Category Archives: Venture Captal and Angel Investing

Partially Participating Preferred: An Alternative to Participation Caps

In an earlier blog (Capping Preferred Participation: A Compromised Compromise) I argued that the usual middle ground between entrepreneur-friendly “non-participating” preferred stock and investor-friendly “participating” preferred stock – capping participation at some multiple of an investor’s base preference – is … Continue reading

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Choosing Counsel for your Startup

Ok, being a lawyer in the high impact entrepreneur space myself, writing this blog (well, posting it) is a bit awkward. But having seen – not only as a lawyer but also as a serial venture-backed entrepreneur myself, as well … Continue reading

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Respect the Stick

The hockey stick, that is. High impact entrepreneurs know – or learn pretty fast – that most angel and even most venture funds outside of the major venture centers take a perverse satisfaction in telling entrepreneurs that they are being … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Why Good Venture Investors Turn Down Good Deals

If you know anything about venture capital investing, you probably know that most plans that come across the desks of venture capitalists (and angels, for that matter) are not fundable.  That is, they are of so little merit that no … Continue reading

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Understanding the Limits of Convertible Debt Seed Financing Structures

While Convertible Debt with a “kicker” of some sort (typically either in the form of warrants or a discount on the conversion price) was first used primarily as a structure for bridging companies between rounds of traditional venture capital financing, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Convertible Debt Valuation Caps

Convertible debt with an equity kicker – typically either in the form of warrant coverage or a discount on the conversion rice – is a common vehicle for seed stage financings.  As people on both sides of these deals have … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurs with (Bad) Attitudes

Many high impact entrepreneurs have outsized personalities.  They combine a big ego with incredible creativity, drive and energy.  Pretty much all of them that I have known have had at least one serious personality … quirk.  That said, there are … Continue reading

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