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.
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.
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.
A walkthrough of an Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation (also called the Amended and Restated Charter) used in a venture capital transaction, with a focus on the sections governing preferred stock.
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.
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.
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.
Once the financial terms of a venture deal are set, the lawyers need to work out exactly how much each investor is investing and how many shares they’ll be issued. This course explains the calculations involved.