Category Archives: Financing

What Do You Say in Your First Meeting with a Venture Capitalist?

What founders should know about that first meeting with VCs Entrepreneurs should understand certain things before going to their introductory meeting with a venture capitalist, writes Paul Maeder, chairman and founding partner of Highland Capital Partners. “Come prepared, not just with information about your company but with what you are looking for in a financing partner,” he writes. LEARN MORE

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Stanford Business School Paper – How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?

Inside the Secret World of Venture Capital The Stanford Venture Capital Initiative is quietly assembling a massive database from people who prefer to stay mum The authors develop a valuation model for venture capital-backed companies and apply it to 135 U.S. unicorns — private companies with reported valuations above $1 billion. They value unicorns using financial terms from legal filings

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NVCA Report – Record Amount of Venture Capital Investments (Q1-2018)

Investment into venture-backed companies is already on pace to experience another record-breaking year in 2018, according to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor, the authoritative quarterly report on venture capital activity in the entrepreneurial ecosystem jointly produced by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Coming off multiple years of record fundraising, just over $8 billion raised in 1Q 2018, a

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MoFo – The Short Field Guide to Initial Public Offerings (IPOs)

For many years, most successful companies followed a relatively predictable capital-raising path. A lot has changed. The companies that tend to pursue Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in recent years are more mature, better capitalized, and often seek to pursue IPOs for different reasons than did their predecessors. In this great Short Field Guide to IPOs, MoFo details the path to

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PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights – Venture Capital Funding MoneyTree Report – Q4 2017

PricewaterhouseCoopers and CB Insights’ 2017 MoneyTree report highlights the latest trends in venture capital funding globally. 2017 was the second year that saw dollar funding top $70 billion, but deals declined for the third straight year, falling 4% from 2016 and reaching the lowest annual total since 2012. Total annual global funding increased nearly 50% in 2017, as over $164

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Draper Cygnus Wins Support in Argentina – LAVCA

Congrats to LAVCA members NXTP Labs, Draper Cygnus, and Jaguar Ventures for selection by the government of Argentina’s Fondo Fiduciario para el Desarrollo de Capital Emprendedor (FONDCE) to receive US$12 million each in funding. Mariano Mayer, National Secretary for Entrepreneurs and SMEs at the Ministerio de Producción, announced the winners at the inaugural Foro Argentino de Inversores on Nov. 29

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MoFo – Rule 506(c) Verifying Investor Status

NASDAQ Private Markets and Anna Pinedo, Partner at Morrison Foerster, describes the process for verifying the status of investors when a company chooses to use general solicitation to conduct a Rule 506(c) offering. In this video blog, Anna reviews the SEC Staff’s principles-based guidelines for verification of an accredited investor and also non-exclusive methods for verification. About Morrison & Foerster

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Temasek Venture Group Vertex Raises $210 Million for Southeast Asian Deals – Bloomberg

Venture arm of Singapore’s Temasek targets Southeast Asian, Indian startups The venture capital unit of Singapore’s state investor has raised $210 million to invest in early-stage tech startups in Southeast Asia and India, focusing on consumer internet, financial technology and enterprise technology firms. This is the first time Vertex Ventures, an arm of Temasek, has allowed outside investors to participate

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