the Disappearing IPO

David Teten

We will discuss liquidity options appropriate for a wide range of people with private company stock, including private equity funds, venture capitalists, angels, founders, and employees with options. Events Private Equity Venture Capital

StartupBootCamp's MobilityXL Program To Offer Each Participating Team A $1 Million Loan

ArcticStartup

The pan-European startup accelerator, Startupbootcamp , is announcing that each participating team in their new Copenhagen MobilityXL program will be offered a $1 million loan at the end of the program.

Questions on Startup Fundraising? Ask The VC

Early Growth Financial Services

Shop around to find the best incubator program for your startup. For example, angels and early-stage funds typically … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC FundingThis was the third webinar in our “Ask the VC” series.

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

During that time one of the founders had mentioned that for the initial agreed time (3 months, equivalent dollars could be translated to 2% of equity but no agreement was reached at that time). Now, they were able to raise enough money in the last 3 months to launch a product along with all the necessary software development to launch a pilot program for validating the idea. Now I feel like I was part of the team to build the company but equity valuation offered to me is not fair.

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

During that time one of the founders had mentioned that for the initial agreed time (3 months, equivalent dollars could be translated to 2% of equity but no agreement was reached at that time). Now, they were able to raise enough money in the last 3 months to launch a product along with all the necessary software development to launch a pilot program for validating the idea. Now I feel like I was part of the team to build the company but equity valuation offered to me is not fair.

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. PROGRAMS/DEGREES. The post Microcredentials for the Effective Venture Capital or Private Equity Investor appeared first on David Teten. Asset Management Career Fund Management Private Equity Venture Capital

Fundraising Hacks for Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

David Teten

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. I’ve written a number of pieces relevant if you are fundraising for a private equity or venture capital fund – I suggest my presentation on raising capital for tech companies and How to Write a Resume that Wins Investors.

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