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The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2014

In this issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q2 2014 - Trends in High Pre-money Valuation Financings - Price and Preference - Excerpt from Trends in High Pre-money Valuation...more

Equity capital markets: the pull of the IPO

Set against a favorable backdrop of low interest rates, reduced volatility and increased risk tolerance among investors, 2014 started well for IPOs around the world. Activity in the largest markets returned to levels not seen...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley....more

David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog with @HSUTubeEsq [Video]

Today, my special guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start...more

Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources,...more

Seed Capital Review: Fall 2013 Survey Of Angel Financings

Welcome to the first installment of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray plant mooty. this is our first periodic report analyzing seed capital being raised by companies in...more

HALOS in the Making: Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506(c) of...more

The Friends & Family Dilemma: Should Your Start-Up Call On Them for Financing?

It is tempting. It is difficult to raise funds from angels and VCs, especially when most of what you have is just an idea. I get it. Friends and family are right there, they have known you for a long time, your whole life....more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s experience confirms reports that the market remains positive overall, with up rounds comprising more than three-quarters of all venture deals in Q1 2014, the highest proportion in several...more

Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product....more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Fourth Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

The Uncertain Status of Demo Days and Pitch Days Requires Special Care

We've all heard the statistics, that the private market for fundraising is larger than the public market, and that angel investors in the private market are responsible for nearly all seed and early-stage deals. In 2012, for...more

Raising VC Money in the US

Ambitious Chinese start-ups in need of funding are advised to look to the US, where venture capital firms are increasingly willing to make investments. China is increasingly a centre of innovation, driven by...more

The Entrepreneurs Report Q3 2013

As widely reported, the aggregate dollar volume of venture financings held fairly steady from Q2 2013 to Q3 2013 (see, e.g., Venture Capital Valuation and Trends from PitchBook, Q4 2013). An analysis of transactions in which...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in...more

Crowdfunding And JOBS Act News Roundup – October 1, 2013

This article talks about how someone “raised $250K in 53 minutes . . . But the server for my site crashed and was exceptionally slow for about 20 minutes … I have no doubt that, for a growth round … I could raise a couple...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part I: Choosing Your Investors

As a startup founder, you have burned through a lot of your own savings (and maxed out the proverbial credit cards), but thankfully you have an MVP (minimal viable product) or better, and now are ready to raise your first...more

The Shift to Angel Investors – Interview with Jeremy Glaser, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses the shift to angel investors in initial financing rounds as venture capital funds move towards later-stage funding. ...more

Start-Up Studios – Another Path For Entrepreneurs

One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing corporate law is the opportunity to represent a business from start-up to successful liquidity event. While a business will face challenges throughout this life-cycle, some of...more

The Transformation of the VC Business Model – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, describes the proactive approach VCs are taking in making investments....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Second Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2013....more

New Tax Credit Program To Boost Technology Investment In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania recently enacted the “Innovate in PA Tax Credit” program, which incentivizes early-stage venture capital investment in technology companies by selling deferred tax credits to insurance companies. ...more

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