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Just Say No to a VC Bailout

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-25

Tags: Venture Business Crisis Economy

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Just Get Through 2009

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-04

Tags: Operations Crisis Burn Rate

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I'm fundraising right now and it is absolutely brutal. I want to to tell all entrepreneurs, "Fight through this. You can raise capital." But that isn't true. You may not be able to raise capital until 2010 no matter how good your product or company is. It is not a reflection of you, just the external factors that are largely out of your control.

Survive until 2010 and position your company to take off as the next economic cycle does. These things always come back. While it is bad now, it will eventually get better. The Wall Street guys will get tired of losing money and companies will start hiring again.

I hope I am wrong. (Boy, do I hope I'm wrong.) Maybe Obama will follow through on his plan to eliminate capital gains tax on investments to startups. That would help us immensely. But I have heard nothing about that since it was mentioned during the campaign.

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The Obama Administration Has It All Wrong

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-06

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Nyt's Friedman on Start Ups

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-22

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Lessons From the Last Crash

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2008-10-27

Tags: Operations Crisis

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It's pretty rare that during a crash and recession there are employees and managers with recent experience on how to handle the situation. Well, the "good news" with the Great Depression 2.0 is that a whole bunch of us have relatively fresh experience. Last time the financial grenade went off in our lap. This time, we're collateral damage, which means it should be less painful assuming similar size crashes (which is looking less and less like a valid assumption).

In any event, here are some lessons I learned from the last time through this mess:

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Urgent: Should I Trust This Investor and Take His Offer

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis Advice Investor

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The VC Apocalypse: Careful with Your Time

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Posted by Doe on 2009-03-08

Tags: Pitching Economy Crisis

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Fellow entrepreneurs, most VCs are unable to complete capital calls and, therefore, are unable to make new investments. This includes everyone from name brand funds to small funds, and it does not matter if they recently closed a new fund or not. If you are pitching a venture fund, there are two critical pieces of information that you need to know before wasting time with meetings, diligence, and faux terms:

- First, has the fund made an investment in a company that was not already in the portfolio in 2009, and, if so, which company?

- Second, has the fund completed a successful capital call in 2009?

Is the answer is 'no' to either of these questions or the fund is uncomfortable discussing these matters, then don't bother pitching them and move on. Why? Between the dismal exit history, defecting LPs, worthless secondary markets, and massive position devaluations, venture firms are facing an apocalypse right now. The whole concept of 'venture capital' as an asset class is being re-evaluated by accountants worldwide, and the outcome of that work does not look good for venture capitalists.

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Warning: "Inside" Rounds

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-25

Tags: Funding Sources Strategy Valuation Crisis

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As it is becoming harder to raise capital from venture capitalists, existing investors are facing situations where they need to lead new rounds in their own portfolio companies. This presents a big problem for valuations, especially if an investor only has convertible debt. Recently, I've heard a few stories about existing investors promising to lead a round, then pulling out or dramatically changing the terms. Worse, investors will sometimes string you along with a singed term sheet until you are out of cash, and then completely change the deal to take control.

Here are some tips if you think that you are going to need money in the next 18 months.

Know where insiders stand: You need to know where if your insiders will participate or lead a new financing event, and you should also ask them what their specific expectations are for your company performance. Assume that any inside round will be flat.

Pursue other options: Even if your insiders agree to lead a round, you should do your best to have an alternative financing option available. You will never get a fair price for your equity from insiders, since they are pricing, selling, and buying the equity at the same time and since they see all the warts and bruises.

Raise now, not later: Don't wait to raise money. Raising will take twice as long and will be twice as hard in this market. Try to raise enough capital to operate for more than 48 months, if you can.

When in doubt, do debt: If things are not moving fast enough and you have only three or four months worth of cash left, press your existing investors to do a convertible debt round that will give you eight to twelve months of low growth operating capital.

Insider sheet to attract outsiders: If everything else is failing, you may want to have your insiders draft a term sheet with a lot of room for new investors to participate. It's often easier to find outside investors with a "legitimate" term sheet in hand.

Good luck!

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Radically Reinventing Venture Capital

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-23

Tags: Venture Business Strategy Crisis

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Sequoia CEO Warning Letter: Irresponsible or Cunning?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-14

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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Email From Ron Conway

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Posted by Mr. Smith on 2008-10-08

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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Question: How to Re Align a Stick Up?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-29

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis Stick Up

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Help Needed for Request of Retroactive Term Changes by Angel Investor

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-18

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis Angels Term Changes

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Dilemma in Fund Raising Planning

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-11

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis Introductions Pitching Fund Raising

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Winding Down

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-03

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Bankruptcy Lawyer / Consultant Needed in Silicon Valley

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-02

Tags: Operations Crisis Wind Down Bankruptcy

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Best Way to Deal with an Embezzling Co Founder Case

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-27

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CEOs Being Removed

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-26

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Is Hibernation a Real Option?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-17

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis

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A Dark View of Future of Venture Capital Market

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-04

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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Has Funding Begun to Return?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-02

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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The Collapse of the VC Ecosystem & What It Will Look Like Post Recovery

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Posted by fnazeeri on 2009-03-08

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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I wrote this post on how the VC market is imploding which is not news to anyone on TheFunded, but I tried to take it a step further and talk about what it will look like post recovery. I read a great post on Seth Godin's blog about how everyone talks about the "crisis in our face" but not the "crisis in the distance." Anyway, here's a crack...let me know what you think.

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Has the Thinning of the Herd Begun?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-20

Tags: Venture Business Crisis

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Is There More or Less Money Around

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-15

Tags: Funding Sources Crisis

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K Waves, an Interesting Perspective on Where We are at with the Current Crisis

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-09

Tags: Venture Business Crisis Economy