TechAviv Founder & Investor Roundtable Discussion on Fundraising (Dec 20, 2018) - Questions
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1What is a fair range of secondary to take in an A, B, C+ financing round?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymousTechAviv Members:

Add your fundraising questions for VCs/Angels/Founders here. We will use some of these at the TechAviv Founder & Investor Roundtable discussion on Dec 20th in Tel Aviv.

Yaron
yaron@techaviv.com
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2What is the first thing an investor looks at in a founder at the first pitch meeting?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What are different ways investors politely respond when they really mean "no"?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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What do Israeli VCs and Angels really think about SAFEs / Convertible notes?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2When is the right time to raise a seed, A and B round?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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When VCs say they must own 20% of the company, why and do they REALLY mean?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Do VCs talk amongst themselves about a startup that is pitching them?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2What are some examples of sneaky questions VCs ask founders to test us or our character?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What are the typical 3-5 questions every VC asks a founder during a pitch meeting?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Are VCs friends or competitors with each other? Is there a lot of jealously and bad blood?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2What's an example of a "messed up cap table" that VCs wont touch?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Whats the best way to tell a partner at a firm that you prefer working with another partner at the firm?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Are partners at VC firms competitive with each other?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymousTechAviv Founders & Investors Roundtable
Dec 20th, 5:30pm Tel Aviv
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What do VCs do with the investor decks we send them? Do they share them with their portfolio cos.?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What do investors think about cloud-based investor decks that track their opening/reading?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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3What are the top questions a founder should ask a VC?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymousDetails & Registeration
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1What are the 3 main criteria (in order of priority) you evaluate in an early-stage startup?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2What was your biggest mistake as a VC so far?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What % of my company should I sell to investors in a pre-seed and seed round?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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How do VCs view accelerators?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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3What valuations are you seeing for pre-seed, seed and Series A financings in Israel these days?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1Give an example of when a founder, of an otherwise good company, really blew it at a pitch meeting.Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1Whats the funniest thing that ever happened at a pitch meeting?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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3Whats the most worst, best or most memorable pitch meeting you've ever had?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Have you ever directly or in-directly fired a founding CEO? If so, why? How do you decide?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1To VCs: Who do you consider your customer - founders or LPs? AngelI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1To VCs: How do you prioritize your time?AngelI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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If your fund is about to expire but a portfolio founder doesn't want to sell, how do you handle?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1Do you think it makes sense that a startup pays their VC's legal bills for a financing? Why?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1How much money does a VC typically make (personally) from their management fees?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1How do Israel VCs view female founders?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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What do you do if you think the idea/market/company is great, but the CEO is not the right fit?FounderI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1How often do founders break the "no shop" rule in Israel?VCI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Have you ever signed a term sheet and then not invested in a startup? If so, what happened?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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3What KPIs do VCs look for in a Seed vs Series A round? Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2What are examples of predatory terms that should no longer be accepted in financing docs?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1Are you seeing no-cap SAFEs / CLAs anymore? Is 20% discount still typical?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Should I accept a term sheet with tranches?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Who are the best funds to sell secondary to?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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How do you know when your VC has given up on your company? Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What is the worst and best thing an investor has done for your company?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What do you really think about Israeli VCs vs US VCs?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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If there's a recession in the US next year, what impact do you expect on valuations and your ability to fundraise?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What do vc consider an acceptable ceo salary?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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2What bias, if any, do you have for founder gender, age, heritage, location, school, army service? Be honest!Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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How do you feel about single founder startups?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1What do you think of taking option pools out of post-money rather than pre-money so we all dilute equally?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Why should a term sheet have an expiration date?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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1Do you ever take participating preferred or other non-standard liquidation preferences? If so, which and how do you justify? Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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Why should founders have 4 year vesting and cliff from first financing round rather than founding date?Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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B2C in a "gain users, monitize later" model (e.g. Waze, Moovit), recently started (i.e. so no product yet) - how do we raise our first $500K to get us off the ground? Founder & CEOI've invested $50K - $1MVCs & AngelsAnonymous
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