Initial Coin Offering (ICO)

An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is the IPO of the crypotcurreny world. An ICO is a fundraising technique where a company makes a portion of their cryptocurrency available for purchase by the public.


Iterating is when a startup makes a minor change to its current business model in an attempt to capitalize on a similar or related market opportunity.

Indication of Interest (IOI)

An Indication of Interest (IOI) is a preliminary letter sent by a buyer (sometimes an investor) to indicate a basic level of interest. It’s one step past “nice to meet you,” but well short of a Letter of Intent, and […]

Investment Thesis

An Investment Thesis is the core set of investment principles for a fund. The principles set forth the industry and/or types of companies that the fund will invest in.

Information Rights

Information Rights are investors’ agreed upon rights to receive certain financial records and other information from the company. Some rights will provide timelines for the company to provide certain financial reports and statements to the investor. Most information rights also […]

Initial Public Offering (IPO)

An Initial Public Offering (IPO) is the first sale of a company’s stock on a public stock exchange. The company must comply with stringent SEC requirements to be eligible to be a publicly traded company. And, in most instances, a […]

In-Kind Distribution

An In-Kind Distribution is a distribution to investors made in the form of securities or other property when a company is unable or unwilling to distribute cash.

Inside Round

An Inside Round is a round of financing where money is raised only from investors from previous rounds.


Insolvency is when a company cannot afford to pay its debts. If insolvency lasts for an extended period, creditors may bring an action to liquidate some of the company’s assets to repay the creditor, or alternatively, initiate a bankruptcy proceeding […]

Institutional Investor

An Institutional Investor is an entity with large amounts of resources that invests significant amounts of money on behalf of individuals and companies. Institutional investors are typically investment companies, mutual funds, brokerages, and insurance companies.