Open Source Funding Documents

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing.

All the Public Startup Pitch Decks in One Place

Andy Sparks and Joshua Levy have assembled a list of reference pitch decks for founders to view when building their own. Some notable inclusions: YouTube, LinkedIn, Mint, BuzzFeed, AirBnB, Tinder, Foursquare, Moz, and Buffer.

Autopsy

Autopsy is a collection of lessons from failed startups. Reading through some of them will probably be of value for any entrepreneur.

Docracy

Docracy is an open collection of legal contracts. It also offers a comprehensive solution for having the documents verified and signed online.

Model Cap Tables With VCHub

Jeff Boardman (founder of LearnVC) has done a nice job building a site that both models a cap table and provides a lot of information to empower entrepreneurs both with educational resources and software tools. In addition to modeling a cap table and ownership of the company, Jeff’s software helps answer questions like “if I sell for $100M, how much money does everyone receive.”

In addition, … [ Read more ]

Understanding Term Sheets

Learn the in’s and out’s of term sheets to negotiate the best terms for your startup. [Hat tip to Brad Feld]

HBS Elevator Pitch Builder

You have one minute to explain yourself, your business, your goals, and your passions. Your audience knows none of these. Are you prepared? Can you present your vision smoothly, enticing them to want to know more?

Series Seed Documents

A decade ago, a company would need to raise a couple of million of dollars to create a new product and effectively bring it to market. Today that amount is dramatically smaller. The advent of cloud computing, open source software, platforms with APIs, and numerous other changes have lowered the cost of launching a new enterprise. For this reason, startup companies are … [ Read more ]

TechStars Model Seed Funding Documents

David Cohen, founder of TechStars, and Brad Feld worked closely with Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP to put together a set of “Model Seed Funding Documents” that anyone can use. There are five primary documents in the set:
* Term Sheet
* Articles of Incorporation
* Bylaws
* Subscription Agreement
* Election Consent

Of course, these are just example documents so all legal disclaimers about usage apply … [ Read more ]

WSGR Term Sheet Generator

This tool will generate a venture financing term sheet based on your responses to an online questionnaire. It also has an informational component, with basic tutorials and annotations on financing terms. This term sheet generator is a modified version of a tool that we use internally, which comprises one part of a suite of document automation tools that we use to generate start-up and venture … [ Read more ]

LearnVC

LearnVC was born out of the frustration of climbing the steep learning curves in venture capital. Combined with similar curves for company formation and early round investing, the founders see even more opportunity for making it easier to understand the mechanics of startup life. The site explains the topics side by side with working, interactive examples that clearly illustrate the concepts being described.

TheStartUp411

TheStartUp411 is a collection of user generated information for those involved in starting and financing businesses; both entrepreneurs and those that finance them. Any registered user is allowed to submit an article that will be reviewed by all and will be promoted, based on popularity, to the main page. When a user submits a news article it will be placed in the “unpublished” area until … [ Read more ]

Angelsoft

Angelsoft was founded in 2004 with a simple idea: to bring the power of collaboration technologies to the early-stage investment industry. Today, with 410 angel groups and VCs, 11,251 investors, and 2,100 new company applications a month, Angelsoft has become a vital ecosystem where real entrepreneurs and real investors meet and collaborate in the effort to build the best new companies of the 21st Century. … [ Read more ]

Altgate

Furqan Nazeeri’s Blog On Startups, Venture Capital & Everything In Between. This link takes you directly to a page listing popular posts to help you get a quick overview. Topics include: Raising Capital, On Startups, and Industry Commentary. [Hat Tip to Brad Feld]

CompStudy.com

“Compensation in startups is one of the tougher topics to manage, in large part because there is very little information on the topic…until recently, that is. The best source of compensation info for startups that I have come across is an annual survey conducted by J. Robert Scott, Ernst & Young and WilmerHale. Professor Noam Wasserman at HBS does the analysis for this … [ Read more ]

Get Venture by Mark Peter Davis

Mark Davis, a member of DFJ Gotham, has written a series of posts on his blog designed to “create the entrepreneur’s manual for raising venture capital.”

Business Structure Selector

This excel template helps prospective business owners determine the best legal structure for their new business. Identifying the appropriate business structure can help owners gain tax and legal protection benefits for their business.

Kauffmann Foundation

Private Company Financings Update

Cooley Godward regularly present findings on private company financings. These reports provide a summary of data, reflecting their experience in venture capital financing terms and trends. If you are an entrepreneur looking to raise money or just someone interested in venture capital, check it out. [hat tip to Ask the VC]

FormNet

FormNet® is designed to save you the time and expense of creating business documents from scratch. You can download and customize various business forms according to your needs, and immediately put them to work in your business–all for free.