Venture Financing

Categories covered in this topic:
Closings for Venture Finance
Documents in Venture Financing
Venture Deals
Venture Math


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    Startup Funding Stages

    A company goes through several funding stages as it moves from formation to exit. This course takes a look at each of them and their impact on a company and its founders.

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    Advice on Raising Venture Capital

    Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson of Foundry Group on the issues founders should consider when raising venture capital for the first time, including when to raise money, picking the right venture partner and how to think about the economic and control rights at stake.

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    Venture Capital Firms

    This course describes how VC firms are structured, who works at them and how they make investment decisions.

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    Convertible Debt Financings

    Convertible debt financings are a common alternative to priced equity rounds. This course explains convertible debt financings and their most common form, convertible notes. It also describes alternatives to notes, such as SAFEs and KISSes.

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    Venture Capital Term Sheets

    A discussion of the perspective of companies and investors on the main economic and control rights negotiated in a venture financing term sheet. Includes liquidation preference, anti-dilution provisions, board rights and employment matters.

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    Ancillary Documents

    Venture financing deals include several ancillary documents, in addition to the principal deal documents, that cover important legal and business issues. This course describes the ones most commonly used.

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    Due Diligence for Venture Deals

    A summary of the business and legal due diligence that parties conduct in a venture financing deal. Includes what to look for when reviewing key areas such as corporate governance and intellectual property, as well as an explanation of a cap table tie-out.

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    Cap Tables and Pro Forma Cap Tables

    Cap tables and pro forma cap tables are used before, during and after a deal. This course uses Excel examples to explain their structure, content and uses.

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    Price Per Share Calculations

    After the main financial terms of a venture deal are agreed, it’s usually up to the lawyers to work out the actual price per share. This course explains how these calculations work, and suggests a couple of useful Excel tips.