Tag Archives: Venture Capital

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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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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The Good Angel Investor (Part 1): Doing the Deal

At a time when lean startups often require considerably less than $1 million dollars to develop the proverbial minimum viable product and even validate the same with some customers, angel investors are playing an increasingly important role in startup financings.  … Continue reading

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Maybe It Can Happen Here

Having been around the high impact startup and venture capital business for almost 30 years, on both coasts and now here in Wisconsin, I’ve developed a pretty good set of rules of thumb.  One of them is that while all … Continue reading

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Capping Preferred Participation: A Compromised Compromise?

One of the more material, contentious and potentially confusing issues in negotiating venture capital term sheets is the structure of the so-called liquidation preference.  Perhaps better thought of as the “exit preference” this is the term that spells out how … Continue reading

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