We sold 30% of our company pre-money during our friends and family round. Will VCs care?


In the old days, 30% in your friends-and-family round was pretty common.

What VCs will want to make sure is that the founders are adequately incented going forward, and that the angels before them, as a group, don’t have control or blocking rights over future financings.

If you’ve sold > 50% of the company before any traditional money comes in, and/or given up any control rights … then most VCs will want to restructure things, one way or another.

But even then, they’ll just tell you.  “We’ll need to change X and Y before we can invest.”

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Published on November 14, 2015

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