Venture capital investments typically involve early stage investment in companies in exchange for shares of the company. The most common investment structure is a partnership. But how exactly should it be formed? What considerations need to be made? What other options are available? The following course will explain the key aspects to consider when structuring your venture capital investments. Please join K&L Gates Hong partner Scott Peterman in a deep dive into the seas of venture capital, where he will discuss the power law operating in venture capital, looking at trends in Asian markets. He will provide a sneak peek into how venture capital firms work and then explain best practices in structuring a venture capital investment using examples.
- Overview of the venture capital industry: the power law at work
- How venture capital firms work (for entrepreneurs – know your customers!) and fund structure
- Structuring a venture capital investment – staging financing to create alignment between entrepreneur and investors
- Startup Fundraising: “Want my money, tell me a story”
- Investor’s mindset
- Term sheet control and modeling
- Intro + pre-money valuation
- Employee Stock Option Pool (ESOP)
- Example: ESOP Shuffle (VC-friendly)
- Example: ESOP Shuffle (Founder-friendly
- Founder vesting
- Liquidation preference and case studies
- Optional/automatic conversion
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