Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing.
Content: Online Resource | Source: Cooley Godward | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Free Stuff / Tools, Legal, Venture Capital
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.
Content: Online Resource | Authors: Andy Sparks, Joshua Levy | Source: Medium | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital
Autopsy is a collection of lessons from failed startups. Reading through some of them will probably be of value for any entrepreneur.
Content: Online Resource | Subject: Entrepreneurship
Docracy is an open collection of legal contracts. It also offers a comprehensive solution for having the documents verified and signed online.
Content: Online Resource | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Free Stuff / Tools, Legal
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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Author: Brad Feld | Source: Ask the VC | Subject: Entrepreneurship
Learn the in’s and out’s of term sheets to negotiate the best terms for your startup. [Hat tip to Brad Feld]
Content: Online Resource | Source: Veri | Subject: Entrepreneurship
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?
Content: Online Resource | Source: Harvard Business School (HBS) | Subject: Entrepreneurship
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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Author: Ted Wang | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Legal
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
* Subscription Agreement
* Election Consent
Of course, these are just example documents so all legal disclaimers about usage apply … [ Read more ]
Content: Online Resource | Source: Feld Thoughts | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Legal
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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Source: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Legal
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.
Content: Online Resource | Authors: Andrew Boardman, Jeffrey Boardman | Subject: Entrepreneurship
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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Subject: Entrepreneurship
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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Venture Capital
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]
Content: Online Resource | Author: Furqan Nazeeri | Subject: Entrepreneurship
“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 ]
Content: Online Resource | Source: CompStudy.com | Subjects: Career / Employment, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources
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.”
Content: Online Resource | Author: Mark Peter Davis | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital
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.
Content: Online Resource | Source: Microsoft | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Free Stuff / Tools
Content: Online Resource | Subjects: Associations / Organizations, Entrepreneurship
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]
Content: Online Resource | Source: Cooley Godward | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital
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.
Content: Online Resource | Source: Entrepreneur.com | Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Free Stuff / Tools