Shantanu spoke about Negotiating with VCs.
- Be organized and document everything properly.
- Hire a lawyer when negotiating with a VC because they will have one of their own.
- VC's will do a valuation and will ask for anything between 25% to 40% of the company in the form of preference shares.
- When the VCs have an interest in investing they will give you something called a term sheet which will have all the terms and conditions.
- VCs usually look at a 3-5 year investment horizon.
- In the term sheet there will be anti dilution terms which means that if the valuation of the company falls they might want more stock.
- VC's will want one or more people on the company's board and this has to be negotiated.
- They will want to have rights to veto certain decisions made by the company.
- They will have clauses on any mergers and acquisitions that the company may plan to make in the future and also the hiring and firing of the CEO.
- There will be terms on drag along and tag along which is related to what will happen if either the VC or the entrepreneur quits the organization.
- There can be no shop clauses which means that you cannot talk to other VCs.
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