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David M. Freedman

About David M. Freedman

Legal and financial journalist.

Do early-stage startups like SAFE notes?

What is a SAFE Note and Does It Benefit Founders and Investors Alike?

What is a SAFE note, and why do startups and investors prefer them over convertible debt and other offered securities today?

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Basics of convertible debt offerings

The Basics of Convertible Debt Offerings Under Title III

Title III convertible debt offerings allow for not-yet-profitable startups to secure funding without valuation disagreements. But what about the investors?

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start-up bro CEO on the phone asking his broker what is an angel investor and what are the benefits of angel investing

What is an Angel Investor and What Motivates Angels to Invest?

What is an angel investor and what is it not? Learn the difference between angels and VCs, as well as the financial and nonfinancial benefits of angel investing.

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serious-faced lady talking on a smartphone, representing crowdfunding due diligence

Portals & Broker-Dealers: Comparing Types of Investment Intermediaries in Crowdfunding

Two investment intermediaries in equity crowdfunding, portals and broker-dealers, require different levels of due diligence. Which is right for you?

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two men sit at monitors, representing four types of private equity investments

Fundamentals of Corporate Structures and Their Effects on 4 Types of Equity Offerings

Four types of equity offerings issued by LLCs & corporations have benefits & drawbacks for investors. Learn about stock, LLC units and convertible debt.

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3 Categories of Startup Growth Potential

There are three categories of startup growth: lifestyle, middle market and high-growth. Growth potential is the key for investors seeking high ROI.

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man juggles four dice, symbolizing rate adjusted return

‘Risk-Adjusted Return’ in a Nutshell

The risk-adjusted return (RAR) measures ROI relative to the risk of the investment. Learn 3 methods for calculating RAR and how to balance your risk.

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Several skyscrapers on Wall Street, representing the concept of private equity and Fund of Funds

Private Equity Fund of Funds: 2020 and Beyond

A private equity fund of funds or FOF gives investors access to otherwise selective funds, but can it compete with the wider PE market in the future?

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Statue of Liberty, representing famous supreme court cases

McCulloch v. Maryland and the Famous Supreme Court Cases that Changed Our Economy

You may not have heard of McCulloch v. Maryland, but this famous supreme court case is one of three that fundamentally changed our nation’s economy.

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mismatched shoes, symbolizing the differences between private equity and venture capital

Private Equity vs. Venture Capital 101

Venture capital is often tucked under the umbrella of private equity, but investors should know the key differences in private equity vs venture capital.

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