How To Secure A Lead Investor

Gust

By searching for a lead investor in your next funding round. The lead investor is the first step in Read more >. The post How To Secure A Lead Investor appeared first on The Gust Blog. By Paula Taas, Founder Institute.

The “lead investor” dance

David Cohen

The term “lead investor” is often code. ” Let me know when you have a lead investor. ” You see, many angel and seed investors view it as their job to establish a “free option” on investing in your company. By telling you that they’re potentially “in” if you have a lead investor, they establish the free option to decide later.

The “Come-from-Behind” Lead Investor

Genuine VC

Is it worth paying attention to this potential “come-from-behind” VC investor? The risk with engaging with an investor who isn’t as up to speed is a waste of the most valuable limited resource – time – when a CEO is concentrating on figuring out the best fit among the remaining candidates AND while simultaneously running a company, after all. The best litmus test to suss out whether or not a potential come-from-behind investor is worth paying attention to is if they’re “doing work.”

What Exactly Is A Lead Investor?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The term "lead investor" is often misunderstood. I have seen VCs negotiate to be called a co-lead or a lead in the term sheet. Glenn Kelman (a long time AVC regular) has a great blog post on this featuring former Sequoia partner, now Khosla partner, Pierre Lamond in the lead investor role: Then Pierre Lamond, the Sequoia partner on the deal, began working out of our office, acting as the virtual CEO.

Do you need a lead investor in your seed round?

Hippoland

One question that seed investors love to ask is if you have a lead investor in your seed round. But once you figure out why an investor is asking, tactically speaking, what do you do? Do you try to find a lead? or “We want to co-lead if you find another co-lead!”

Lead Investors, Dipshit Companies, and Funding Every Entrepreneur

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Paul Graham rightly points out that that there is a "larger trend where founders have more power than investors." But I do not agree with Paul's opinion that the notion of a "lead investor" is going away and that is good for entrepreneurs. I am a lead investor. And I think the entrepreneur needs a lead investor to play this role. Sounds like a great conversation yesterday at Y Combinator's AngelConf in Silicon Valley.

What percentage of a Series A round is typically invested by the lead investor?

Gust

In unusual (but not unique) cases, a well-respected or high-profile individual angel may be able to successfully lead the first professional funding round of an early-stage startup with a very small investment, accounting for only a small percentage of the round. Invested Interests Angels funding investor series a

All I need is a lead

Taffy Williams

One such statement is a bit misleading: “ I will invest in your company once you identify a lead! One of these is, “ Do you lead or only follow?” Your visits to the funds must include a mix of those willing to do the heavy lifting and lead transactions.

Leading vs Following

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What Hunter is getting at is the difference between leading and following. A lead investor sets the price and terms of the investment, takes a large part of the round, and usually agrees to represent the entire round on the board. And the entrepreneur and lead investor allow the followers to do that because either they are likely to help the company in some way or because the company needs more capital than the lead is prepared to invest at this time.

Eventador Lands $3.8 Million in Funding

SiliconHills

The Austin-based startup announced that the investment came from lead investor LiveOak Venture Partners with participation by Deep Space Ventures, RSH Ventures, Capital Factory and existing investor Keshif Ventures. Eventador announced recently the company has closed on $3.8

Location, Location, Location

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here are some “truisms” about startup investors and location that I’ve experienced and passed on over the years: Startup investors prefer to invest locally. Your lead investor/board member is more likely to be a local investor than your passive/follower investors.

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The NextView Ventures Manifesto

View from Seed

Most of these rhyme with what we’ve said in the past, but some have also evolved to fit the changing landscape and our own convictions about what really matters for founders and their investors at the seed stage. As the venture capital industry has evolved, more and more seed investors are passing on traditionally “seed stage” startups because there isn’t enough traction. We are first and foremost pre-traction investors. Lead investors are few.

What’s actually required to start or close a funding round?

Gust

Technically, a “funding round” simply means a company accepting one or more investments from one or more investors on similar terms within a certain period of time. 25 individual angel investors funding a startup on a convertible note. In all cases, the one fundamental requirement is that the company and the investor agree on how much is being invested, and on what terms. A network of other investors to whom they can introduce the company.

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5 million in venture capital. The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. To date, the company, founded in […] The post Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

The "Vig" Working Its Way into VC Financings

Allen's Blog

This post in Techcrunch raises interesting issues around what seems to be a trend in VC financings for "lead" investors to get a better deal than "follower investors" in the same round. The article asserts that this is typically effected by issuing the "lead" investor shares from the equity incentive pool (called the "ESOP" in the article). They got exactly the same deal as the passive "follower" investors, who did none (or a lot less) of the work. .

ATX Seed Ventures Invests in GoCo’s $2.5 Million Round

SiliconHills

ATX Seed Ventures announced it is the lead investor in GoCo’s $2.5 Other investors included Guardian Life Insurance and Salesforce Ventures. million financing round. GoCo.io, based in Houston, is a software startup that provides an all-in-one Human Resources platform focusing on small to medium sized companies. Its founders, Nir Leibovich, Jason Wang and Michael Gugel […] The post ATX Seed Ventures Invests in GoCo’s $2.5

Sometimes a Good Loss is Better than a Bad Win

OnlyOnce

Or you negotiate the highest possible valuation from a new lead investor, only to discover that new lead investor, now on your Board, expects you to triple it in four years and is way out of alignment with the rest of your cap table.

TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

The other investors include lead investor Wellington Management Company and participating investors NEA and Morgan Creek Capital […] The post TabbedOut Raises Additional $2 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. TabbedOut, a mobile payments app for bars and restaurants, announced Friday it has raised $2 million more in its Series C venture round. Miami-based Aeterna Capital provided the funds.

The "Vig" Working Its Way into VC Financings

Allen's Blog

This post in Techcrunch raises interesting issues around what seems to be a trend in VC financings for "lead" investors to get a better deal than "follower" investors in the same round. The article asserts that this is typically effected by issuing the "lead" investor shares from the equity incentive pool (called the "ESOP" in the article). They got exactly the same deal as the passive "follower" investors, who did none (or a lot less) of the work. .

What Valuation Should I Expect in My Seed Round?

This is going to be BIG.

That being said, you want to feel like you got a good deal--and your lead investor should be able to walk you through how they got to a particular valuation and why they thought it was appropriate. Powered by OpenReel I have to be honest, I'm a little suspect when one of the first questions a founder asks me is about valuation.

Our Investing Manifesto at NextView

Rob Go

Most of these rhyme with what we’ve said in the past, but some have also evolved to fit the changing landscape and our own convictions about what really matters for founders and their investors at the seed stage. We are first and foremost pre-traction investors. Lead investors are few.

The Future Fifty: A dissection of the United Kingdom’s tech scene

The Next Web

Whilst exact details remain unclear, Tech City declared that companies on the program have access to a team of leading investors, accounting firms and business leaders for ongoing advice and support. .

When Greed Turns To Fear

Feld Thoughts

If you are a founder running a high growth, VC backed company, here are a few questions to ask your investors today. If we can’t find a new lead investor, will you write us a check? There is a cliche in the financial world that has been around forever.

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Dear elizy: an investor wants to invest when we have a lead.  what does that mean?

Hippoland

An investor I met with got really excited about joining my round. He said he would like to join once we have a lead. Do I need a lead? What is a lead? 1) Technically speaking, you do not need a lead. Dear elizy : I’m raising my seed round right now.

The Market Size Fallacy for Seed-Stage Startups

View from Seed

This investor loved the team and thought the solution they were building was compelling. I remember talking to one of their angel investors (and also one of my old mentors) about what the company could become and what it would look like if it ever became a really big business.

The Importance of Boards

ithacaVC

The importance of the Board is why institutional investors (like VCs) often get a seat on the Board after an investment. But don’t be fooled, there is an element of control as investors want a say in critical decisions. I have now done 2 deals where there has been a lead investor (not CVF) who did not mind the “founder as sole board member” trap. We followed in line with the lead investor and went along with the structure.

Keiretsu Forum Invests $3 Million in Savara Pharmaceuticals

SiliconHills

The Keiretsu Forum’s members gave $3 million as the lead investor on a Series B round for Savara Pharmaceuticals. “The opportunity to invest in Savara Pharmaceuticals attracted many of our accredited investors, who are deeply committed to supporting products and technologies with the [.]. Savara is developing pulmonary drugs to treat serious and life threatening conditions.

Invest In The Mess

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Investors are throwing money at energetic entrpreneurs with plans, hopes, and dreams and at emerging winners like Groupon, Gilt, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We are doing many of these rounds as inside rounds, meaning the existing investors are funding the company without a new lead investor. What I don't see is a lot of firms interested in leading these messy middle stage rounds as a new lead investor.

Filling Out the Round

ithacaVC

For example, “VC will serve as the lead investor up to $400,000; Company would source balance of the round up to $600,000 (so round size would be up to $1,000,000 in the aggregate).”. At the early stage, the founding team often has lots of “interest” lined up waiting for a lead. And it also puts the founding team to the task – VC stepped up to lead so now go and fill out the round!

Angel Term Sheet Evolution

Angel Blog

This video is from a Bellingham Angel Group Education Breakfast on Angel investor term sheets. Dan Rosen, Chair of the Alliance of Angels in Seattle, and I talk about how term sheets for angel investors have evolved over the past few years.

Sticking With The Struggling Investments

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The truth is the investments that are working often don't need that much from an investor. And I think the lead investor board member has an obligation to provide that help. But it is an important theme for me and for entrpreneurs and investors. That's what fans do and what investors should do too. My friend Bijan tweeted this last week: One of the hardest things to watch is a company having an identity crisis. Bijan Sabet (@bijan) November 27, 2013.

Reading the Tea Leaves: Where Am I in My Seed Fundraise, Really?

View from Seed

We’ve written before on how to research partners , how to pitch the right investor at a given firm, and how to raise seed capital , generally speaking. But it’s also useful to try and understand where exactly you are in the process with a particular investor.

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

Since launching just over a year ago, 2,250 investors have joined, over 400 startups have raised money, and according to co-founder Naval Ravikant, about 20 new inbound companies per day sign up. Land a lead investor before going live. Investors drag their feet.

Rolling Closes Versus Synchronous Closes

Haystack

His tweet reads: New weak investor move. If you have conviction : invest and help the founder finish their round with good intros to other investors. Yes, sure, some of them are “rolling” closes where the investor who commits signs a document (usually a SAFE note) and then wires around that time. Most of these rounds have the investor wire on a specific day. I am not here to judge what the investor cited in the tweet did or didn’t do well.

The Buzz on Angel and Seed Investing Continues

Feld Thoughts

But I think the two best posts to come out of yesterday are Lead Investors, Dipshit Companies, and Funding Every Entrepreneur by Fred Wilson and MoneyBall for Startups by Dave McClure. Ah – well – another day passed and there was once again a ton of chatter around angel investing. A lot of it was prompted by AngelConf 2010 which you can watch recordings of on Justin.tv ( AngelConf 2010 Part 1 and AngelConf 2010 Part 2 ).

Follow the leader?

Redeye VC

I just read my friend, Roger Ehrenberg’s, latest blog post on syndicating seed rounds – and totally agree with his main conclusion (that rounds tend to work best if there is a lead investor to represent the interests of the syndicate).

Our Model

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We were the lead investor in the Seed or Series A round in seven of these eight high impact companies and three of them came from seed investments. We will see how our model needs to evolve over time to make sure we can continue to deliver the results we want to deliver to the entrepreneurs and companies we back and the to the investors whose capital we manage. This past week our portfolio company MongoDB went public.

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Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012

Inc Startups

Indeed, a lack of major acquisitions and the high-profile slumps of Facebook’s and Groupon’s public offerings put a damper on investors’ appetite for venture-funded deals, says Tracy Lefteroff, global managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers venture capital practice.

And When My Time Is Up, Have I Done Enough: Fred Wilson’s Post on ‘Time & Money’

Hunter Walker

Like many in the venture community, especially us newer investors, I enjoy Fred Wilson’s “process” posts, where he shares a POV on the practice of our profession. Like we do at the seed stage, USV almost always plays the role of “ lead investor.”

The Gust-DEMO Fall 2012 Scholarship

Gust

The Gust-DEMO scholarship gives you and your company the chance to launch in front of a world-renown audience of leading investors, top enterprise and consumer technology press, and big company strategists. As part of your application, you will create your startup profile on Gust, which you can return to in the future to manage all of your investor relations needs.

Board Seat For Sale

Feld Thoughts

Whenever a new investor showed up, they wanted – and got – a board seat.” Instead, there is no formal board, or no formalism around the board, so it’s just a free for all between the collection of early investors (angels and pre-seed/seed VCs) and the founders. Post seed boards tend to be founder and investor-centric. I get that many investors want board seats as part of their investment. I had lunch recently with a founder.

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Failure and Redemption

Steve Blank

In my mind, I had done everything the investors asked me to do. When my co-founders and I got the company scalable and repeatable, we hired an operating executive as the CEO and returned a billion dollars to each of our two lead investors.

Angel Bootcamp, The Blog Post: A Primer on Angel Investing

View from Seed

And although this is written for angel investors, I think entrepreneurs can only benefit by increasing their knowledge around these investors and hope you’ll continue reading if that’s you. Favor investment rounds with strong leads that haven’t raised millions of dollars before you.