Venture Capital

the source of initial (or at least early-stage) funding for many companies, especially during the DotCom boom.

Sometimes driven by the rush to push pseudo-companies into the hands of Wall St via IPO to cash out before the music stops.

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.

scary horror story: Charles H Ferguson's HighStakesNoPrisoners ISBN:0812931432 (also relates to Microsoft, since Ferguson's Vermeer created MsFrontPage, which led Microsoft to buy them)


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