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Kill the Participating Preferred

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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-30

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Dear Venture Capitalists, it's time to do away with the participating preferred mechanism that has become more commonplace in the last few years. Coupled with liquidation preferences, venture financings have become more and more onerous. Management and employees end up at the bottom of a large stack that resembles indentured servitude. Angel and founder investments get crushed, too. It's feels like everything needs to be a home run with these types of terms. Aren't we all in the game together"

Members, agree with this post to send a message to the venture community: the participating preferred should be a mechanism of the past!