Could the company have created a “dirty cap table?”

By Dave Berkus, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels

Oh, I know. When an entrepreneur started the business, s/he took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get  started.  Of course, that worked at the time.  But…

Enter the need for larger investments

When an entrepreneur seeks professional investors, whether organized angels or venture capitalists, one of the early questions asked is “How have you financed the business so far?”  Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses. … Read the rest

Think ahead when raising early investment rounds

By Dave Berkus, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels

Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds.  Sooner or later you may need to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment.… Read the rest