Archives / July, 2011

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

We are now getting into the juicy stuff – economics of the deal. When discussing the economics of a VC deal, one often hears the question “What is the valuation?” 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,…

Raouf: Should You Care About Your VC’s Investors?

Firas Raouf from OpenView Partners has today’s VC Post of the day up titled Should You Care About Your VC’s Investors? In it he covers some fundamentals about how VC funds are structured and then lists three things that the nature of the LPs of a VC firm will tell you about that firm. VC firm…

Levine: Beware of ASSHOLE VCs

I love a good rant, especially when it’s from one of my partners. Today, Seth Levine has the VC Post of the Day titled Beware of ASSHOLE VCs. He talks in detail about his frustration with an experience he’s just had with a company he invested in unrelated to Foundry Group. He reminds us all to…

Venture Deals: Chapter 3: Overview of the Term Sheet

Chapter 3 of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is a transitional one that sets up the next few chapters on Term Sheets. At the end of 2005, we participated in a financing that was much more difficult than it needed to be. All of the participants were to blame, and…

Venture Deals: Chapter 2: How To Raise Money

In Chapter 2 of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, we cover the basics of the VC fundraising drill.  Your goal when you are raising a round of financing should be to get several term sheets. While we have plenty of suggestions, there is no single way to do this, as…

Go: Some Thoughts on Communicating With Your Investors

Rob Go from NextView Ventures has today’s VC Post of the day titled  Some Thoughts on Communicating With Your Investors. It contains some great advice for communicating with your seed investors (both VCs and angels), for building both commitment from your early VC seed investors, and creating a cadence that is effective. Fred Wilson of Union…

Venture Deals: Chapter 1: The Players

On day two of our romp through the table of contents of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist, we cover the various players involved. While it might seem like there are only two players in the financing dance—the entrepreneur and the venture capitalist—there are often others, including angel investors, lawyers, and mentors….

Series A Warrants Based On Milestones Versus A Deal With Two Closes

Question: In a Series A, the investor is proposing a preferred stock with warrants. The warrants relate to the accomplishment of milestones, are optional, and are priced at 50% above the initial price. Is there an advantage to this versus structuring a two close deal. How do we make the second investment mandatory, more like…

Why We Wrote Venture Deals

Every day for the next two weeks we’ll give you a small taste of our new book Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by giving you the overview of each chapter along with the titles of each subsection. Of course, our goal with this is to be good book salesmen and encourage…

Ehrenberg: Financing your start-up

Roger Ehrenberg from IA Ventures has today’s VC post of the day titled Financing your start-up. He covers some very relevant ground talking about what he thinks are the key variables an entrepreneur should consider with regard to her financing strategy: (1) Founder objectives and mind-set; (2) Business potential; (3) and Interpersonal dynamics. As with many things…