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Apply for Angel Funding from an Investor’s Perspective

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015
11:45 AM – 2:00 PM
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP (map)
155 Seaport Blvd Boston, MA 02210 

Not all angel groups are created equal. Hear from the leaders of the top angel groups in Boston on where to begin when you are approaching angel groups. Learn what to expect when you approach angel groups and how to make your application and pitch stand out.

 Questions answered will include:
How do you approach angel groups?
What are the most important parts of the application?
What is the best way to prepare for your pitch to an angel group?
What about the JOBs act and the new solicitation rules, how does that change the landscape?
Experts:

 

 

AMA with Christopher Mirabile & TCN: The JOBS Act & You

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“This is cool new stuff. There will ultimately be a long-term role for both types of crowdfunding. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an investor, it is important to understand the tradeoffs and decide whether you can live with them.”
—Christopher Mirabile, Chair-Elect, ACA (Inc. Magazine, 2015)

To get you excited for the Capital Network’s JOBS Act Roundtable on Tuesday, April 28, we hosted a Reddit AMA with Christopher Mirabile, the chairman-elect of the Angel Capital Association and the co-founder of portfolio management tool Seraf. Mirabile is also the co-managing director of Launchpad Venture Group, a venture investment group focused on seed and early-stage investments in technology-oriented companies.

Our goal was to offer two complementary but different events, designed to open the conversation to an even broader audience on this topic.

Among the many questions asked, one included whether the JOBS act was good and bad, to which Mirabile responded:

The JOBS act has really not changed enough yet to affect the average investor in either a good or bad way, but it may over time. If the SEC allows for broad-based equity crowdfunding in risky startups without meaningful disclosure or limits, that might, ironically end up being bad for investors in the long run, depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, arguably everyone should have the right to invest in anything they want (freedom is good etc.), but on the other hand, the SEC was created to protect investors from those deliberately looking to take advantage of them. Historically, disclosure and public information has been the solution and the small number of exempt deals allowed to be done without disclosure was limited to investors believed to be capable of withstanding the loss. Read more…

Catch up on the entire Reddit thread!

Missed your chance to ask your questions? Don’t forget to RSVP to the roundtable on Tuesday to meet Mirabile and Tom Powers of Nutter McClennen & Fish.

Come to Terms with Angel & Venture Term Sheets

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This limited-seat luncheon brings some of Boston’s most experienced attorneys to provide two hours of deep instruction to entrepreneurs struggling to understand the complexity of high growth investments. Sample terms sheets will be provided and analyzed.

Working lunch programs are hosted by TCN’s professional service sponsors to provide tactical level information designed to accelerate the fundraising process.

Experts:

Will Perkins – Morgan Lewis

Jason Rodriguez – Morgan Lewis

Stefan Lefebvre – Morgan Lewis

TCN On Air: How Can Founders Workbench Work for You?

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TCN On Air: How Can Founders Workbench Work for You?

Navigating the legal and logistical set up of your company can be a real headache and can also be expensive.

We understand building a business can be daunting. It’s important to make sure you have everything set up from the beginning and you want to have good working legal documents BUT there are ways you can information, get things up and running and navigate the process without spending a ton of money up front.

Founders Workbench is a resource to help ease the process, with legal documents, resources, and more.

Join us for an in depth look at how you can use this resource to get your company up and running and operating.

Experts:

Ian Engstrand, Goodwin Procter

Click here to see the video

Venture Fast Track

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Led by leading experts in the field of startup financing, the limited-seat Fast Track is an intensive, interactive full-day seminar designed to provide entrepreneurs and investors an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early-stage capital for a startup.
The TCN Venture Fast Track is a dynamic, fast-track version of TCN’s comprehensive roundtables and expert lunches. So if you want an invigorating refresher, or are new to TCN events, this is that event.







Know Your Valuation for Equity Compensation (and avoid the perils of 409a)

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If you are a CEO or a CFO of a high growth startup, it is vital to understand how to value your company correctly.

Here is a quick list of questions this lunch will help you answer:

Do you offer or are you planning to offer your employees stock options? Do you know the difference between ISOs and non-ISOs? Do you understand the general valuation concepts and approaches that the IRS has outlined, especially as they apply to early-stage companies? Did you know that if you run afoul of the 409A rules, your employees could have an unpleasant tax surprise and that some of that responsibility could revert back to you as the employer? Do you know if and when you need to engage an outside expert to assist with a valuation?

This is a limited seat lunch to teach issues of valuation for equity compensation and ask specific questions about your company.

Experts:

Alicia Amaral, Scalar Analytics

Scott Goodwin, Wolf & Company

 

Calculate Financial Projections for Investment Presentations

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Thursday, January 29th , 2015

11:45 AM – 2:00 PM

WeWork Fort Point,  (map)

51 Melcher St, Boston

Join our experts in an overview discussion of financial projections. Learn the key metrics that will get investors to notice you, as well as those that will get you rejected. If you have no idea where to begin with your financial projections, this program is for you.

Experts –

Heather Onstott, Launch Capital

Heather Shanahan, VentureAdvisors

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Come to Terms with Angel and Venture Term Sheets

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This limited-seat luncheon brings some of Boston’s most experienced attorneys to provide two hours of deep instruction to entrepreneurs struggling to understand the complexity of high growth investments. Sample terms sheets will be provided and analyzed.

Working lunch programs are hosted by TCN’s professional service sponsors to provide tactical level information designed to accelerate the fundraising process.

Experts:

Will Perkins – Morgan Lewis

Jason Rodriguez – Morgan Lewis

TCN on Air: Breaking Down Strategic Investment for Life Science

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There are many routes to funding your life science startup. One way to get to the next step in the early stages is through strategic investments with industry partners. In this online interactive Google hangout, we will look at how a strategic investment differs from regular financial investments such as angels or VCs, and how this can both negatively and positively impact your company. It will also discuss who potential strategics are, their motivation, as well as the recent trends in strategic investment.

If you are looking for alternative routes to funding, this is the hangout for you!
Expert:

Ryan Sansom – Goodwin Procter

Check out the video here:

Follow along with the slides here:

Quick Patenting Strategies for Startups

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