A Rankings Review Thanks to CB Insights, Mattermark and Preqin, it’s now easier to find top venture capital fund managers based on performance, fees and follow-on investments. The institutional alternative asset classes, such as Venture Capital and Private Equity, can be opaque. Nevertheless, a few FinTech firms are helping to lower costs, provide transparency and […]
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of an article first published on March 6th, 2014. Around the time the JOBS Act became law in 2012, some angel groups expressed concern that equity crowdfunding would hurt them on two counts. First, there was a concern that more money would chase deals, thus inflating valuations on potential […]
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a similar article, published in January of 2013. To view that article, click here. The JOBS Act Makes Raising Capital Easier Than Ever Signed into law by President Obama on April 5, 2012, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (or JOBS Act) made it somewhat easier, and often […]
Success Doesn’t Mean Smooth Sailing Besides finally picking up an Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant”and being an avid environmental philanthropist, Leonardo DiCaprio’s investments, as well as his acting, have made some waves in the world of investing. While he arguably doesn’t need the extra income, DiCaprio is active in the tech investment world, […]
Bai, Bai, Bai Former N’Sync front man and Mickey Mouse Club kid, pop superstar Justin Timberlake is now making a name for himself in the business world. Earlier this year, Timberlake starred in a Superbowl commercial for Bai beverages. Not only is he using his famous face to endorse the product, but he was also […]
Venture capital, family offices and CPG companies are pouring money into plant-based food alternatives. Find out why investors need to take notice.
The smart real estate investor’s checklist for Deal Sponsor diligence. When considering investing in a passive real estate deal, the qualities of the sponsor are arguably more important than the underlying real estate:
Welcome to the first installment of this column. My guiding principle will be to write about things I want my children and my parents to understand about the world of business, investing, finance and law.
For this first installment, I explain the difference between “VC” and “PE.”
There is no universally accepted definition of “venture capital” but the U.S. Small Business Administration’s definition works well:
Nobody, in our opinion, should invest in seed-stage companies that raise capital under Regulation A+. This new securities exemption, based on Title IV of the JOBS Act of 2012, is structured primarily for growth- and later-stage companies.
Y Combinator, a well-known tech accelerator, created the SAFE (simple agreement for future equity) in 2013, and uses it to fund most of the seed-stage startups that participate in its three-month development sessions. With an emphasis on simple, this new equity security works for seed-stage startups.