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VDR Ch. 13: Issues at Different Financing Stages
October 16, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss runaway valuations, party rounds, and board control.  Read More

VDR Ch. 12: Raising Money the Right Way
October 12, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss what your venture attorney’s role is – and isn’t – in raising money, expectations for your friends and family round, and best practices when emailing potential investors. Read More

VDR Ch. 11: Negotiation Tactics
October 2, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss the role of your lawyer in a term sheet negotiation, when and how to walk away from a deal, and the best ways to prepare for a negotiation. Read More

VDR Ch. 10: How Venture Capital Funds Work
September 28, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss typical management fees and carried interest structures, clawback provisions, the difference between capital calls and blind pools, and the difference between corporate VC arms and strategic investors.  Read More

Hosting a Board Meeting? Here’s how to do it well.
September 27, 2017  |  By Kevin Vela

Board meetings are essential to running a startup. While formal meetings are often neglected during the early stages of a startup, they quickly become a required quarterly event once a startup accepts institutional capital. Hosting the company’s first board meeting … Read More

VDR Ch. 9: Crowdfunding
September 20, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss product, charity, and equity crowdfunding, company types that best fit crowdfunding, the importance of being familiar with securities regulations and exemptions, and the future of crowdfunding. Read More

VDR Ch. 8: Convertible Debt
September 11, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of using convertible debt from both an investor and company perspective, the three different scenarios that will cause a conversion, and when you should and shouldn’t use KISS or SAFE agreements.  Read More

VDR Ch. 7: The Cap Table
September 5, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss best uses of cap tables, online cap table management platforms, and how VCs and companies each approach calculating price per share. Read More

VDR Ch. 6, Part 2: ROFR, No-Shop & D&O Insurance
August 28, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss restriction on sales, assigning confidential information to the company, tag along rights, no-shop agreements, and indemnification clauses.  Read More

New Jersey DFS Update
August 25, 2017  |  By Kevin Vela

New Jersey became the 16th state to enact fantasy sports legislation when Governor Chris Christie approved bill A3532 on Thursday. The law contains standard tax and regulatory provisions. The 10.5% tax on gross revenue will generate huge profits for the … Read More

VDR Ch. 6, Part 1: All the Rights
August 21, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss the difference between compounding and non-compounding dividends, why VCs ask for redemption rights, when conditions precedent matter, what’s included in information rights, and suggested thresholds for registration rights and ROFO. Read More

Maine is Latest State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports
August 16, 2017  |  By Kevin Vela

Maine On August 2nd, Maine joined four other states to become the fifth this year to legalize daily fantasy sports. Fifteen states currently have DFS laws on the books that allow for legal play. Maine’s victory was narrowly won—Governor Paul … Read More

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