Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-05
Tags: Preparation Targets
Your current investors will often have different motives with a new financing round that you do, so be extremely careful. Maybe they want to get more equity at a good price. Maybe they have internal fund pressure to show portfolio growth with a higher valuation. Maybe they want to gain some more investor control to force a liquidity event. Many times, old investors will pressure a company to raise new capital, and almost always the motives of existing investors in a fundraise is not what they appear to be.
The best advice is to take the time to engage in a proper fundraising process, even if you have "insider interest." Most of all, do not accept an internal offer without at least trying to secure one or two additional external offers. Your existing investors can be counted on to help make some introductions to other funds, and you should encourage them to participate at their pro-rata allocation.
It's your job to get the best possible terms, and there is no question that you are better off with multiple interested parties bidding up the price, even when you are busy growing the business.PRIVATE: Members Only