Posts Tagged ‘Fred Wilson’
Walker Twitter Highlights: April 22nd – May 5thby Scott Edward Walker on May 6th, 2013
I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. Below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) for the past two weeks and a few blog-related tweets. If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here. Cheers, Scott
Words of Wisdom From Fred Wilsonby Scott Edward Walker on May 3rd, 2013
To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we post a short video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) – Part 1by Scott Edward Walker on April 9th, 2012
We are in the golden age of seed financing. Venture capital funds, seed funds, super angels, angel groups, incubators, and “friends and family” are all playing the seed financing game and investing early in startups in an attempt to land the next Facebook.
As a result, the pendulum has swung dramatically in the founders’ favor, and the issuance of convertible notes for seed financing has never been more prolific. Indeed, as a corporate lawyer for 18+ years, I have seen this development first-hand.
Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Joe Gebbiaby Scott Edward Walker on October 14th, 2011
To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we share a favorite video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics. This week, we present Joe Gebbia, the Co-Founder of AirBnB.
In this very interesting 20-minute video, Joe discusses the history of AirBnB and how it was created and scaled; it’s an amazing, inspirational story. You should also check out this extraordinary email exchange between Paul Graham (the Co-Founder of Y Combinator) and uber-VC Fred Wilson with respect to a possible investment in AirBnB. Many thanks, Scott
VC Term Sheets – Investors’ Option to Walkby Scott Edward Walker on September 14th, 2011
This post originally appeared in the “Ask the Attorney” column I am writing for VentureBeat; it is part of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets. Here are the issues I have addressed to date:
- common mistakes dealing with VC’s
- liquidation preferences
- stock options
- exploding term sheets and no-shop provisions
- anti-dilution provisions
- Board control
- protective provisions
- drag-along provisions
- pay-to-play and pull-up provisions
- conversion rights
- non-contractual rights
- redemption rights
In today’s post, I examine the non-binding and conditional language in term sheets.
Do More Faster – Part Iby Scott Edward Walker on March 9th, 2011
I just finished reading the book Do More Faster, which is a collection of blog posts/articles by successful entrepreneurs and investors edited by David Cohen, the founder and CEO of TechStars, and Brad Feld, the managing director of Foundry Group. As Brad noted on his blog: “Our goal was to write a unique book full of useful information for any early stage entrepreneur. Rather than give advice or simply tell an entrepreneurial success story, we decided to blend the experience of the TechStars entrepreneurs and the TechStars mentors in an organized fashion.”
Below are a few nuggets from the first half of the book; I will share some second-half quotes in my next post. Cheers, Scott
Walker Twitter Highlights: February 21st – 27thby Scott Edward Walker on February 28th, 2011
I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles, Quora answers and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues. If you missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets. If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here. Thanks, Scott
Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Fred Wilsonby Scott Edward Walker on February 23rd, 2011
To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.” Each week, we post a short video of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics. This week, we present Fred Wilson, a very smart investor and the Managing Partner of two venture capital firms, Flatiron Partners and Union Square Ventures. In this interesting speech, Fred discusses entrepreneurship and the various structures and approaches to running your own business. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks, Scott
What Are Exploding Term Sheets and No-Shop Provisions?by Scott Edward Walker on February 9th, 2011
This post originally appeared as part of the “Ask the Attorney” series I am writing for VentureBeat. Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Please shoot me any questions in the comments section or, if you prefer confidentiality, via email at .
5 Common Mistakes in Pitch Decksby Scott Edward Walker on September 29th, 2010
As a corporate lawyer for entrepreneurs, I am often asked to review “pitch decks” or “decks.” A deck is a collection of PowerPoint slides created by founders to raise funds from investors. The deck can be sent to investors as a stand-alone document (e.g., via email) or it can be used in conjunction with an in-person presentation. I am generally happy to give my input with respect to decks — with the caveat that I’m a lawyer, not an investor. That being said, here are five common mistakes that I often see: