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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Is Your Startup Prepared for the GDPR? - During last month’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partners Dr. Martin Braun and Dave Gammell discussed data privacy...more

Seed Investment Structures for Startups: the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity)

Convertible notes are popular financing instruments for structuring seed-stage investments because they offer a simple, cost effective means of documenting seed capital investments. The “Simple Agreement for Future Equity”...more

Preparing for Your First Pitch to Investors

by WilmerHale on

Our recent QuickLaunch University webinar on seed fundraising addressed the issue of preparation and what information a team should have at the ready before meeting with seed investors. Jere Doyle, Managing Director of Sigma...more

Building Your Founding Team—Is There a Magic Number?

by WilmerHale on

During our recent webinar on seed fundraising, questions were raised on the ideal size of a company’s founding team and if there was a magic number that may be more attractive to investors. Jere Doyle, Managing Director of...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - H1 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for 1H 2017 - Strong median pre-money valuations for all rounds of financing ushered in nearly unprecedented median amounts raised in 1H 2017, particularly for Series C and later...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July, 2017 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How to Successfully Go About Acquiring Another Startup - Sometimes your startup can achieve goals quicker through an acquisition. ...more

Two Volcker Rule Updates: Foreign Excluded Funds and Seed Investments

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent developments involving the Volcker Rule have significant implications for financial regulation in both the US and internationally. Update 1: Temporary Relief for Certain Foreign Funds - On July 21, 2017, the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How to Bypass Bureaucracy When Scaling Your Startup - Keeping that startup-feel alive beyond the growth stage can be difficult. ...more

Why SAFEs Can be Confusing

by WilmerHale on

Entrepreneurs often raise capital with a combination of convertible notes and an agreement called a SAFE, or Simple Agreement for Future Equity. A SAFE seems like a no-nonsense DIY solution for early-stage companies—but...more

CFPB Takes In-Depth Look at Small Business Lending

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began gathering information regarding small business financing needs in an effort to encourage small businesses—especially ones owned by minorities and women. ...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

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