Nano VC

A Nano VC is a venture fund with less than $100M in funds.


A Narwhal is a Unicorn based in Canada.

Non-Qualified Stock Option (NQSO or NSO)

A Non-Qualified Stock Option (NQSO or NSO) is a stock option that does not qualify for treatment as an incentive stock option under the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, when the option is exercised, the holder will pay ordinary income tax […]

National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is a venture trade association that pools resources and fosters innovation.

Non-Accredited Investor

A Non-Accredited Investor is an investor who fails Rule 501 of Regulation D of the SEC’s accredited investor test. In other words, the investor has less than a million dollars in net worth a receives less than $200,000 a year […]


Non-Participating, in regard to preferred stock, is preferred stock that only receives liquidation disbursements equal to its liquidation preference and does not receive additional liquidation disbursements in equal proportion to its ownership percentage.

Non-Voting Stock

Non-Voting Stock is stock without voting rights. Issuing non-voting stock allows the company to raise capital without giving up decision making power or control to new investors.

Narrow-Based Weighted Average

The Narrow-Based Weighted Average is an anti-dilution protection for equity holders. If equity is sold at a lower price than the price an investor paid previously, the price the investor previously paid is discounted. The price the investor originally paid […]

Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement, is a contract in which a party agrees to protect confidential information from disclosure to other parties. Be leery of asking investors to sign NDAs; they see too many deals […]

Non-Solicitation Agreement

Non-Solicitation Agreements are usually in employment agreements to prevent the contracting employee from soliciting the company’s other employees and the company’s customers for a competing business venture.