The Finance To Value Framework – AVC

There are two ‘Finance To Value’ rules:

  1. Don’t raise more money in a given financing round than you can create in incremental value during that capital window.
  2. Don’t let the post-money value of your round get higher than you can grow into during the capital window.

—Fred Wilson, in The Finance To Value Framework – AVC

FU (and your rights) Softbank! But will you please fund us a bit more, please!

In today’s news: Ola says fuck you to its biggest investor.

… a person close to Ola’s board said the co-founders and some smaller investors made the changes to specifically put restrictions on SoftBank.

Ola’s founders have strengthened their rights relative to SoftBank despite the fact that SoftBank has recently increased its stake in the company after pumping an additional $250 million into Ola in November.

SoftBank owns nearly 40% of Ola, which also counts Matrix Partners, Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, Steadview Capital, Accel Partners and others as investors.

Snapdeal effect? Ola restricts SoftBank rights, strengthens those of founders, May 18, 2017, at 06:34 PM

Also, in today’s news: Ola finding it hard to raise more funding

It is looking for more but funds have been tough to come by as potential investors have backed off from putting cash into an Uber rival in a sector that is yet to prove it can deliver profits.

VC – the visible bit vs the hard bit

Most people think that VC is all about the initial portfolio construction, selecting the companies to invest in.

…the other half. That includes actively managing the portfolio (board work, adding value, etc), it includes allocating capital to the portfolio in follow-on rounds, and it includes working to get exits. And it is that second part that is the harder part to learn how to do.

Reserves – AVC, January 8, 2017 at 01:49PM