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Dead Heat

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Posted by msjane on 2008-05-13

Tags: Negotiation Disclosure

PUBLIC:

Many posts have brought up the risk involved in disclosure of ideas to possible investors. It's implied in most of these posts that the writer feels they have a property of some kind that is unique and vulnerable to duplication if news of its existence gets out.

A tempering argument against uniqueness is at
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20...

Mal Gladwell cites a sobering argument against eponymy, i.e., naming scientific advances after one person. It seems as if great ideas, are in fact, 10 cents for twelve.

Even though Gladwell argues that his -- and others'-- analysis won't hold up in the realm of "art" I can say that in personal experience, commonality still turns up.

Some time ago, a hotshot literary agent discovered my "notes" on an otherwise OK screenplay had enabled them to close a million dollar "spec" sale. He thought I was Rumplestiltskin and started shoveling (1500+) circulating scripts at me.

Alas, only 10 were worth any work at all. One writer alone was willing to go back and do some more work. What did turn up though, were clusters of themes. Cupid makes Venus a bet about making two unlikely mortals fall in love. A homeless person becomes wealthy. Etc. There were several groups. None of the writers knew each other.

So, protecting one's property is critical -- up to a point. Odds are, others are at work on something very, very similar.
Greed minus fear = deal.
Be prudent but get funded.

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Valuation Models

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-29

Tags: Negotiation Valuation Model

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Need Advice: What Kind of Valuation Can I Expect?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-03-23

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How Much to Give Investor for Initial Funding

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-21

Tags: Negotiation Early Stage

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How Much Equity to Share with a Very Close and Helpful Advisor?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-09

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Board Member Value? and How to Call Them on It.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-26

Tags: Negotiation Board Value

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Question Re: Investors Demand Life Insurance on 68yr Od Founder, but He's Not Insurable

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-10-05

Tags: Negotiation Investments Coverage

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Education on Term Sheets

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-09-21

Tags: Negotiation Terms Valuation Resources

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VC Speak about Team

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-04-20

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A Primer on VC Dating Process After the First Date?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-13

Tags: Negotiation Fund Diligence Terms

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Libac Coverage

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-06

Tags: Negotiation Insurance Terms

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Virtual Office for a Website Company with Global Reach

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-03

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Anyone Ever Offer Different Price Per Share for the Same Round of Investment?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-20

Tags: Negotiation Valuation Equity

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Re Do Round

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-14

Tags: Negotiation Terms Restructuring

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Reverse Stock Split... Why?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-11

Tags: Negotiation Equity Reverse Stock Split

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How to Protect Yourself in a Down Round Situation

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-08

Tags: Negotiation Terms Down Round

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Series a Employment Agreements

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-07

Tags: Negotiation Employment Agreement Founders

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Founders Board Seats

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-12-04

Tags: Negotiation Board Governance

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Founders Stock Vesting

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-28

Tags: Negotiation Terms Vesting Founders

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Term Sheet with Changing Terms Option: Need Some Advice

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-18

Tags: Negotiation Terms Due Diligence

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Are Pay to Play Provisions Coming Back? We Need Them Ex Post Facto

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-17

Tags: Negotiation Terms Pay to Play

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Term Sheet Questions

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-12

Tags: Negotiation Terms

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Funders Request to Renegotiate a Series

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-08

Tags: Operations Equity Renegotiation

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How Much Equity Should We Offer for Patronage

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-07

Tags: Negotiation Intermediaries Advisor

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Terms on Convertible Debt

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-05

Tags: Negotiation Convertible Debt Terms