Finance Fridays: Getting Started – Allocating Equity and Founder’s Investment

Feld Thoughts

Finance Friday’s gets off the ground with today’s post by introducing you to an imaginary startup, the entrepreneurs that we’ll being following throughout the series, and their first challenges: splitting up the founders’ equity and addressing the case where one of the founders provides the initial seed capital for the business. Jane and Dick briefly considered a valuation based on the next external financing round, perhaps applying a discount.

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7 Reasons Companies Should Consider Third-Party POS Financing

YoungUpstarts

by Miron Lulic, founder and CEO of SuperMoney. However, not all companies have the working capital available to offer in-house financing programs. What is POS financing? This financing can come in the form of credit cards, unsecured loans, and lines of credit.

We Will Never Need Another Financing

Feld Thoughts

“We will never need another financing.” ” “This financing will get us to cash flow breakeven.” ” “This is our last financing before we become profitable.” But even if you, as the founder, believe it, you are still probably deluding yourself. “This is the last financing we’ll ever need” is the lead in statement. The post We Will Never Need Another Financing appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing. Ron Conway , of SV Angels, and Reid Hoffman , LinkedIn's founder, are names often mentioned in this category.

Founders – Don’t Forget To Manage Your Own Personal Finances

YoungUpstarts

The trouble is that while many of these founders may keep a paranoid eye on their company accounts, some neglect their own personal finances. Here are some ideas how startup founders can properly manage their personal finances: Make sure you have a proper financial plan.

4 Creative Ways To Finance Your Growing Business

YoungUpstarts

by Krista Morgan, CEO and co-founder of P2BInvestor. Full disclosure – any kind of financing comes with costs, whether it’s interest payments, equity, and/or your very valuable time which, as an entrepreneur, is the thing you will always wish you had more of.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

One of our recent investments, offered by Founder Collective (FC) – an eight-year-old manager with offices in Boston and San Francisco – is an excellent example of what we look for when we invest in funds offered by other managers. Investments fg next founder collective LP

Does Alternative Finance Exist In Singapore And Hong Kong?

YoungUpstarts

by Anthony Coundouris , trade finance evangelist for ApexPeak. Alternative finance has grown slowly in these countries, because both are the historical treasurers of Asia. In Asia Pacific, the volumes in alternative finance have come from South Korea and China.

Founder Interview: Platinum Rapid Funding CEO, Ali Mayar

The Startup Magazine

Ali Mayar began his professional life in finance before moving on to his current role today. As Founder and CEO, Mayar is responsible for motivating his entire team to meet the diverse needs of his clients every day. What Led You to the Finance Industry?

AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

We first met the founders of AppDirect – Daniel Saks and Nicolas Desmarais – when they acquired Standing Cloud , a Boulder-based portfolio company of ours. The post AppDirect Is Hiring After Closing a $50 Million Financing appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Earlier this year, we took part in a $50 million Series D investment round in AppDirect.

Convertible Note Seed Financings: Founders Beware!

Scott Edward Walker

This post is the third part of a three-part primer on convertible note seed financings. Part 1, entitled “ Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) ,” addressed the basics.

Financing Acquisitions: Keys to Structuring the Deal And Obtaining The Funding

YoungUpstarts

Think of financing an acquisition as an exercise with two parts that work in concert: 1) structuring a desired deal with a suitable target and 2) obtaining the funding. Think about the whole capital structure and the impact to the various layers of financing. by Kenneth H.

Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. I wanted to be able to select clients that are a good fit and can benefit from my finance, IT and international experience. Gabriela Rodil.

The Proliferation of Standardized Seed Financing Documents

Feld Thoughts

As of today’s announcement that Ted Wang at Fenwick & West has collaborated with a group of bay area early stage VC’s and angel investors to create the Series Seed Documents (the site isn’t up yet so I can’t opine on the quality of the docs but I expect them to be fine) we now have – at my count – four different standardized seed financing documents floating around the industry. Y Combinator Series AA Equity Financing Documents (by WSGR).

New Year, New Finances – How To Keep Your Small Business Finances In Control

YoungUpstarts

Instead of letting your businesses’ finances cloud your day-to-day, make the steps to take control this year: revisit, rethink and refuel. An additional resource to seek help from when addressing your finances is the local community banker.

Convertible Note Seed Financings: Econ 101 for Founders

Scott Edward Walker

This post is the second part of a three-part primer on convertible note seed financings. Part 1, entitled “ Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) ,” addressed certain basic questions, such as (i) what is a convertible note? (ii)

Founder Interview: Todd Warren with Family Law Insights

The Startup Magazine

Our collective vision was to start a law firm that put the client first and which concentrated on problem solving in complex legal matters ranging from child custody to business valuation and finance. Many lawyers are entrepreneurs.

Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. I wanted to be able to select clients that are a good fit and can benefit from my finance, IT and international experience. Gabriela Rodil.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Gust

For a startup founder, this stage is when the “big idea” has become a passion for him, but he hasn’t written anything down yet. Despite these pundits, I sense a fundamental change in the early-stage financing eco-system.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign.

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

abovethecrowd.com

we immediately thought of Wealthfront , the automated investment service started by Benchmark founder Andy Rachleff. Finance government stimulus Internet Payment Regulation Uncategorized Venture Capital Disruption payments wealthfront

7 Startup Co-Founders To Avoid And Keep Your Sanity

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We Bill Gates business co-founder entrepreneur Paul Allen startup

8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Managing personal finances separate from the business. Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle, making it hard to isolate the startup finances from family financial stability and future retirement requirements.

How Finance Can Usher In Digital Transformation With One Key Resource

YoungUpstarts

by Andrew Durlak, Co-Founder & VP of Operations at Scout RFP. The first step is to expand your focus on digital transformation for the company and zero in on oft-looked over departments that are under finance’s leadership.

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

Both Sides of the Table

When I first read Paul Graham’s blog post on “High Resolution&# Financing I read it as a treatise arguing that convertible notes are better than equity.

Venture Debt Helps Founders Find Stability In Volatile Markets

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow investing money raising capital venture capital venture debtDon't overlook the value of venture debt. As the markets assume a more volatile backdrop we expect the role of venture debt will only grow.

Clarify Lands $1M Financing

Austin Startup

Solo Co-founders

K9 Ventures

Conventional wisdom in the startup world dictates that two founders are ideal for a startup. There are lots of famous pairs of duo co-founders: Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Hewlett and Packard, Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Three co-founders is acceptable, but anything beyond that the chances of success of the company may actually decrease. Having the right co-founder is perhaps the single most valuable thing in a startup.

When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out

Startup Professionals Musings

Even in most of these cases, the original startup founders were pushed out, or heavily supplemented, with “experienced” executives. Sure, there are examples of Founders who have survived and prospered, such as Bill Gates and Larry Page, but these guys are the exception, not the rule.

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7 Signals Of A Future Startup Founder From Corporate

Startup Professionals Musings

Most technical people I know love to discuss and debate technology, but avoid business subjects, including finance and marketing, like the plague.

7 Co-Founder Strategies That Can Be Very Painful

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We strategy entrepreneur startup co-founder business

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Sharing these pricing expectations early with potential lead investors fundamentally qualifies your conversations, but it also runs the risk of prematurely losing a potential financing partner, or else it can reduce options to maximize your fundraise outcome. So What Should Founders Do?

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

Put differently, there are some founders for whom failure simply isn’t an option. I am so proud and honored to recognize one such founder from the K9 portfolio today. Sooinn Lee is the founder and CEO of LocoMotive Labs.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I watched, participated, and suffered through every type of creative financing as companies were struggling to raise capital in this time frame. I suffered through the next financing after implementing a complex structure, or a sale of the company, or a liquidation. I have two simple rules for founders in my head from this experience. Until you are consistently generating positive cash flow, you depend on someone else for financing.

REJECTED: 5 Reasons You Won’t Get Financed

Up and Running

Access to capital is vital for any entrepreneur’s success, but many entrepreneurs’ applications for financing are rejected. Probably because those applicants are making one of the five most common mistakes people make as they write their business plan and search for financing.

9 Creative Ways to Finance a New Product-Based Business

Up and Running

We asked nine company founders the following question: What is one creative way to quickly finance a new product-based business OTHER than crowdfunding? Have Your First 10 Customers Finance Development. When launching a new product, getting the right funding is key.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

The following is an excerpt from HBS Professor Noam Wasserman’s new book, The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. On average, the founders who keep the most control over their company make the least amount of money.

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Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

Why do these founders get to stay around? Because the balance of power has dramatically shifted from investors to founders. VCs competing for unicorn investments have given founders control of the board. A founder’s lack of credibility/experience in growing and managing a large company hindered a company that wanted to go public. A pre-IPO board usually had two founders, two VCs and one “independent” member. Founders in the Driver’s Seat. The founders.

A wealth of sources for startup fundraising – A primer for founders

VC Cafe

The financial side of technology entrepreneurship means that almost from inception, an entrepreneur has to think about and plan his or her sources of financing. Wether you like it or not, startups. This is a content summary only. Click on the post title to continue reading this post, share your comments, browse the website and more!

How to Fine-tune Your Small Business Finances—from Funding to Growth [Webinar Recap]

Up and Running

Bates: Good morning and welcome to our CEO panel, “How to Fine-Tune Your Small Business Finances From Funding to Growth” which I think is the direction that we would all like to be going. My founders and I started the company about three years ago.

7 Startup Co-Founders That Can Lead to Conflict

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors routinely decline to fund co-founders who are siblings, or in a romantic relationship. “We You really need a partner who is complementary, and can tackle the operational roles, like marketing, finance, and sales. entrepreneur startup co-founders conflict business

Founder Liquidity

K9 Ventures

Let’s say you’re the founder (I use a solo-founder in my example to keep things simple, but this could just as well apply to a founding team) of a startup called Blood, Sweat and Tears, Inc. If there is one piece of advice I would give to the founders of BST, it is to consider selling a part of their personal stock in the company at that stage. The objective is really to be able to get some risk off the table for the founders and not leave all their eggs in one basket.

Raising Startup Capital Through Convertible Debt Financing

Business Plan Blog

Most startup founders do not have enough capital to launch their companies and need to raise money at some point. Convertible Debt Financing. Among the most common methods of funding used by startups when raising seed capital is “Convertible Debt Financing.” Raising Seed Capital.