Unicorn deals – not that heavily structured

The Equity Kicker

All of the deals had a liquidation preference of 1x or more. However, few of the deals went beyond a simple 1x non-participating preference share. I always wondered if companies were accepting multiple liquidation preferences in exchange for high valuations, but that was only the case in 3% of the deals analysed. Last May law firm Fenwick and West published an analysis of the 37 US unicorn deals that happened in the twelve months ending 31st March 2015.

Startup Financing: Overview of Preferred Stock

Early Growth Financial Services

Today, we’re tackling participating versus non-participating preferred stock, a fundamental economic term in VC deals that goes to the heart of the business agreement between investors and management in connection with a sale of the company. Participating versus non-participating: what’s the difference? This post by Ian Engstrand first appeared on Founders Workbench.

Avoid Offensive Liquidation Preferences

The Startup Lawyer

In most equity financing rounds, an investor will ask for (and get) a term called a liquidation preference. A liquidation preference is the amount that must be paid to a preferred stock holder before any sale proceeds may be paid to the holders of common stock (i.e., The amount of the liquidation preference is usually expressed as a multiple, with the most common liquidation preference being “1X non-participating.” Preferred Stock

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Things like “ participating preferred stock &# in legalese unsurprisingly never actually call out, “hey, this is the participating preferred language.&# We got a3x participating liquidation preference with interest (not participating with a 3x cap, but 3x participating.

In defence of liquidation preferences

The Equity Kicker

It turns out that ‘time bomb’ is the much maligned and, I suspect, little understood, liquidation preference. To be clear, liquidation preferences are sometimes used badly and founders should generally turn away from investors who ask for multiple liquidation preferences. However, most of the later rounds or companies raise feature simple 1x liquidation preferences and we’re fine with that.

One Book Every Entrepreneur and VC Should Own

Both Sides of the Table

To this day I’m still surprised how few CEOs really understand the differences between 2x liquidation preference and a liquidation preference with a 2x cap. Or what “participating preferred&# stock is and how it can screw you.

Model Cap Table

ithacaVC

The model includes a simple waterfall analysis using both participating and non-participating preferred (see line 44 and then columns M and O). The larger the preferred stock liquidation preference the larger the impact of participating preferred. Columns I and J are important as they show the % of preferred stock ownership compared only to preferred stock outstanding.

X Does Not Always Equal X

The Startup Lawyer

The deal documents called the preferred stock “Series Seed&# shares but after opening up the documents I quickly realized the deal terms were NOT the same as those in the well-known Series Seed document set. For example, the well-known Series Seed has a 1x non-participating liquidation preference , while the version I reviewed had a 1x participating preference. Preferred Stock

Angels and VCs: Don’t be greedy even if you can.

Berkonomics

Most sophisticated investors will take either a promissory note or preferred stock, both of which come before founder or management stock in a sale or liquidation. Further, preferred stock holders can be recipient of accrued dividends in a sale or liquidation.

No Mess (Too Much Liquidation Preference)

ithacaVC

Continuing with the “No Mess” theme of commenting on things that give VCs pause, I thought it would be good to touch on liquidation preference. Specifically, “too much” liquidation preference (I will use “LP” for liquidation preference). As most of you probably know, LP is one of the fundamental economic attributes of preferred stock that preferred shareholders enjoy. Nothing better than sitting at LGA writing blog posts.

Shark Tank Season 4 episode 3 breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

These are typically called “ participating preferred ” structures, and are quite uncommon in West Coast VC deals these days, although they were once more common a couple of decades ago, and are still seen in some East Coast deals.

How to Raise a Seed Round: Three Basic Tips for Founders

Scott Edward Walker

Instead, you typically need a “warm referral” (or introduction) from someone they respect and trust — preferably a successful founder whom they have backed.

Sustainable startup growth and venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Most long term venture industry insiders prefer operating in a steady climate where companies don’t have to follow highly risky strategies just to stay competitive. I will look into redressing that balance, but my first thought is that because of current practices/trends towards non-participating preference shares and early founder/employee/angel investor liquidity this is the one front on which we’re not doing too badly.

Management Carve Out Plan – Added Thought

ithacaVC

get both the carve out amount and the equity value; I guess double dipping is only for VCs that have participating preferred stock ). In my earlier post on management carve out plans (see it here ), I gave a detailed description of what these plans are and why boards of VC-backed companies often use them.

So You Wanna be a VC?

Professor VC

I can just picture Mr. Rogers saying "Children, can you say participating preferred stock with an uncapped 3x liquidation preference and a full ratchet?" Opening Day Barron Park Elementary School (9/8/98) "Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

I took money with a 3x participating preferred liquidation preference with 8% compounded interest annually. Coupled with my participating preferred from 1999 and 2000 I had more than $55 million of liquidation preferences. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#.

Shark Tank Season 4 week 4 breakdown

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Week three’s breakdown covered topics like how hard momentum is to turn around, and how participating preferred stock works. I’ve been writing up reviews of this season’s Shark Tank pitches from a silicon valley VCs perspective.

Pari Passu or F.U.little guy

Professor VC

In investment parlance, it strictly means that new classes of stock have equal rights with prior classes in terms of liquidation preference, voting rights, etc. Their response was that we should be happy they didn''t ask for a participating preference on top of the seniority.

Get Funded/50 Questions you should ask before raising venture capital – the journey from a series of blog posts to a book

The Equity Kicker

The posts will assume very little, if any, prior knowledge and should be useful to everyone from newbies to the industry to those who have been around venture capital a fair bit and have a decent understanding, but are a bit hazy around the edges on some of the more detailed points e.g. ‘weighted average anti-dilution’ or ‘1x participating preference share’ I think the posts deliver pretty well on this objective, but our challenge now is to make them into a book.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

That means that the likely have a minimum of $15 million in liquidation preferences. It will usually be higher because the liquidation preference has a dividend so if the deal is long in the tooth assume that the liquidation preference might be $20-22 million.

4 Things That Work More Often Than Not For Mobile Landing Pages

ConversionXL

Furthermore, the same study found that an incredible 100% of participants preferred sites with sticky navigation bars, despite often not knowing why. Let’s talk about the collective pain in everyone’s marketing ass. Pretty much everyone’s mobile conversions suck. This isn’t a secret.

Ecommerce UX Mastery: Beginner to Pro in a Blog Post

ConversionXL

In addition, the same study found that 100% of participants preferred sites with sticky navigation bars, despite usually not knowing why (that’s all of the participants – crazy).

9 Things to Know About Influencing Purchasing Decisions

ConversionXL

People don’t often know why they prefer something. Most of our preferences are learned and largely formed by social norms and expectations that producers have a strong hand in shaping. Now that has become what the consumer prefers. Why people prefer unlimited plans.

Ecommerce UX Mastery: Beginner to Pro in a Blog Post

ConversionXL

In addition, the same study found that 100% of participants preferred sites with sticky navigation bars, despite usually not knowing why (that’s all of the participants – crazy).

How do the sample Series Seed financing documents differ from typical Series A financing documents?

Startup Company Lawyer

Founders Institute Plain Preferred Term Sheet (by WSGR – disclaimer, I represent the Founders Institute and was involved in drafting this document). To differentiate it from typical “Series A&# preferred stock, which comes with certain expectations with regard to rights. There is no real rule to what a particular series of preferred stock is called. Dividend preference. TheFunded released their “Plain Preferred&# term sheet in August 2009.

@altgate » Blog Archive » The 3X Liquidation Preference Is Back!

Altgate

@altgate Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between Skip to content Home Furqan Nazeeri (fn@altgate.com) ← Holiday Cards Year End Management Changes → The 3X Liquidation Preference Is Back! Let’s recap how expensive a 3x liquidation preference really is.

Two investment deals are on the table. Which do you sign?

The Startup Toolkit

Next, we check that we’re safe from any particularly onerous terms like participation preferred. You’re facing two term sheets and have boiled them down to the most relevant facts, listed below. Which do you choose? Deal 1. 1mm total. 500k now, plus commitment to help close $500k more from other angels. Roughly 33% dilution for full round ($2mm pre-money). Deal 2. 1.25mm total. 250k now, plus 2 tranches for another $1mm based on performance goals.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) – Part 1

Scott Edward Walker

ii) why are convertible notes issued instead of shares of common or preferred stock? In the context of a seed financing, the debt typically automatically converts into shares of preferred stock upon the closing of a Series A round of financing.

5 Principles of Persuasive Web Design

ConversionXL

If you’d like more people to take action, make the preferred actions ‘default’ Of course, this can be abused – like RyanAir makes buying travel insurance a default option and Vistaprint used to enroll people in their “membership” by default.

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What is an employee retention or M&A carveout plan?

Startup Company Lawyer

Due to aggregate liquidation preferences that may exceed the acquisition price in an M&A deal, common stock may be rendered worthless. For example, if a company has raised $20M in venture financings by issuing non-participating preferred stock , the holders of common stock will not receive any proceeds from an M&A transaction unless the transaction value exceeds $20M. Participation. Junior Preferred Stock.

Two investment deals are on the table. Which do you sign?

The Startup Toolkit

Next, we check that we’re safe from any particularly onerous terms like participation preferred. You’re facing two term sheets and have boiled them down to the most relevant facts, listed below. Which do you choose? Deal 1. 1mm total. 500k now, plus commitment to help close $500k more from other angels. Roughly 33% dilution for full round ($2mm pre-money). Deal 2. 1.25mm total. 250k now, plus 2 tranches for another $1mm based on performance goals.

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees

thinkspace.com

Is the preference structure for preferred shareholders at the startup you work at Standard Preferred or Participating Preferred? Call Us: +1-855-629-6200. About. Mission Statement. Locations. Our Team. Press. Community. Careers. Member Coordinator. Bookkeeper.

Startup Equity For Employees

www.payne.org

2 Stock Classes: Common and Preferred. Stock Classes: Common and Preferred. Most venture-funded startups have different classes of stock: common and various flavors of preferred. Preferred stock classes typically go to investors, and in some cases founders (usually where the founders have already invested some of their own money to build the company). By convention, preferred stock classes are lettered, increasing for each round of funding: Series A, Series B, etc.