Virtual Data Rooms: Everything You Need to Know

As the name suggests, a virtual data room, or as it is more frequently called, a “VDR,” is an online database in which companies can store and share confidential information, usually used during a financial transaction. It may also be described as a type of electronic repository or document filing system. With the ubiquitous reliance on computers and specialized software to keep a business running smoothly, coupled with the fact that more and more companies are making the transition to a completely paperless office, many of the previously document-heavy operational practices have been shifted to the virtual realm.

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How to Evaluate An Investor Using the Venture Capital Life Cycle

Venture capital (VC) has been and continues to be critical to the growth and success of countless startups. Most VC firms create impressive funds with a plan to invest in innovative business ideas, and have a lofty goal of selling those interests at a high return after about ten years. This may seem like a fairly long time, but it is actually a relatively short timeframe considering the typical length of a lot of other investment vehicles. One of the benefits of the VC life cycle is that it can help those seeking VC funding to assess prospective investors, and it is not overly cumbersome to perform this analysis. Depending on where the VC firm is in the cycle, startup leaders can get a pretty good sense of the firm’s strategy and performance, which will of course influence whether or not to pursue an investment from it. Here is a brief look into how one can evaluate an investor using the VC life cycle:

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How to Avoid Dangerous & Shady Investors

For fledgling startups generating a good amount of attention and interest, embarking on a fundraising round may bring out some prospective investors with less than ideal backgrounds and performances. With the meteoric success of more than a handful of startups over the last decade, investors from an array of industries are keen on bankrolling the next big thing. Unfortunately, this may mean that investors with rather questionable past dealings will try to get in on the action. Here is how to avoid dangerous and shady investors:

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How to Streamline Due Diligence Using a Virtual Deal Room

It is exciting for a company to finally get to the due diligence phase of a deal since so many deals fall apart well before that ever happens. Of course, it is also incredibly overwhelming because there is so much to consider and put together, and in many cases, there is only a brief window of time during which a lot has to happen. Most companies probably don’t give the due diligence process much thought until it is actually on the horizon, but this could end up destroying the deal.

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Tech's Favorite Deal Makers

Investments in the tech sector continue to be all the rage, with countless startups clamoring for venture capital funding and existing enterprises turning to the big guns in finance to guide them through extremely high value transactions. But, there are a handful of investment bankers, in particular, that have really made a name for themselves in Silicon Valley. Here are some of the top tech deal makers, although they are not listed in any particular order:

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Market Insights By The Numbers: March 4, 2016

 

Here is the March 5th issue of SecureDocs Virtual Data Room's Market Insights By the Numbers. A weekly review of top industry transactions, security news, insights into theSecureDocs Virtual Data Room, and a weekly wrap up of complementary resources, courtesy of SecureDocs. Enjoy!

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Tips For the First Time CFO Preparing For An IPO

Going public is an exciting, frightening, and overwhelming process. There is a lot for an executive team to consider before taking this leap. CFOs in particular take on a tremendous amount of responsibility when making this transition. Here are a few tips for CFOs embarking on their first IPO: 

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Fundraising in a Volatile Market

Last month, we discussed the importance of choosing the right venture capital partner. In light of the recent market turmoil, it seems appropriate to expand that discussion a bit. Here are additional considerations for companies seeking to raise funds in a volatile market:

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Why Biotech Startup Funding is on the Rise and Here to Stay

Biotech startup funding is better than you think, and funding growth could be here for the long term. No one can blame early stage biotech startups grumbling about the difficulties getting funded, especially when their challenges are contrasted with software startups.  Billion dollar valuations for software companies with no revenue have given way to deca billion dollar companies with no revenue.  Coupled with ongoing drumbeat of relentless cutting and restructuring R&  at almost all Big Pharma companies, it’s easy to wallow in a pessimistic swamp regarding early stage funding for life science startups, except for one thing:  Startup funding for Biotechs is blowing up.  Not only that, the long-term trend points to continued growth in early stage life science investment.  So what’s changed?

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Investment Banks are Targeted by Hackers-Why CFOs Should be Concerned

 

At the end of last summer, the WSJ blog commented on the number of financial institutions posting job ads for cyber security positions. Now that cyber security encompasses a broad range of issues and security breaches are disturbingly pervasive, it seems that investment banks are looking to hire tech-savvy information security personnel as a solution to protect their online systems. Which begs the question, is that in the best interest of the bank's clients?

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