Getting a seed round from a VC Series A funding from a seed venture capitalist.
Getting a seed round from a VC
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- So where I'd left off in the last video,
- we had kind of talked about the scenario
- where my buddies and I, we came up with this idea to sell socks online.
- We went to a rich investor we called an angel investor,
- who's usually kind of a rich uncle type of figure
- who gets excited by young guys innovating in the world.
- And we say hey, we need $5 million, he says sure enough.
- I think the idea you have, by itself
- or maybe some kind of prototype you might have made or something,
- that's worth $5 million.
- So I'll give you another $5 million of cash to kind of get started,
- rent some space, hire some people.
- And for that, since what you had was $5 million,
- that's what you're bringing to the table,
- I'm bringing $5 million cash to the table,
- I essentially get half the company.
- And the way that works is,
- it's not like we each gave him half of our shares.
- Instead, since we are the board of the company,
- we issue another million shares,
- so we double the share count and we give it to him.
- And this pre-money valuation is really, really important.
- Because if we had agreed-- if we said this wasn't five million,
- if we said this is, I don't know,
- if he is a hard negotiator and he says no,
- that's only worth a million dollars.
- And I'm going to give $5 million.
- So let me ask you, how many shares would we have to issue?
- So think about it.
- If he was a hard negotiator-- let me draw it down here,
- I don't want to mess up the issue-- because our idea--
- I mean it really is a hard thing to estimate
- what an idea is worth.
- So if he negotiates hard,
- at the end of the day, we're desperate.
- Financial markets have collapsed.
- So we'll take money from
- whoever is willing to give it to us.
- And we really want to quit our jobs.
- So he says that what we have right now,
- our idea is only worth a million dollars.
- And he's going to give us $5 million.
- So how many shares do we have to give him?
- This right here, this is a million shares.
- That's what we started off with.
- So when he says that what we have right now is worth a million dollars,
- he's essentially saying
- that it's worth a dollar per share.
- So my 200,000 shares are worth $200,000
- according to his valuation.
- Up here, we said that what we had before was worth $5 million
- in the previous video.
- If what we had before is worth $5 million
- and there were a million shares initially,
- then the pre-money valuation
- --or actually it's the valuation either pre- or post-money--
- would be $5 per share.
- And in the $5 per share world,
- what we did was we issued another million shares
- and sold them for $5 million.
- Or we sell them for $5 per share to get the $5 million.
- And so, we ended up with a 50/50 split of the company.
- This is the angel investor, and this is all of us down here,
- and all of this is equity.
- No debt, no liabilities just yet.
- Now in this reality, if he's valuing what we have right now
- at essentially $1 per share--he says it's worth a million dollars,
- you have a million shares, it's $1 per share.
- In order for him to give $5 million,
- he's essentially going to buy $5 million worth of stock at $1 per share.
- So he's essentially going to need five million shares.
- And notice, in the situation up here-- before,
- when I have 200,000 shares-- well, when I had 1/5 of $5 million--
- when I had 1/5 of $5 million,
- the value of my shares was $1 million, right?
- And then when I have 1/10 of two million shares,
- I still have 1/10 of $10 million of total asset value,
- because now he threw in his $5 million.
- And so my share is still worth $1 million.
- I have 1/10 of ten million
- as opposed to 1/5 of five million.
- In this situation I used to have 1/5 of one million,
- which would be $200,000.
- And now I have 200,000 over
- --how many total shares are there now?--
- there are now six million shares.
- So now I have 1/60--is that right?
- I now have 200,000 over six million.
- That's 6,000 thousands, that cancels out.
- I now own 1/30 of the company.
- Before I had 1/5.
- And we're valuing it at six million
- because I have a million here and five million here-- times six million.
- And so, what's 1/30 of six million.
- 6/30 is equal to 1/5 of a million
- so this is still $200,000.
- So no matter what I do,
- between the pre-money and the post-money valuation,
- my per share value doesn't change any.
- And I wanted to show you that.
- But this matters a lot, right?
- Because based on what this pre-money valuation is
- it tells us how many shares,
- or what percentage of the company,
- our angel investor gets for investing his $5 million.
- In this case he gets 5/6 of the company, what is that?
- Five times-- that's like 80% of the company.
- I think, roughly, and we are left with the other
- -- no, 1/6 is, no it's more than 80%, it's like 84%--
- and we're left with, like, 16% of the company.
- So it's a very different scenario
- depending on what our pre-money valuation is.
- And of course the pre-money valuation is just--
- you just take the pre-money valuation
- plus the amount of cash they're giving us.
- That's post-money valuation, right?
- The amount of money you get.
- Pre-money and then post-money, you add the money in,
- and that's where you get the $6 million valuation.
- Fair enough.
- I think I've beaten this horse dead now.
- I think you have a good sense of it.
- Let's say that we end up lucky.
- The guy wasn't a hard negotiator
- and we ended up with that first situation.
- So let me redraw it.
- So now if I were to draw the assets of this corporation,
- at least at the time of that guy's investment,
- where the very intangible asset, we called it the idea,
- now has a value, $5 million.
- And we have some cash, we have $5 million in cash.
- And then, if we do the shares
- --let me do that in another box--
- there you go, there are the shares.
- And of that share, we have 2 million shares outstanding.
- I have one million to the angel investor,
- so he has 50% of the shares.
- And just because I like to keep track of my slice,
- there's 200,000 shares that go to Sal.
- Fair enough.
- Now, obviously the whole point of this
- wasn't just to negotiate, raise money and quit our jobs.
- The whole point of this was to start a business.
- So let's say we take this $5 million
- and we start hiring people.
- And really our first step is to build out our website,
- and just kind of have a working site going.
- So let's say we burn through $4 million of that
- and we built a site.
- So let's say we only have a million dollars left--
- this is maybe six months in the future we all quit our jobs.
- We got some fancy loft-like office space.
- We got a Foosball table.
- And we also built a website,
- we hired some graphic designers and things.
- And so, we burned through most of our cash,
- and we're starting to get a little bit worried,
- because we haven't made a profit yet.
- But we have a neat website.
- Something that-- when we went to the angel investors
- we just had an idea, a business plan,
- we just had-- hopefully we had our charisma
- and we were able to sell the guy on the idea.
- He thought we were going to be
- the next dominant sock player in the world.
- But now we actually built something.
- We took his money and,
- as promised, we built a nice website.
- And now, we need to raise more money.
- One, because we've hired 50 people.
- And this million dollars isn't going to last us too long.
- And that would be a shame.
- To run out of cash just when we're getting off the ground.
- We now actually have a real website
- and offices and all of that.
- And we want to raise some money
- because we want to put up some AdWords on Google,
- so people know about our site.
- We want to spend, you know,
- a couple million dollars for a Super Bowl ad,
- so people know that they can get socks online now.
- So we have to raise more money.
- And now at this stage,
- we would go back to the venture capital community.
- But we wouldn't go to the angels.
- The angels are the guys who like the big picture,
- who want just to kind of throw some money into an early idea.
- It's usually a relatively small amount.
- Actually, $5 million would be a large amount for an angel.
- We want to go to kind of real professional VC's now.
- And what we would do is we would go to a seed VC.
- So seed VCs are kind of the first round.
- And each round is kind of,
- every time you have to go back to the till to raise money,
- that's kind of a round of financing.
- But seed investors-- so there's a lot of words for it--
- but seed investors are usually VC investors
- who are actual professionals at what they do.
- They're actually managing other people's money.
- And we'll do another video on how they raise that money,
- and it's very related to how private equity confirms,
- and hedge funds also raise their money.
- But they're usually managing other people's money,
- while an angel investor is usually, you know,
- he's just sitting on top of a big pile of money and likes to play with it.
- So they're managing other people's money,
- and they tend to have some fancy MBAs that they just hired,
- who will make models and do projections,
- and negotiate a little bit harder with you
- when you're actually trying to get a value on your business.
- But we have to go to these guys.
- Now they have some value.
- They'll connect us with other dudes.
- And they have experience starting businesses.
- They can introduce us to
- other people who have done similar things.
- And all the rest-- help us network,
- and help us manage the business.
- So we go to a venture capitalist,
- and we get the door closed a lot of times on us.
- But one venture capitalist,
- one seed venture capitalist finally comes to us.
- And the terminology can be a little ambiguous here,
- but we'll call it our Series A financing.
- Series A.
- Sometimes it'll be called your seed financing,
- but we'll call it Series A because we want to formalize it.
- And just so you know,
- the A is because it's our first real formal round of financing.
- In our second round, which I'll do probably in the next video,
- it will be Series B, and then Series C,
- and then Series D.
- Every time we run out of cash,
- we want to go back to the till.
- We've already done a Series A, now we want to do a Series B,
- and a Series C, and so forth and so on.
- And eventually we'll hopefully get to some type of an IPO,
- which I'll talk about it the next video.
- Because I just realized I'm out of time again.
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