The Full Ratchet: Venture Capital Demystified (Podcast Episodes)

Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Value of Data, Part One. We will address questions including: As a startup investor, why did you decide to write your series of articles on the “Value of Data?” You released this series in three parts. At a very high-level...

 

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Peter Wilkins of Hyde Park Angels joins Nick to cover Entrepreneur-Investor Fit. We will address questions including: Did you consider raising a venture fund as opposed to leading an angel group? What should entrepreneurs think about when targeting investors? How do you parse which businesses need Venture Capital vs. Angel...

 

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 5 of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing Developing an Angel Investor Strategy Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups Overview The Team The Product The Market Deal-Structuring & Terms The Art of the...

 

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Jason Heltzer of Origin Ventures joins Nick to cover Negotiating a Term Sheet. We will address questions including: Can you first talk about why you chose to write about negotiation? One of the first things to understand is whether the negotiation is asymmetric or not. What does this mean and...

 

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Sergio Gurrieri of Tech Coast Angels joins Nick to cover Why Angels Don’t do Drugs | Life Sciences Investing. We will address questions including: Can you first talk about the sector at large and the sub components of investment opportunities within the life sciences category? Who are the traditional players...

 

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Jonathan Struhl of Indicator Ventures joins Nick to discuss how he raised his first VC Fund. We will address questions including: What are the types of venture funds and what are their key differences? How do venture funds establish a strategy or investment focus? An LPA and PPM are necessary when...

 

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John Huston of Ohio TechAngels joins Nick to cover The Exit. We will address questions including: How should angel group leaders think about the exit as a part of their investment strategy? Not every geographic area has produced multiple unicorns or any unicorns for that matter. Why is this a...

 

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Steve Blank joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss the Investment Readiness Level, IRL, including: How have incubator and accelerator investors traditionally evaluated startups & what’s changed that provides an opportunity for a much better approach? You talk about how the focus for startups should shift to evidence and trajectory across...

 

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Jon Medved of OurCrowd joins Nick to cover Crowdfunding & The Socialization of Finance. We will address questions including: Goldman Sachs recently published a report on the Socialization of Finance. Can you first talk about what they mean by this term and what are the key factors are that are...

 

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Rob Day of Black Coral Capital joins Nick to cover Cleantech. We will address questions including: As many in the venture space are aware the cleantech sector overall has underperformed over the last decade and many VCs and LPs have decided to no longer invest in Cleantech. Last year CBS’...

 

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Michael Goldberg of The Bridge Investment Fund joins Nick to cover Cross-Border Investing. We will address questions including: Can you first touch on the specific countries where you’ve either made investments or worked to help facilitate fundraising? What are the most significant challenges to cross-border, investing? Can you discuss the...

 

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Leo Polovets of Susa Ventures joins Nick to cover The Algorithm for Raise Amount & Valuation. We will address questions including: You’ve outlined three major steps in “The Algorithm for Seed Fundraising.” The first, is the amount of the raise and you cite revenues, expenses and timing as key variables....

 

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Mamoon Hamid of The Social+Capital Partnership joins Nick to cover SaaS Startup Investing. We will address questions including: In your words, can you describe what a SaaS startup is and the key elements that define a SaaS company? Can you give an example of what is and what is not...

 

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Eric Gasser joins Nick to discuss startup ecosystems and how his high-tech & high-touch screening process works at the Tech Coast Angels. We will address questions including: Can you start off by talking about the startup funding environment in San Diego a decade ago and where it has evolved to...

 

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As promised, today we are doing a comparison of the four major approaches by which earlier stage investors make venture investments. They include the lone-wolf angel investor, the angel group, the venture fund and the syndicate. We will be looking at categories such as fees, speed, dealflow access, decision autonomy,...

 

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Gil Penchina joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Syndicate Investing, including: Can you first provide an overview of your angel portfolio performance? Why is it that you decided not to raise a fund? How does the syndicate approach work on AngelList and why did you adopt this approach toward angel investing? How...

 

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Morris Wheeler & Mike Belsito join Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss raising & investing capital outside of the Valley, including: What are the key challenges to raising outside of the valley? Does Crowdfunding for equity lower the barriers to raising for smaller market startups What advice would you have for...

 

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David Brown joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss The Pitch Deck, including: Who is the target audience for the Pitch? Why is it preferred to a business plan? When is the right time for a startup to begin pitching for professional, seed capital? What are the basic elements of the...

 

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Joanne Wilson joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss predatory investor practices and the dark side of venure, including: On the founder-side…  What are some of the activities you’ve seen from early-stage investors, that are predatory toward founders? What are some of the major differences between investor practices of the mid-90’s...

 

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 4b of Best Practices for Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups, Overview: The Team, The Product The Market: Structuring the Deal...

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 4a of Best Practices for Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Dealflow Evaluation & picking startups, Overview: The Team, The Product, The Market, Structuring the Deal...

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Christopher Mirabile joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Angel Investing evolution and changes including: Can you briefly summarize the traditional Angel Group model from a decade ago and why it worked okay then? You highlight four major themes that have evolved with the modern angel group.  The first is...

 

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 3 of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Dealflow Evaluation & picking startups, and Structuring the Deal. Today we address item #3, Deal-flow, identifying startups to invest in.

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers part 2 of Best Practices for Seed Investing including: Overview of Seed Investing, Developing an Angel Investor Strategy, Identifying startups:  Deal-flow Evaluation & picking startups, and Structuring the Deal. Today we cover how to develop an angel investor strategy and next time we...

 

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Gabriel Weinberg joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss his lessons learned from five years of angel investing including: Can you first highlight the basic stats of your first few years angel investing? Talk about how you first set your basic strategy on angel investing? With regard to each item in...

 

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On this episode of The Full Ratchet Nick covers the first element of Best Practices for Seed & Angel Investing.  This series will be covered in five sections from before you begin until you are managing an active portfolio.  These sections include: Before you begin…  An Overview of Seed Investing...

 

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Rob Go joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss VC Portfolio Strategy including: What are the five main parameters that VCs consider with regards to portfolio strategy? From your standpoint, what is the single best strategy that a VC firm can employ? How is your portfolio strategy structured and why? As you watch...

 

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Jerry Neumann joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss non-Unicorn Investing including: Can you give us a brief overview of Aileen Lee’s study on Unicorns, the results and the lessons from those results? You mention two main VC strategies for investing in unicorns…  An easy way and a hard way...

 

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Imran Ahmad joins Nick on the Full Ratchet to discuss Due Diligence including: What is due diligence is and why it is performed? How is a due diligence plan constructed and who most often executes the plan? How long can the process take from first meet to investment? Diligence is often described...

 

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Dave Berkus joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to talk fundraise types & structures including: Can you start us off with a history of funding structures in venture capital and how they have evolved to where we are at today? Can you highlight the major categories of financing and when they are...

 

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Troy Henikoff joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to talk Startup Accelerators including: Can you start us off with an overview of what an accelerator is and how it differs from incubators? You mentioned that startups apply and go through a selection process.  Can you walk us through that process from...

 

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Erin Griffith joins Nick on the podcast to discuss venture in the media including: If you take a 30,000 foot look at the media environment what are the major categories of venture players within media? How has the mix of players changed in recent years? This certainly isn’t new, but...

 

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Category:Podcast Episodes -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

In this episode of The Full Ratchet, the Takeaways and Tips from Episodes 1 – 10 are recapped.  Every once in a while, review episodes will be released as listeners have requested.

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Ann Winblad joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss the stages of fundraising including: We often hear financings referred to as Seed, Series A, Series B, etc.  Can you start us off with a general overview of the stages, the amounts being raised and the average post-money valuations at each? What...

 

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Bill Payne joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss the Convertible Note including: What is a Convertible Note? What are it’s key elements and terms that are often negotiated? When did convertibles first begin to be used and why? Can you explain how the cap, discount and interest rate work? Can...

 

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Glenn Gottfried joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss early-stage advising including: When you first engage, where are startups at in the fundraising process? Let’s start with “The Where”…  Where do you find startups with strong-potential? Once you’ve identified a startup, what happens next in the initial engagement process? What is...

 

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Gabriel Weinberg joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss why most startups fail including: Many talk about how startups fail b/c of product or building a product.  You believe that the main source for startup failure, is for a different reason.  Tell us what that is. You’ve noted five mistakes that contribute...

 

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Brad Feld joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss the Term Sheet including: Economic Terms: Valuation Liquidation preference:  preference and participation Pay-to-play Vesting Employee pool and/or the option pool Anti-dilution Control Terms: Board of Directors & Board Observers Protective Provisions Drag-Along Agreement Conversion

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Michael Gruber joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Angel Groups, including: What is an angel group? What are the key functions of the Angel Group Leader or Coordinator? What value does an angel group provide to its investors? When investments are made, how are they typically organized? We’ve discussed...

 

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Jeffrey Carter (part 2) where we finish the discussion on Valuation and also address ethics, and the Midwest Venture Environment. 

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Jeffrey Carter  joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Valuation, including: Why is the valuation and price/share a critical deal term for investors to be well-informed about? What is the difference between a pre-money and post-money valuation and can you give us an example that illustrates what each would be...

 

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George Deeb joins Nick on the Full Ratchet to discuss investment criteria & evaluation of startups including: What key questions should a startup be able to answer, that precedes evaluation (ie. If a start-up can’t answer these questions, don’t waste your time evaluating)? At a high-level, what are the categories...

 

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Charlie O’Donnell joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss dealflow, including: What does the term “dealflow” mean? How do you find great startups?  Where are your main sources for dealflow and what is the percentage from each? Where do you tend to find the most startups in which you eventually...

 

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Howard Tullman joins Nick to cover key players in the Startup Ecosystem, including: Fund-of-Funds Placement Agents Fundraise Brokers Funding Platforms Accelerators Incubators Colocs / Co-working / Startup Hubs Media, Information & Event Outlets

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David S. Rose joins Nick in the third episode of The Full Ratchet to cover: Accreditation.  What is it?  How to get it?  Is it necessary? What are opportunities for the non-accredited currently and in the near-future? What’s the difference between an Angel and a VC? Characteristics required to be...

 

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Chris Yeh joins Nick on The Full Ratchet to discuss Venture Capital…  Angels, Funds & Entrepreneurs including:   What is venture capital? Where does venture capital fit as an asset class? What is the standard time it takes to get a return? How is it similar to & different from...

 

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In the first episode of The Full Ratchet, Nick covers: Why he’s doing the podcast What will be covered on the show and What listeners can expect

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