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Fundamentals of venture capital

Author: Joseph W Bartlett
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Madison Books, 1999.
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Written in highly readable layman's language, Fundamentals of Venture Capital is a concise introduction to the key issues facing both investors and entrepreneurs as they embark on the journey of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph W Bartlett
ISBN: 1568331266 9781568331263
OCLC Number: 42392207
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 165 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 What Is All the Talk About? 1 --
What Is Venture Capital? 3 --
How Venture Capitalists Talk 6 --
Should You Start Your Own Company? 7 --
"You Can Make it ... Will Someone Buy It? 9 --
Chapter 2 Where Should I Look for Seed Capital? 11 --
Angels 12 --
Seed Capital from VCs 12 --
State Aid 14 --
Federal Grants and Loans 15 --
Commercial Banks 16 --
Should I Have a Placement Agent? 17 --
Venture-Capital Clubs 19 --
Concept IPOs 19 --
The Shell Game 20 --
Multiple-Round Strategy 21 --
Case Study in Finding Money: A Reality Check 23 --
Chapter 3 How on Earth Do I Put a Value on My Company? 26 --
Portfolio Management 29 --
Nonnumerical Factors 30 --
Chapter 4 What Legal Form Works Best for You? 31 --
S Corporations 31 --
Limited Liability Companies 33 --
Corporation versus Limited Liability Company 36 --
Chapter 5 What Will My Corporation Look Like? 40 --
Corporate Charter 40 --
Payment for Stock 42 --
Purposes 42 --
Miscellaneous Charter Provisions 43 --
Restrictions on Transfer 43 --
Preferred Stock Provisions 46 --
Preemptive Rights 46 --
Indemnification 47 --
Bylaws 50 --
Other Organizational Documents 50 --
State of Corporate Domicile: Delaware or Somewhere Else? 51 --
Chapter 6 Tax Discussion for the Nonlawyer: Minimizing Taxes in the Early Stages 53 --
Cheap Stock to Employees and Promoters: The "Eat-'em-All-Up" Preferred Stock Approach 56 --
Stock for Services: The "Passage-of-Time" Approach 58 --
Section 83 and Stock Subject to Vesting 59 --
Chapter 7 Drafting the Business Plan and the Placement Memo 62 --
Risk Factors 65 --
Certain Transactions 68 --
Business Plan 69 --
The Marketing Section: The Single-Most Important Section for Early-Stage Investments 70 --
Business Strategy and the Single-Product Problem 72 --
Management 72 --
Beefing up the Board of Directors 72 --
Projections --
The "Bull's-Eye" Theory of Forecasting: "Shoot High," 74 --
The Promissory Nature of the Forecast: "Shoot Low," 76 --
Chapter 8 You've Set up the Company and Negotiated the Price: What Are the Investors' Terms? 79 --
Herein the Term Sheet 79 --
What Will the VCs Want for a Security: Common Stock? Preferred Stock? Debt? Warrants? 80 --
Common Stock 82 --
Warrants 82 --
Preferred Stock 83 --
Conversion and Redemption 86 --
Preferred Stock Redeemable at the Option of the Holder 87 --
Participating Preferred 89 --
Antidilution Protection for Investors 90 --
Who Controls: Me or Them? 94 --
Registration Rights 96 --
Chapter 9 I Have a Letter of Intent: What's in the Contract? 98 --
Stockholders Agreement 106 --
Rights of First Refusal 107 --
Chapter 10 Selling Stock, Privately ... and Legally 108 --
If Reg. D Is Not Available? 114 --
Chapter 11 Compensating Your Key Executives 117 --
The "Carrot" Approach: Equity Incentives 117 --
Stock Options 119 --
Incentive Stock Options 119 --
Nonqualified Stock Options 121 --
ISOs versus NSOs 122 --
"Grossing Up," 124 --
The Carrot-and-Stick Approach: The Employment Agreement 124 --
Restrictions on Post-Employment Behavior: Noncompetition, Nondisclosure, and "Work-for-Hire" Clauses 128 --
Chapter 12 How to Go to the Promised Land (i.e., Go Public) 133 --
Whether or Not to "Go Public," 134 --
Preparation for the Public Offering 136 --
Liability 140 --
"Directed Shares" and "Hot Issues," 142 --
Lock Ups and Other Obstacles to Liquidity 143 --
Chapter 13 Financing with Strategic Investors: Joint Ventures 148 --
Typical Business Contexts 149 --
Negotiation Points 151 --
The Duty of Candor 155 --
Corporate Opportunity and Self-Dealing 155.
Responsibility: Joseph W. Bartlett.

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