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  • Startup Financing 101 Strategies for Pitching, Financing & Growing Your Web 2.0 Startup
  • Who • Jeff Clavier – SoftTech VC • Business Angel • Startup Advisor – Hacked in C/C++, CTO/VP Engineering, General Partner at Reuters Venture Capital – Started investing in Web 2.0 3 years ago – More: softtechvc.com, blog.softtechvc.com and twitter.com/jeffclavier 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 2
  • SoftTech VC 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 3
  • Agenda • Ten Points • You Q, We all A – The Idea – The Team • Resources – The Company – The First Money – The Pitch – The VC Process – The Funding Process – The End of the Beginning – The Growth – The Exit 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 4
  • The Idea • Our questions: – Value ? – Market – Adoption: scale, speed – Different ? Better ? – Company ? • No want no feature – Cost of failure ? – Can you pull it off ? 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 5
  • The Team • Our questions: – Relevance – Experience – Smarts – Hunger – Vision 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 6
  • The Company • Your questions: – When to incorporate – Structure: • C Corp • Lawyered – Founder equity split – Initial funding ? – Main/side job ? 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 7
  • The First Money • Your questions – Sources ? – “Right” Amount ? – Valuation/dilution ? – How do I find … ? – How do I choose … ? – Can I reference … ? – Help ? – Overall strategy ? • Build to last ? 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 8
  • Source: Redleaf Ventures Note: amounts and stages are only indicative since they vary according to investment sectors
  • Courtesy of First Round Capital – firstround.com Funding Model: “Farm Raised” Idea is Model is defined Beta or FCS Feasible and proven Valuation Risk (ß) Capital Seed R&D Ship Expansion
  • Courtesy of First Round Capital – firstround.com Funding Model: “Free Range” Accelerating Model defined FCS Adoption and proven Valuation (Adoption Curve) Low-burn experimentation phase <?> Time Risk (ß) Seed Capital Series A Expansion (angels?) (or founder liquidity)
  • The Pitch • Your questions – Objective ? – Length – Focus – Content – How do I practice ? 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 12
  • The Process Financing Sales Product Personal Commercial Development Contacts Due Diligence Business Development Advisory Technology Board Due Diligence Technology Initial Screen Strategy Portfolio Financial Companies Due Management Strategic Diligence Review Focus Proactive Audit Sourcing of Industry Management Board Bankers and Due Connections Evaluation Seats Acquirers Diligence Unanimous VCs and Initial Legal Quarterly Capital Term Sheet Investment Exit Investment Due Due Portfolio Requirements Negotiation Committee Negotiation Banks Diligence Diligence Review Approval Closing Sourcing Initial The Pitch Due Structuring Process & Investment Exit Deals Assessment (Initial Review) Diligence Transaction Investment Management Committee 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 13
  • The VC Process Financing Sales Product Personal Commercial Development Contacts Due Diligence Business Development Advisory Technology Board Due Diligence Technology Initial Screen Strategy Portfolio Financial Companies Due Management Strategic Diligence Review Focus Proactive Audit Sourcing of Industry Management Board Bankers and Due Connections Evaluation Seats Acquirers Diligence Unanimous VCs and Initial Legal Quarterly Capital Term Sheet Investment Exit Investment Due Due Portfolio Requirements Negotiation Committee Negotiation Banks Diligence Diligence Review Approval Closing Sourcing Initial The Pitch Due Structuring Process & Investment Exit Deals Assessment (Initial Review) Diligence Transaction Investment Management Committee 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 14
  • The Funding Process 1. Pitch 8. More due diligence 2. More pitches 9. Legal docs 3. Due diligence negotiation 4. More pitches 10. The funding 5. Partner’s meeting 11. Money in the bank 6. Termsheet Issued 12. Get to work 7. Terms negotiation 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 15
  • The End of the Beginning • Your questions – The Board – Investor relations • Existing • Future – When to raise more money ? – How fast to grow ? 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 16
  • The Exit 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 17
  • The Growth 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 18
  • You Q, We A 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 19
  • Resources 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 20
  • Top Seed/Early Stage VCs (Internet) • Accel Partners • Mayfield • August Capital • NEA • Benchmark Capital • Norwest Venture Partners • Bessemer Venture Partners • Polaris (East Coast) • Draper Fisher Jurvetson • Redpoint • First Round Capital (Seed) • Sequoia Capital • Founder’s Fund (Seed) • Trinity • General Catalyst (East Coast) • True Ventures (Seed) • Greylock • Union Square Ventures • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & (Seed/East Coast) Beyers • USVP • Matrix Partners Note: this list is not meant to be completely exhaustive 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 21
  • Tools • Professional databases: – Dow Jones VentureSource and VentureWire – Thomson VentureXPert – PWC MoneyTree • Reports: – Analysts, Investment Bankers, Companies • Publications: – VC and Industry Blogs, PE Week 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 22
  • Resources • Networking, Networking, Networking – STIRR, SDForum, Svase, Meetups, TiE, etc. • Blogs to read – “Ask the Wizard”, Dick Costolo – “Termsheet Series”, Brad Feld – “10 Commandments”, Allen Morgan – Jeremy Liew, Josh Kopelman, Fred Wilson, Found+Read, etc. 5/7/2007 Startup Financing 101 23