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What are Term Sheets?
A term sheet is a document presented to a company by an angel investor or venture capital investor who is considering an investment in your company. The terms stated in the term sheet are typically non-binding. In this sense, a term sheet is similar to a letter of intent. The term sheet provides a blueprint of the proposed investment, containing specific information regarding the conditions that the investor would expect the company to abide by in the event of the investor’s capital investment. Term sheets are often likened to a prenuptial agreement in a marriage.
Understanding the Parts of a Term Sheet
Term sheets typically contain a great deal of important information, set out in three specific sections:
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Seed Money: What Is It?
Seed money is used to fund the earliest stages of a new business, potentially up to the point of launching your product. Seed money may come from a variety of sources, including debt and equity offerings. Usually, an investor will exchange money in exchange for some equity or share in the company. The seed money is intended to support the early operations of the business until it begins to create a profit, or is ready for additional investors.
Common uses of seed money include the following:
Market and demographic research.
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The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, is a law signed into effect by President Obama in 2012, designed to promote the growth of jobs in small businesses. Its goal is to make it easier for startups to raise the money and equity they need to grow, and give startups and small businesses more access to capital.
Why Is the JOBS Act Important?
The JOBS Act has seven sections overall, but three key sections are pertinent to investors.
Title II allows public advertisements of securities offerings to accredited investors.
Title III opens the door to equity crowdfunding directed at the general public and gives non-accredited investors more opportunities to invest in startups.
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What Is a Down Round?
A "down round" is a round of financing where investors pay less for the company's stock than the previous investors. If it happens to your company, it doesn't mean the end times are coming, but it is a major wake-up call and a sign that something needs to change.
The companies that can go through down rounds are startups and other private businesses that don't trade stocks on a public exchange. With no public trading, they sell stock in rounds to private investors. Since a stock exchange can't set the company's value, the company and the investors have to work out their value instead. And when this sets the company's value to lower than it was before, it creates a down round.
Why Is a Down Round Important?
In an ideal world, every round brings in more money, since the business is always growing and expanding. However, sometimes a business can't grow. Other times, investors overval