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Seed Financing

Convertible Debt Instruments for Startup Financing

Most start-ups initially fuel the idea behind the business with capital raised from friends and family. This “seed round” financing is often only enough to prove the concept of the business, but perhaps not enough cash to...more

The Entrepreneurs Report: Private Company Financing Trends

Venture financing data shows that 2016 was an exceptionally strong year for early-stage valuations and amounts raised. Median pre-money valuations for 2016 Series A and Seed financings exceeded those of each of the past five...more

The State of Venture Capital in 2017

by McCarter & English, LLP on

After three years of strong growth, venture capital financing activity slowed noticeably in 2016. According to data published by Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association, companies raised $69.1 Billion in 2016...more

Securing Your Series A Round in 2017: Five Things to Do Now

by WilmerHale on

A total of $11 billion was invested across 1,222 Series A investments in the United States in 2016, according to CB Insights. The last quarter of 2016 saw the lowest number of Series A deals since Q1 of 2011, and even though...more

KISSing SAFEly or SAFEly KISSing: The New Financing Instruments for Startups

by Jackson Walker on

As the startup community continues to expand around the country, there is an ever-growing need to understand different ways that a company can structure early stage financing so that it can be equipped to discuss with its...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2016

The third quarter of 2016 featured the reversal of several trends seen earlier in the year, most notably in pre-money valuations, which increased substantially for all rounds. The gain in pre-money valuations also drove a...more

Why Congress Should Act Quickly To Reauthorize SBIR, STTR

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Despite bipartisan efforts, the future is uncertain for the by all accounts highly successful Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Authorization for the current...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2016

Dual-Class Stock: A Founder Favorite Faces Growing Investor Disapproval - Earlier this year, the investment firm T. Rowe Price adopted new voting policies that penalize companies with dual-class stock structures. They...more

An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

3D Printing Quarterly Report - Q2 2016

by Benesch on

3D printer shipments in U.S. jump 20% in 2015: IDC - International Data Corp (IDC) research found 3D printer shipments in the U.S. grew by almost 20% in 2015 compared to 2014. Looking ahead, 3D printer shipments in the...more

Start Up India: Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs

by Dentons on

On 16 January this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the “Start-up India Action Plan” (“Action Plan”). The Action Plan is the latest in Modi’s moves to revive the Indian economy and generate employment, and follows...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The SEC could change the requirements for investing in startups, and that’s not good - With its new equity crowdfunding rules soon to take effect, the...more

The State of the City (the Greater NYC Metro Region) in Angel and Venture Financing

by McCarter & English, LLP on

It turns out that all of the boasting about the Greater NYC metro region rapidly becoming that heretofore elusive “Silicon Alley” is an emerging reality. Our area scored a record year in 2015 for venture capital and angel...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part III

by WilmerHale on

In this final installment of our series on seed instruments, we explore the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC) introduced a new seed-stage investing tool, safe—an acronym for...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

by WilmerHale on

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part II

by WilmerHale on

In this second post of our three-part blog series on the different types of seed instruments we will explore Series Seed. Series Seed documents were introduced by startup lawyer Ted Wang and venture capital firm...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part I

by WilmerHale on

Starting a company has never been easier. Technology solutions for payroll, accounting, cloud computing and payment systems have made it much cheaper to take care of the back end. ...more

Evolution Of The Entrepreneur-VC Relationship

by WilmerHale on

Buzzwords from the last few months of 2015 included unicorpse, bubble and contracting market, juxtaposed with new and bigger funds being raised, more money being invested, more unicorns being born and the number of...more

Mintz TechConnect - October 2015

by Mintz Levin on

Letter from the Editors - We are thrilled to provide you with the first issue of Mintz Levin’s TechConnect, a bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of...more

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings: First Quarter 2015

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England decreased modestly in the first quarter of 2015 (-12%) with Seed and B/ Later round activity each decreasing by roughly 20% over Q4 2014. Despite this overall...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – August 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Halftime 2015: On Pace to Match 2014? Venture capital activity for 2014 was a hard act to follow. But 2015 has not disappointed so far, with fundraising and investment continuing at an historic pace. A total of $20...more

Venture Perspectives: Fourth Quarter 2014

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England increased modestly in the fourth quarter of 2014, with Seed and B/Later round activity increasing by 40% and 26%, respectively, over Q3 2014. For the second...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #4

by Goodwin on

Regulatory Developments: SEC Approves New Debt Research Rule and Amended Equity Research Rule - On July 16, the SEC approved FINRA Rule 2241, which modifies and clarifies existing rules related to research analysts,...more

Volcker Rule: Federal Agencies Issue New Guidance Regarding the Seeding Period Treatment for Registered Investment Companies...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Under guidance issued on July 16, 2015 by the federal agencies responsible for implementing the Volcker Rule (the “Agencies”) RICs and FPFs need not be treated as banking entities during a seeding period of up to three...more

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