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Venture Capital Basics
                          Presented by

B. Marc Averitt                          Matthew V. Waterma...
What Venture Capital (“VC”) is and is not…

•    Venture Capital is a sub-class of private equity.
      – Venture capital...
“Ideal” Company for VC

•   Strong management
     – Relevant industry experience & contacts
     – Proven ability to exec...
Positioning a company for VC,
                    and engaging VCs
•   Positioning the company:
     – See previous slide,...
How the VC process works
•   Initial contacts with VCs (see previous slide, “Positioning a company for VC,
    and engagin...
So, you got VC funding…now what?

•   Game time
    – Executing against plan & the milestone march
    – Board meetings (a...
Exits

•   IPOs
•   Mergers and acquisitions
•   “How about we just keep it private and we’ll pull out cash when it’s
    ...
Q&A

•   Open question and answer period




    If you have questions that were not answered at this presentation, please...
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  1. 1. Venture Capital Basics Presented by B. Marc Averitt Matthew V. Waterman Managing Director Attorney at Law Okapi Venture Capital General Counsel Partners, Inc. Phone: (949) 715-5555 Phone: (949) 548-1790 averitt@okapivc.com mwaterman@gcplaw.com
  2. 2. What Venture Capital (“VC”) is and is not… • Venture Capital is a sub-class of private equity. – Venture capitalists (“VCs”) are professional investors that raise pools of capital from institutional, corporate, and individual investors. – VC funds utilize standard limited partnership structure. • VC used to finance new and growing companies. – Typically purchase preferred equity securities. – VCs take higher risks and therefore expect higher rewards. – VCs make money when companies are sold and/or taken public. • VCs add value to company through active participation and management. – Typically take board of director positions; – Help with strategy, sales, hiring, etc. • Angel investors and passive investors are not VCs
  3. 3. “Ideal” Company for VC • Strong management – Relevant industry experience & contacts – Proven ability to execute – Perspective • Addressing large and growing market • Competitive advantages – Defensible IP able to be commercialized – Unique business model and/or relationships • Solid business model – Clear technical, financial, and operational objectives – Scalable • Chemistry / strength of relationship with VCs – VC investment creates long-term “partnership” – Company and its founders understand and accept that VC imposes restrictions and limits on them
  4. 4. Positioning a company for VC, and engaging VCs • Positioning the company: – See previous slide, “’Ideal Company’ for VC” – Surround company with strong, trusted advisors (advisory board, attorneys, auditors) – Consciously position company to be VC-backed • Discliplined documentation of IP and inventions • Clean and well-maintained corporate and legal record keeping • Accounting books and records kept in accordance with GAAP – Company to have realistic expectations about VC and its affect on founders’ short term and long term influence and roles with the company • Engaging the VCs – ID the VCs best for the company (research, research, research) – Well drafted, convincing business plan – Approach VCs through trusted mutual contacts (attorneys, accountants, other mutual business associates of the VCs and the company) – Don’t over-shop (keep focused on a small number of VCs)
  5. 5. How the VC process works • Initial contacts with VCs (see previous slide, “Positioning a company for VC, and engaging VCs”) • Presentations to and meetings with VCs • Due diligence – Business due diligence (including IP due diligence) – Legal due diligence (including IP due diligence) • Negotiations and documentation – Non-binding term sheet – Typical Legal documents • Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement • Restated Certificate/Articles of Incorporation • Investors Rights Agreement • Management Rights Letter • First Refusal and Co-Sale Agreement • Voting Agreement • Stock Restriction Agreements • Closing • On-going relations (see next slide, “So, you got VC funding…now what?”)
  6. 6. So, you got VC funding…now what? • Game time – Executing against plan & the milestone march – Board meetings (and change of plans)
  7. 7. Exits • IPOs • Mergers and acquisitions • “How about we just keep it private and we’ll pull out cash when it’s profitable?” – VCs are not in the business of investing for cash flow
  8. 8. Q&A • Open question and answer period If you have questions that were not answered at this presentation, please feel free to call or email either Marc Averitt (949-715-5555; averitt@okapivc.com) or Matt Waterman (949-548-1790; mwaterman@gcplaw.com)
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