Getting To “No”
One of the biggest frustrations we hear from our clients about the capital raise process is that VCs are non-responsive or unwilling to make a firm investment decision. To help with this, I reached out to several VCs whom we see on a regular basis to ask for their input.
Securities Straight Talk Vol. 4: Why you Need to Consider Blue Sky Laws Before Conducting a Capital Raise
Not taking securities laws into account prior to the start of your offering can create a dark cloud over your otherwise bright, sun-shiny raise.
Securities Straight Talk Vol. 3: Keeping it Local—Changes to the Rule 147 Intrastate Offering Exemption
The SEC, wishing to facilitate capital formation by smaller companies, amended Rule 147 and adopted Rule 147A to modernize the intrastate offering exemption. These changes have liberalized the Rule 147 safe harbor and expanded the exemptions available for local securities offerings. The amended Rule 147 and new Rule 147A are largely identical, except for a few distinct differences.
Securities Straight Talk Vol. 2: Out With the Old (Rule 505), In With the New (Rule 504)
The SEC released its final ruling that amends Rule 504 and repeals Rule 505, altering Reg D as we know it. In a nutshell, the SEC has combined the best of Rule 504 (unlimited investors, no accredited investor requirement, no burdensome disclosures) with the best of Rule 505 (a $5,000,000 offering limit).
Securities Straight Talk Vol. 1: Securities Laws Matter To Startups (Yes, Yours Too)
So, what exactly is a security, and how does it relate to my startup? In this blog series, we will provide the straight talk on federal and state securities laws to help you navigate the web of regulation.
Learning From “No”
Hearing ‘no’ from an investor doesn’t end the conversation; it pivots the conversation. If you’ve ever embarked on a round of funding, even a simple friends and family round, chances are you’ve heard some form of “no” more than you’d like.
Who’s Drafting Your Pitch Deck?
The following thoughts and links should provide some basic insight into how to produce an effective pitch deck that cleanly and accurately reflects your company and its potential.