Archives / December, 2006

Fred Wilson’s Predictions for 2007

A regular feature of AsktheVC will be to highlight great posts by other VCs that we think are relevant for all entrepreneurs.  We subscribe to and read (ok – at least skim) as many of the VC bloggers as we can find.  It’s fitting that one of the first VC blogger – Fred Wilson of…

Learning Your Way Around AsktheVC

Our goal is to have AsktheVC ultimately be a broader information source for entrepreneurs than just “Brad and Jason’s thoughts.”  To that end, we’ve started with a few additional things on the site worth noting and will be adding others on a regular basis.  If you are only getting this via an RSS feed, take…

What are Some Good VC Media Sources?

Question: Could you recommend some of the more respected VC and private equity publications (ie., industry-specific magazines, newsletters, journals)? Are there any trade media or trade associations who I should be aware of? I like to be well-informed. Our Take: Let’s divide up into daily emails, paper publications and associations. Daily emails: Dan Primack from…

What on Earth is 280G? What is a Parachute Payment?

What on earth is 280G? What is a parachute payment? Question: My lawyer mumbled something about 280G and parachute payments. I thought this was only for big public companies and acquisitions? How does this affect VCs? Our Take: Jason spent some time this year co-authoring an article on this with Ed Zimmerman and Brian Silkovitz…

What is a Typical Capital Structure Like?

(We got two questions that were similar) Question 1: Is it normal to have the founders to have Class A shares, angel investors to have Class B shares, and a Class C pool for employee options. Liquidation preferences have classes B and C funding concurrently, with class A funding last? Question 2: Is there any…

What do VC Titles Mean?

What Do VC Titles Mean? Question: What is a “venture partner” and how do they compare to a “Partner” and / or “Managing Director?” And what exactly is a “Principal?” How are each compensated? Our Take: Titles have widely varied meanings in the VC world. Unlike most other professions, there aren’t hard “rules” about what…