How much of a $100 million investment would the VC expect the startup to be spending each month?

$3m-$4m a month.

In a large round, everyone is going to get nervous if it can’t (x) in practice last 24 months and (y) in theory, last forever. Everyone in a large round wants to believe the company, worse case, won’t have to raise again pre-IPO.

$3m-$4m a month for now, with the potential to slowly ratchet that down in a year if the plan comes up a bit short, gives you a lot of runway with $100m.

Some will spend much less, and hold onto it for a warchart. A handful will spend more ($5m+) and go for broke. It’s not uncommon for a start-up at this phase to burn $50m or even $100m a year before IPO’ing (although then, of course, you need to raise more than $100m!).

But a late stage round should last 24+ months, with a chance to stretch out far long worst-case, to make everyone comfortable.

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Published on August 21, 2018

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