Consumer-to-Business (C2B)

Consumer-to-Business (C2B) is a business model where consumer input dictates the terms of the deal they receive from a business. This can come in the form of consumers giving feedback on a product or bidding for their desired price.


Cold Introduction

A Cold Introduction is a self-made introduction. While less optimal than a warm introduction, anyone seeking to raise venture capital will have to master the art of the cold introduction.


CIIAA

A Confidential Information and Inventions Assignment Agreement (CIIAA) is a legal document used to assign all intellectual property (IP) and other proprietary rights created by an employee during the course of their employment to the employer. CIIAAs typically also contain non-disclosure, […]


Cryptocurrency

A digital currency built on the blockchain framework that provides a decentralized and transparent ledger of all transactions of the currency. Bitcoin and Ether are examples of cryptocurrencies.


Catch-Up

A Catch-Up is the distribution of funds to the managers of an investment entity to “catch-up” on an agreed upon return structure with the fund’s investors. A typical catch-up may be 20% after the investors have been returned 100% of […]


Charter

Charter is a blanket term that describes a corporation’s primary governing document. In Delaware this document is the “Certificate of Incorporation,” in Texas it’s the “Certificate of Formation,” and in California it’s known as the “Articles of Incorporation.”


Cross-Fund Investment

A Cross-Fund Investment is when a venture capital firm operates more than one fund and more than one fund invests in the same company.


Control

Control terms are terms that allow a VC to exert positive or veto control in a deal.


Commitment Period

A Commitment Period is the length of time a VC fund has to find and invest in new companies, usually five years.


Cockroach

A Cockroach is a startup that builds slowly and spends carefully, minimizing risk so that it can survive doomsday scenarios and live to fight another day. A Cockroach isn’t as attractive as a Unicorn, but it is more likely to […]