Facebook's Pay-to-Play: 3 Key Takeaways for Your Business

Inc Startups

Facebook has made it clear that to reach anyone who has "liked" you on its platform, you''ll have to pay for Facebook ads. Organic reach" of content from brands and small businesses has fallen to less than 2 percent of all fans.

How The SEC Is Violating My Wife’s First Amendment Rights

Feld Thoughts

Over the past 24 months, a deplorable activity in the money management business came to light. It got the name “pay to play&# , but was just another form of bribery. However, for some reason, the definition of this expanded to include any campaign contributions to any state or local officials, regardless of the size. It is now even more important to have a firm-wide policy against political contributions to these officials / candidates.

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Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Pay-to-Play

VC Ready Blog

These posts refer to the model Series A Term Sheet put out by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and available for download here. * * * * * * * * * *. A Pay-to-Play is clearly company-favorable because it penalizes investors who do not pony-up when the company needs more funding, but it also has positive consequences for those investors who do invest in future rounds because it prevents other investors from free-riding.

The State and Municipal Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Regulation of Pension Fund Management Participants

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Original Title: The State and Municipal Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Regulation of Pension Fund Management Participants - A Growing Trend? More recently, this trend has included the very specific application of lobbying laws and pay-to-play laws to investment managers.?

New York Advisors Subject to Pay-To-Play Rules

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In November 2009, new "pay-to-play" rules went into effect regarding political contributions by investment advisers who provide investment services to or accept investments from the New York State Common Retirement Fund (the "CRF"). to a candidate for New York State Comptroller may be disqualified for two years from accepting investments from or contracting to provide investment services to the CRF.

The State and Municipal Lobbying and Pay-to-Play Regulation of Pension Fund Management Participants

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Over the last several years, there has been a trend toward the enactment of general pay-to-play laws and tighter lobbying, campaign finance and ethics laws by many states and localities.ÿ More recently, this trend has included the very specific application of lobbying laws and pay-to-play laws to investment managers.ÿ

$2.5bn market size estimated for virtual goods in the US by 2013.

Lightspeed

Home About Lightspeed Team jump to navigation $2.5bn market size estimated for virtual goods in the US by 2013 August 30, 2009 Posted by jeremyliew in virtual goods. Like Be the first to like this post. to draw in lots of developers.

Venture Deals: Chapter 4: Economic Terms of the Term Sheet

Ask The VC

While the valuation of a company, determined by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the price per share, is one component of the deal, it’s a mistake to focus only on the valuation when considering the economics of a deal. In this chapter we discuss all of the terms that make up the economics of the deal, including price, liquidation preference, pay-to-play, vesting, the employee pool, and antidilution.

8 Reasons Why Startups Should Focus on Digital Strategies in 2017

Brandanew

Using a digital plan to support digital transformation and lead it towards your objectives is the first step to take. Here’s a rundown on what you can do to rise and shine online as a brand, and more importantly, why you do NEED a plan… Not sure where to begin?

Convertible Debt – Early Versus Late Stage Dynamics

Ask The VC

Traditionally, convertible debt was issued by mid to late stage startups that needed a financing to get them to a place where they believed they could raise more money. The terms were basically the same unless the company was fairing poorly and there was doubt about the ability to raise new capital and / or the bridge was to get the company to an acquisition or even orderly shutdown. Some of these bridge loans also contained terms like pay to play.

A Year of Reckoning for Angels and Seed Funds

A Crowded Space

All of these entities have been buying small pieces of preferred shares with $100K - $1M checks and have been doing phenomenally well when there was tons of Series A and Series B money to go around. The majority of the seed companies they funded went on to raise later rounds at often big markups. But, this year we’ve seen the greed of the last several years switch to fear. Given the fear by many investors, it’s getting harder for companies to raise more capital.

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Index

VC Ready Blog

7. Pay-to-Play. 12. Right to Maintain Proportionate Ownership (a/k/a Preemptive Rights). 1. Overview. 2. Nature of a Term Sheet and Summary of Offering Terms. 3. Dividends. 4. Liquidation Preference. 5. Voting Rights and Protective Provisions. 6. Conversion and Anti-dilution. 8. Redemption Rights. 9. Stock Purchase Agreement. 10. Registration Rights. 11. Management Rights and Investor Director Approval.

N Carolina lawmaker expertise means conflict judgment calls

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — North Carolina legislators overhauled and toughened their ethics laws in 2006 during a pay-to-play campaign corruption probe that ultimately sent Democratic House Speaker Jim Black to prison RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)

The Silliness Of Recapping Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

Assuming equity is raised at or above that cap, the total dilution, before the new money, is 16.6% (equivalent to an equity financing of $1m at a $6m post money valuation. They go out to raise a Series A, but there are no takers. One of their angel investors, who happens to be a VC firm, decides to invest another $500,000 in the company. The new money comes in at a pre-money valuation of $100, but includes a complete refresh of founder equity to 40% of the company.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. It needs to be a conversation. How will you be taking this to market?

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

SoCal CTO

Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions. It needs to be a conversation. How will you be taking this to market?

The risks of being a small investor in a private company

Chris Dixon

With the passage of the JOBS act , it seems that many more Americans will soon be able to buy equity in private companies. I am no expert on the law, but I have been investing in private companies for about a decade, and during that time I’ve seen many cases where large investors used financial engineering to artificially reduce the value of smaller investors’ equity. 2) Issuing of massive option grant to management along with new financing at a below-market valuation.

The macro view and the micro view

The Equity Kicker

The free-to-play model is far more effective for monetization than a pay-to-play model. My friends love Airbnb because they get to stay in cheaper and more unique places than what traditional hotels offer.

Q2 2011 Non-Silicon Valley Deal Terms

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Fenwick & West LLP , a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence, recently put out their Q2 2011 Bay Area Venture Deal Terms report. is still the more popular choice as compared to Full Ratchet.

How to monetize

Start Up Blog

I’ve never been a fan of the so called ‘Free’ business mode l, and often a bigger fan of the so called ‘pay to play’ business model. While catching up with Mick Liubinskas of Pollenizer fame I heard a much better way to describe what all business models on the web should do. It just reminds us that all startups must build something of value and then find a way to capture that value.

Small Business and Startups: Net Neutrality? Done! (For Now)

crowdSPRING Blog

voted to place Internet Service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which means it will be governed as a public utility in the same way that telephone service is currently regulated. What a difference two weeks makes! This past Thursday, the F.C.C.

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Motivating Existing Investors

ithacaVC

When a company has a bunch of investors (like the above hypo), it is important to understand that it is likely that not all of them will want to invest in future rounds (and this is particularly true with a mix of institutional and individual investors). Even is the Series B is an “up” round (simply meaning that the per share price of the Series B is higher than that of the Series A), some investors might not want to participate.

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

Feld Thoughts

One of my favorite lines in buried in the middle: “I’ve heard enough companies say “we simply can’t cut costs or it will hurt the long-term potential of the business” to get a wry smile. ” Many companies have hired ahead of their growth rate because they had the cash to do so. “If you need to clean up your own cap table first – while very hard to do – it will make outside funding easier” Again, go read the post now – I’ll wait.

How to Use Social Media to Find the Perfect Employee for Your Business

Up and Running

At Bond Street , we’re experts in term loans , but we cover just about everything related to small business, including how to hire the perfect employees for your new company. For small business owners, committing to a new employee’s salary is daunting.

The 3 Facebook Changes in 2016 SMBs Need to Know

Duct Tape Marketing

The 3 Facebook Changes in 2016 SMBs Need to Know written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Last year, advertisers only had the option to deliver ads on other mobile apps. This is likely to entice other kinds of businesses to test it out for other campaigns.

SEC Adopts Final Rules Regarding Investment Adviser Registration

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

On June 22, 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") adopted final rules which implement certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act").

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Entrepreneurs and VCs: Turning the Tables

Inc Startups

Is it a bubble, or is it just a darn good time to be seeking venture financing? An ‘up’ round (as opposed to a ‘down’ round) signifies that the company is worth more this time around than it was during its previous investment round.

Latest Deal Terms for CardioDX, Inc. and Intrapace, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Another factor, such as where the company is located seems to have an influence on the deal terms used as well. Pay-to-Play Provisions No. Pay-to-Play Provisions No. Interested in getting access to data on CardioDX, Inc.

Latest Deal Terms for gloStream, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Justin Byers, Lead Business Intelligence Analyst If you've been to the doctor lately, chances are that he or she entered the room with a laptop or some other tablet computer. More and more medical providers are moving to the electronic entry and storage of records.

Latest Deal Terms for Ice Energy, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Justin Byers, Lead Business Intelligence Analyst Companies involved in providing smart grid solutions continue to get the attention from investors. earlier this week announced the closing of a Series C funding, and we are going to take a look at this latest round.

Latest Deal Terms for Bitly, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

There are several ways to do this, and this week we are going to take a look at the recent financing for Bitly, Inc., The company provides a platform that allows users to shorten, share, and track URLs. Liquidation Preference: Senior (to other Series Preferred & Common).

Latest Deal Terms for Oodle, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This week we are going to take a look at the latest round of financing for Oodle, Inc., a company that provides such a service to consumers. Pay-to-Play Provisions: Conversion to Common & Loss of Anti-Dilution.

Latest Deal Terms for DesignMedix, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This week we are going to take a look at the latest round for DesignMedix, Inc., a company that is developing drugs to address the large medical need caused by the rapid rise in drug resistance in multiple diseases. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No.

Latest Deal Terms for Smart Balloon, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

There is a newer company that is taking a slightly different approach to social games, and this week we are going to take a look at the latest round of financing for Smart Balloon, Inc. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No.

Entrepreneurs Dislike Signaling; VCs Dislike Free Riders

Feld Thoughts

There were a bunch of good comments that caused me to realize that I wrote the post from the perspective of a VC, not an entrepreneur. Early stage VCs are often expected to play at least pro-rata in following rounds. But, when companies go sideways or struggle, the early investors are often expected, by their co-investors – to continue to participate pro-rata until the company either succeeds or fails. But to hand wave over the issue is illogical.

Latest Deal Terms for Myine Electronics

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This week we are going to take a look at this company's most recent round of financing that was raised a little earlier in the summer. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No. Interested in getting access to data on Myine's previous venture financing rounds?

Latest Deal Terms for Gilt Groupe, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This week we are going to take a look at the latest round for Gilt Groupe, Inc., a company that provides access to fashion and luxury brands at sample prices. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No.

Latest Deal Terms for Project Slice

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

This week we are going to take a look at the Series A round that was recently raised by Project Slice, Inc. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No. Interested in getting access to data on Project Slice's previous venture financing rounds?

Latest Deal Terms for Unisfair, Inc.

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Justin Byers, Business Intelligence Analyst This week we are going to take a look at an online marketing company that provides the utilities and services needed for bringing the masses together at one virtual location. Pay-to-Play Provisions: No.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 25: Nigel and Vaughn Caldon and Kerry Frank

Steve Blank

Getting people to buy in to your startup vision takes a thick skin, perseverance and willingness to learn. Entrepreneurs refuse to take no for an answer. It follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. Listen to the full interviews with Nigel and Vaughn and with Kerry by downloading them from SoundCloud here and here.

Thoughts on Facebook Slingshot

Eric Friedman

( cross posted to Medium to see what happens). At it’s core, it’s a photo and video messaging tool that lets you very easily create content to share with friends. Noticeably missing from this process is an easy signup with Facebook button that would connect you to your FB graph.

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EMaaS: How Email Marketing Can Be Your Agency’s Most Profitable Service

Duct Tape Marketing

Thanks to John’s generous promotion of my content over the years, many of you probably know I’ve spent most of my career in search engine optimization. But from first-hand experience, I can tell you that neither of those is a good reason to ignore its effectiveness!

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Are Paid Content Distribution Platforms Cost Effective?

Duct Tape Marketing

In order for that content to be effective you need an audience, you need eyeballs and traffic. Social media is becoming an increasingly pay-to-play environment, especially on Facebook. Organic traffic to Pages is below 2%. Ask to be published as a guest blogger.