Venture Finance SIG: Raising Venture Funding vs. Early Acquisition

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    With the decrease in venture exits and liquidity, startup founders are faced with a decision early whether to raise traditional venture funding or seek an early acquisition.  Large companies have been making a significantly more smaller acquisitions that result in great returns for founders and angel/seed investors alike.  Join us with two insiders who help guide entrepreneurs daily. Topics will include:

    - How difficult is it to raise venture financing?  What are the expectations once I raise money?

    -If I raise now and take some dilution:

    o   what exit valuation will get me back to where I am today?

    o   will this be acceptable to my investors?

    -Who are making acquisitions?  What types of startups are they seeking?

    -What’s the timeline?

    -What are the requirements for each?  How do they differ?

    -Should founders be allowed to "cash out" in later rounds? What are the implications for investors, employees and potential acquirers when this happens?

    Panelists:
    Neeraj Arora, Google Corporate Development
    Kent Goldman, First Round Capital

    Moderator:
    Rohit Gupta, Opus Capital