the source of initial (or at least early-stage) funding for many companies, especially during the DotCom boom.
Jun'2003: Joel Spolsky on Fixing Venture Capital - [z2003-06-04-JoelVentureCapital]
Jul'2004: Brad Feld's standard calculations http://www.feld.com/blog/archives/2004/07/venture_capital.html
Aug'2007: spreadsheet on effects of various deal terms (liquidation preferences, etc.)
Jul'2010: how they calculate valuation.
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