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Advice about Term Sheets - David Frankel (Venture Panel)
Date: 5/1/2007
Length: 1 minutes
Speaker(s): David Frankel
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: David Frankel, Founding Partner at Altirah Capital, discusses term sheets and how to structure a venture capital deal. Frankel suggests that when raising money an entrepreneur should 1) Favor VCs with simple term sheets, 2) Retain
an experienced startup lawyer and 3) Explore any unfamiliar terms.

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Advice about Term Sheets - David Frankel (Venture Panel)
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Summary: David Frankel, Founding Partner at Altirah Capital, discusses term sheets and how to structure a venture capital deal. Frankel suggests that when raising money an entrepreneur should 1) Favor VCs with simple term sheets, 2) Retain
an experienced startup lawyer and 3) Explore any unfamiliar terms. Watch More
Cautions about Raising Too Much Money - David Frankel (Venture Panel)
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Summary: David Frankel, Founding Partner at Altirah Capital, cautions against raising too much money in an early round for two reasons. First, if things go poorly and the firm receives a lower valuation in the next round (down round) then
substantially funding the venture will be difficult. Second, if you raise an appropriate amount of money in an early round and things go well you can always raise more money in a later round at a higher valuation. Watch More
Creating Real Value: Substance over Form When Raising Money - Michael Cline (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Michael Cline, Founding Partner at Accretive Technology Partners, reminds entrepreneurs that when raising money they should not let the form of the presentation?the showmanship?overwhelm their substance, which is in essence how
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How Much Money to Raise? - Michael Cline (Venture Panel)
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How to Attract Great Talent - Tom Friel (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Tom Friel, Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles, discusses the challenges of building a great team and suggests that startups can attract great talent with a number of factors, including money, self-fulfillment, belief in the
mission or belief in the founder. Friel argues that to attract and retain great talent, entrepreneurs should be generous with at least one or more of these factors and sufficient on the others. Furthermore, Friel adds only a great team can
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How to Pick a Venture Partner - Jason Green (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Jason Green, Founding Partner at Emergence Capital, speaks on how to select a venture partner. Green emphasizes that selecting a VC is a long-term partnership commitment and encourages entrepreneurs to pay attention to four things
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Leadership Is the Scarce Input for a Startup - Tom Friel (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Tom Friel, Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles, discusses the three fundamental inputs into a startup: people, capital and an idea. Friel argues that people, particularly leaders, are the scarce commodity and are more valuable than
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Managing the Tradeoff between Venture Partner and Financial Terms - Michael Cline (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Michael Cline, Founding Partner at Accretive Technology Partners, suggests that when fundraising, the venture partner is much more important than the financial terms. However, Cline qualifies this advice by suggesting that you
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Option Pools and Sharing Wealth with the Team - Jason Green (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Jason Green, Founding Partner at Emergence Capital, suggests that outside Silicon Valley entrepreneurs may need to approach the fundraising process differently simply because there are fewer VCs and less capital available
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Summary: Tom Friel, Chairman of Heidrick and Struggles, suggests that frequently in entrepreneurial ventures replacing the founder CEO with an experienced CEO is needed for the venture to scale and grow. Friel argues that perhaps the
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Setting Valuation - Jason Green (Venture Panel)
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Summary: Jason Green, Founding Partner at Emergence Capital, describes the common situation of an entrepreneur raising money and receiving questions about the expected valuation for the startup. Green argues that one of the biggest
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Using Agents to Help Raise Money - Jason Green, Tom Friel (Venture Panel)
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Venture Funding Challenges in Emerging Economies - David Frankel (Venture Panel)
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What to Expect and to Avoid in Term Sheets - David Frankel (Venture Panel)
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Summary: David Frankel, Founding Partner at Altirah Capital, offers his advice about what entrepreneurs should expect and what they should avoid in the term sheets offered by VCs when raising money. Frenkel suggests that entrepreneurs
should expect VCs to have liquidation preferences, pre-emptive rights, first refusal rights, anti-dilution rights, board member seats, CEO replacement rights and full disclosure. In contrast, Frenkel suggests entrepreneurs should not accept a
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Summary: Jason Green, David Frankel and Michael Cline, the Founding Partners at Emergence Capital, Altirah Capital and Accretive Technology Partners respectively, discuss the qualities of VCs and investors who add value to the business.
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conscience and help connect the startup to customers. Finally, Green suggests that entrepreneurs should do reference checks on their investors to ensure they make the right partnerships. Watch More

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