Is it standard practice for a venture capital firm to require its partners to not invest in startups without first giving the firm the chance to invest?

It varies.

  • Some firms simply prohibit personal / angel investing altogether. This is cleanest.
  • Some firms prohibit personal / angel investor in the subject areas the firm invests in.
  • Some firms have a “the firm has to pass” rule.
  • Some firms have a de minimus threshold. E.g., if the investment is < $50k, it’s OK, if it’s greater than that, it has to be through the fund. This is what we do.

So as is often the case, there is no single rule.

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Published on October 11, 2017

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