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ISBN-13: 978-1587620683 ISBN-10: 1587620685 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Bigwig Briefs
  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Aspatore Books; First Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587620685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587620683
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This primer should be required reading for every entrepreneur. It is short, authoritative and worth its weight in gold." --- Murray Low, Executive Director, Columbia Business School, Eugene M. Lang Center for Entrepreneurship

"An invaluable resource for executives and financial professionals." --- Graham D.S. Anderson, General Partner, EuclidSR Partners

"A valuable resource for entrepreneurs..." --- Jeffrey Donohue, Esq.

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If you fail to fully understand terms sheet details or structures, you need this book.
K. Huber
I highly recommend this book to every entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and executive of every level-it is a MUST have on your bookshelf as a timeless reference.
Dan Simmons
I was very impressed with this book, as it provides an ACTUAL term sheet with line by line wording for entrepreneur favorable, investor favorable and neutral.
Tim Walters

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By dean_from_sa on August 18, 2003
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When I first received this book, I was disappointed because of its short length (106 pages). I could not have been more wrong, the book is very comprehensive. I bought this book because I was involved in a Private Equity transaction on the entrepreneur side of the transaction. We had received a term sheet from the investor and I needed to get educated about this stage of the transaction. The investor that submitted the term sheet was not using one of the 5 typical formats, so Wilmerding's approach of describing the various clauses in the term sheet and the effects on the parties was of critical importance to our transaction. As the other reviewers have mentioned, the author describes the various clauses as investor favorable, middle of the road, or company favorable. This approach was helpful in developing several ideas for "push backs" in our negotiation. The author also helped highlight "red flags" to be aware of and described their significance. The author also highlights where it is important to retain experienced council to avoid legal pitfalls.
This book is a step by step cookbook for navigating the first critical steps in each round of financing a new company will do. Ignore his advice at your own financial peril.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Dan Simmons on June 20, 2002
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This is a first rate book-regardless if you are a seasoned venture capitalist or first time entrepreneur. Having been a venture capitalist for 22 years now, the term sheet in this book is boilerplate-but it is 1 of the 4 boilerplate term sheets every legitimate lawyer/venture capitalist uses as a term sheet-and available for the first time ever in the "public domain." In addition, what makes the book so valauble is the line by line wording and analysis for entrepreneur favorable, investor favorable and neutral. I highly recommend this book to every entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and executive of every level-it is a MUST have on your bookshelf as a timeless reference.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Edward Koliver on June 18, 2002
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An excellent book for beginners, but lacking an in-depth analysis of why term sheet are built in a certain way. Most of the content is boilerplate and useful for somebody that has never seen a deal term sheet. The comparative approach on content is good. For the price, it is a good shelf acquisition, though.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carlos N. Velez on June 10, 2003
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The author takes standard term sheets and analyzes each key section according to what is investor favorable, company favorable, or neutral. This is a great approach, as it enables to explore the potential extremes in a term sheet section.
The examples are indeed boilerplate, but it nevertheless serves as an excellent introduction to term sheets. I've been able to apply the concepts discussed in the book to the analyses of term sheets at our firm...a testament to this book's utility. Overall, an excellent value.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Clark on October 10, 2001
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I would spend $1,000 for this book - simply put. Even though I am a VC, I was completely awe struck by the detailed information on raising capital, term sheets and valuations this book presented. Besides having great insight into raising venture capital, the highlight of the book is clearly an actual term sheet, put together by one of the leading law firms, with line by line descriptions of what the wording means and actual "legal wording" for "investor favorable," "entrepreneur favorable," and "neutral" terms. This is information you pay $20,000 for with your lawyers. This book is a must have for any entrepreneur, venture capitalist or financial executive.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2003
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After having this book referred to me by about 7 of my venture capital friends I decided to take a look. Well, I was very impressed as this is the first venture capital book I have seen to provide a true insider's perspective. This book literally tells you exactly the wording you need to use to make the section applicable to you - whether you are a:
Venture Capitalist
Entrepreneur
Lawyer
Etc.
Look at the below section and the detail it provides (you should note the book itself goes on to explain what this entire section means and what each section specifically does):
(4) Conversion: [Investor Favorable, Middle of the Road and Company Favorable are the same.]
The holders of the Series [A] Preferred shall have the right to convert the Series [A] Preferred, at any time, into shares of Common Stock. The initial conversion rate shall be 1:1, subject to adjustment as provided below.
(5) Automatic Conversion:
Investor Favorable:
The Series [A] Preferred shall be automatically converted into Common Stock, at the then applicable conversion price, (i) in the event that the holders of at least two thirds of the outstanding Series [A] Preferred consent to such conversion or (ii) upon the closing of a firmly underwritten public offering of shares of Common Stock of the Company at a per share price not less than [3 times the Original Purchase Price] per share and for a total offering with net proceeds to the Company of not less than $40 million (a "Qualified IPO").
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