Structuring Early Venture Rounds When the Goal is an IPO
This article was originally published in Start Up
In order to sustain the long expensive trek to an IPO, the terms of the first round venture financing should be structured to permit (and even encourage) multiple subsequent financing rounds prior to the IPO.
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