term sheet

The Anatomy of A Term Sheet: Participation Rights, Board of Directors, Expenses, Future Rights, Founder Matters, and Binding Terms [i]   Author: Brian Laung Aoaeh   We started discussing term sheets sometime ago. If you missed those discussions you should consider reading the previous posts titled “The Anatomy of A Term Sheet” before you read this one.   Today we will wrap up our discussion of term sheets.[ii]   Participation Rights:  This clause is negotiated […]

startup

Let’s be open. I am not going to make up my mind about investing in your startup after just one meeting. And, I definitely am not making my decision wholly based on looking at your pitch deck.   I like to do my own homework. So I think of your pitch deck as only a starting point.  After I have met you I will spend some time describing what it is I think you do […]

investor

Two weeks ago I had a meeting with an entrepreneur who has built an interesting startup. It was our first time meeting one another to discuss his startup. Before we met I had spent about 10 to 15 minutes studying the startup’s website. After doing that I sent him a list of questions that occurred to me based on other startups I had studied in the past which could be seen as pursuing a solution […]

brian

One of the things I really like about my job studying and investing in early stage startups is that I am constantly learning something new. This is true especially when I am encountering a startup for the first time, and begin to study polished and slick pitch materials on my own, listen to the entrepreneur deliver a pitch, or independently try to educate myself about the basics of the problem that the startup is trying […]

investor

Rajoshi Gosh in Chennai, India sent me this question via email; I am a startup founder in the developing world.1 How should I go about making the right connections in the developed world for:   A product that is global in nature? A product that is specific to the developing world? I will paraphrase Rajoshi’s question, and try to outline an answer to a not dissimilar question; How do I help to spread my idea?   But, […]

investors

Let’s begin with some disclaimers. I have never actually been a value investor. I have also never made individual picks of stocks traded on the public markets. I was completely oblivious of stock markets until soon after I had graduated college in 2001. Before I arrived in the United States in 1997, I would not have been able to answer the question; What is a stock? During my 4 years of college I stayed narrowly […]

VC

Over the past 6 months I have been spending more time meeting many first time founders in New York City and elsewhere. One question has arisen over and over again. What are the most important things a venture capitalist wants to know about my start up in order to invest? I will attempt to answer that question in this post.1   To set the context, I am assuming that the potential investor and the entrepreneur […]

startups

Once in a while I meet a startup that makes me scratch my head in bewilderment. At first glance everything looks fine, but I can’t help but wonder if I might be missing something. In such instances I think to myself; Is there some important detail that is not so obvious, and that is concealed such that my normal due diligence efforts might not be enough?   I am not suggesting that anything is concealed […]

investing

The horse is too small, the jockey too big, the trainer too old, and I’m too dumb to know the difference. – Charles Howard, owner of Seabiscuit addressing comments about his horse, Seabiscuit and the team of people he had assembled to train and race Seabiscuit. Red Pollard was Seabiscuit’s jockey and Tom Smith was its trainer.1   The debate about whether to “bet on the jockey” or to “bet on the horse” is as […]

brian

One of the things I really like about my job studying and investing in early stage startups is that I am constantly learning something new. This is true especially when I am encountering a startup for the first time, and begin to study polished and slick pitch materials on my own, listen to the entrepreneur deliver a pitch, or independently try to educate myself about the basics of the problem that the startup is trying […]

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