Recent Posts by Cassity Ming

New SecureDocs Feature: Introducing Built-In Electronic Signature

SecureDocs is pleased to announce our new built-in electronic signature feature. We are the only data room on the market with electronic signature that is built-into the software. No clunky integrations, just seamless efficiency to help you get your deal completed faster, and corporate agreements executed immediately.

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The Best Venture Capital Books of The Decade for Entrepreneurs

For those new to the world of startups and venture capital, there is so much to learn, but there may not be much time to get up to speed. Obviously, a quick search online will bring up all sorts of news websites, blogs, companies, law firms, and so on. These various industry insiders and experts will no doubt offer some useful information about the many nuances of venture capital. But, knowing where to look and what to trust is a whole different story. Thus, here are some of the best venture capital books for entrepreneurs:

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Understanding Investor Control in Startup Fundraising Contracts

Venture capitalists (VCs) who are considering making an investment in a startup or other innovative venture are generally concerned about control provisions in order to keep an eye on their investments and comply with certain tax statutes. Although VCs normally own less than 50% of a company, they usually negotiate special control provisions to ensure that they have an adequate say in important matters or when certain things might happen to the business, such as liquidation or going public. Here are some ways that investors retain control:

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6 Tips for an Irresistable Investor Pitch

An all-star investor pitch could be your golden ticket. Unfortunately, it can also be what crushes your dreams and makes sure they never become a reality. Either way, the investor pitch is the crucial piece that determines the fate of your company. So how do you make sure to create a pitch that is exactly what your potential investors are looking for? Here we will share with you six tips to make your pitch irresistible to investors.

 

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Why Startups Need To Understand Liquidation Prefrences

There's a real danger when it comes to accepting investments in your startup if you're not careful. Many entrepreneurs are over the moon when they receive a high valuation and an influx of money. It's hard not to be - after all, it probably feels like all of their hard work has paid off. But it hasn't, not yet. The mistake many startup owners make is not paying attention to the contract's liquidation preferences. There are investors out there who will include liquidation preferences in the contract that are extremely beneficial to them - and extremely detrimental to the startup's founders.

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4 Ways to Design a Better Investor Presentation

Putting together a pitch is an important component of any fundraising round, and slapping a bunch of wordy content into a slide deck will not suffice. The team responsible for crafting and delivering the pitch must ensure that the presentation will convey the right mix of facts, figures, and high level vision. It is pretty common knowledge that people do not have much of an attention span these days, so capturing investors’ attention from the outset is of the utmost importance. Here are 4 ways to design a better investor presentation:

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Useful Questions to Ask Before Due Diligence

A lot of the information that is currently available regarding due diligence relates to the actual investigation process and the type of information that prospective investors will request and review. However, for a company that is looking to sell, there is quite a bit that has to happen before it will even get to this point. It is never wise to try to embark on a sale of your company and subject yourselves to an external due diligence investigation without first engaging in a bit of internal due diligence. Here are some important questions to ask yourself about due diligence beforehand to avoid succumbing to a potentially disastrous situation:

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Designing Secure Networks: Identifying and Mitigating Cybersecurity Threats [WEBINAR]

 

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Why Startups That Ignore Liquidation Preferences Are Making a Massive Mistake

There are a lot of confusing terms tossed around during funding discussions, although most people likely ignore a good number of them. Unfortunately, there is usually a disproportionate focus on one particular piece of the equation, which of course is the valuation. There is no denying the importance of valuation, but it should not be obsessed over to the exclusion of some of the other terms, many of which can and will have significant consequences on a company in the long run. A particularly important example of this is the inclusion of liquidation preferences. Investors are obviously keen on the addition of liquidation preferences, although they may end up being rather detrimental to the business. Here are some reasons that liquidation preferences may prove problematic:

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The Remarkable Role of Middle Managers in M&A

The M&A process can be very stressful for everyone involved, whether they have an active role in the transaction or not. As the executive team is busy juggling relationships and paperwork, company employees are usually worried about whether they will still have a job once everything is said and done. If a company is not careful with how it conducts the process and communicates with its staff, morale and productivity may take quite a hit during the transition.

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