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Special Purpose Vehicles: Making the Most of Participation Rights

USA - September 19 2019 Smaller venture capital funds face some special challenges that their larger brethren mostly don’t. One such challenge comes up when a portfolio...

Stop the Madness! Reconsidering Convertible Debt

USA - September 17 2019 A decade or so back, convertible debt (and later, its SAFE convertible equity sibling) took to the stage big-time as a vehicle for seed stage...

Why M&A Drives Venture Exits and What that Means for Startups

USA - September 10 2019 When entrepreneurs first start dreaming about exits, most of them conjure up the glamour of an IPO. Something about taking a company - your company -...

Growing Your Own (Deals) Pre-Investment Investor Value-Add Part II: From Good Idea to Good Deal

USA - September 5 2019 In Part I of this series on “growing your own deals” outside of the established venture capital hubs, the focus was on spotting diamond-in-the-rough...

Growing Your Own (Deals) Pre-Investment Investor Value-Add Part I: Qualifying the Entrepreneur

USA - September 3 2019 I’ve often argued that doing good deals outside the established venture capital hubs is often about manufacturing them more than finding them. Good...