Venture Capital

Term Sheet Purgatory

There’s a lot of advice about (1) how to attract VCs, and (2) how to negotiate a venture capital term sheet. Both sets of advice tend to ignore the gap between an investor’s expression of investment interest and your startup’s receipt of the term sheet. I refer to this waiting period as “term sheet purgatory.” … Continue reading

Series A Startup CEO Salary

A startup’s Series A financing shouldn’t be a large liquidity event or salary payday for the startup’s founders. While a startup typically receives millions of dollars in a Series A, if too much of that $$$ flows guaranteed to the founders, various incentives get out of whack. Not all startup founders understand this tenet. Case … Continue reading

What is a Fully-Diluted Basis?

The concept of a fully-diluted basis is not difficult. A fully-diluted basis just means the assumption of the highest potential amount of common stock a startup will have outstanding, regardless of vesting provisions and assuming all options and other securities like convertible notes are converted into common stock. That is, assume the highest share count … Continue reading

Is a Term Sheet Binding?

A term sheet is an outline of the deal terms that helps frame the contemplated transaction for both parties. Term Sheets for financings and acquisitions are usually not binding. However, it is quite common to see various sections of the term sheet binding, including: –No Shop or Go Shop Clauses: Can a party shop the … Continue reading

What is an Option Pool?

An option pool is an amount of a startup’s common stock reserved for future issuances to employees, directors, advisors, and consultants. The option pool is created pursuant to a written plan in order to satisfy Rule 701 which provides a registration exemption from Section 5 the 1933 Securities Act. Via the written plan, a startup … Continue reading