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VDR Ch.16: Legal Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know
November 22, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss wage claims, entity types, accredited v. non-accredited investors, 83(b) elections, and 409A valuations. Read More

Three Things with Shaz Amin
November 14, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron interview Shaz Amin, the founder of Blue Track Media and Plugged Inc., about his three things. They discuss the mental toll it takes and the loneliness that comes with being an entrepreneur, the importance of having a technical co-founder, developing a vision beyond making money, and the value of mentorship. Read More

VDR Ch. 15: Why Do Term Sheets Even Exist?
November 10, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss what the term sheet negotiation process establishes, as well as transaction costs and reputation constraints.  Read More

VDR Ch. 14, Part 2: Letters of Intent
November 1, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss when to ask for a breakup fee, conditions precedent, and extended no-shop periods.  Read More

VDR Ch. 14, Part 1: Letters of Intent—The Other Term Sheet
October 27, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, we discuss the difference between an asset deal and stock deal, forms of consideration, earnouts, and representations & warranties. Read More

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

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