Category Archives: Venture Capital

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IoT Startups & Exits: CEOs & Investors Share Wins, Trade Scars

On Wednesday May 31st, the Boston Foley & Lardner office hosted the third installment of the Boston/New England IoT Meetup series. The Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on the vast network of devices connected to the internet, which collect and exchange data.  The event was widely attended by both entrepreneurs and investors from various parts … Continue reading this entry

Tips for Expanding Your Investor Network from Coast to Coast

With a competitive marketplace, new technology companies may find that they need more capital to accelerate their company’s growth. The question becomes how to effectively approach investors outside the company’s geographical market. At FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, Liam Donohue, co‑founder and managing partner of Boston-based .406 Ventures; Ned Schwartz, partner of Ohio‑based Drive Capital; Tasha Seitz, … Continue reading this entry

How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more likely to bet on the next big idea. Not surprisingly, many of the city’s successful startups take on those same practical Midwest … Continue reading this entry

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both practical and instinctual, investors tend to direct their capital to nearby companies. While it may be an uphill battle to obtain funding outside … Continue reading this entry

Pitch Perfect: Eight Insights for an Effective Start-Up Company Pitch Deck

Preparing an investor pitch deck is a task that most start-up companies encounter in the fund raising process. While almost all companies create investor pitch decks, many fail to do so effectively or with maximum impact. Founder teams often consider the pitch deck an afterthought to a company’s MVP (minimum viable product) or the beta … Continue reading this entry

Corporate Venture Funds: Friend or Foe?

Many large corporations have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in-house venture funds. At the same time, early and later-stage companies are looking for “smart money” investors – funds that bring strategic and operational help along with cash. Are corporate venture funds the perfect match? Yes and no. Corporate venture funds … Continue reading this entry

Headwinds in Venture Funding: Strategies for Companies in 2016

By all measures, much of 2014 and 2015 were strong years in venture capital funding. The current forecast is, however, less optimistic for founders looking for venture backing; the end of 2015 saw a pullback in private investing and trends for the start of 2016 demonstrate caution among investors.… Continue reading this entry

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act: Quick and Easy – But Does it Work in the VC/PE Context?

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (DRAA), effective as of May 2, 2015, is a recent arbitration statute that promises to be popular among parties to a wide range of business agreements. The DRAA is intended to be used principally for the resolution of commercial disputes between businesses, but it has been appearing in venture capital … Continue reading this entry

Key Considerations for Companies Seeking Early Stage Funding

From accelerators to crowdfunding, and angel funding to venture capital, early stage funding is evolving. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, the speakers on “Exploring the Evolution of Early Stage Funding” panel discussed some of the key concepts and concerns companies should consider when seeking early stage funding.… Continue reading this entry

What Is a Subprime Unicorn?

Christopher Mims had an article in the Wall Street Journal recently titled “The Dangers Ahead if Tech Unicorns Get Gored.” In his article, Mr. Mims discusses the potential collateral damage of a failed unicorn. The article is thought provoking and includes two quotes that highlight aspects of venture capital that are important to understand. Venture … Continue reading this entry

Top Considerations When Selecting a Strategic Corporate Partner

As technology companies evolve, their funding needs and strategies change and they may explore middle and later stage investments from strategic partners as well as VCs. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, the speakers on “The Role of VCs and Corporate Partners in Financing Company Growth” panel discussed a number of points for entrepreneurs to consider … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Mark Your Calendars: 2015 FOLEYTech Summit

Join us on October 1, 2015 as we explore how the evolution of technology has transformed business and altered the investing landscape. Our 11th annual FOLEYTech Summit will bring together tech entrepreneurs, executives, managers, investors and advisers.… Continue reading this entry

Tips & Traps When Talking to Potential Investors

The fundraising process requires countless hours to develop and refine an investor pitch. While the majority of that time will be focused on how to find and raise money from the best investors on the best terms, it is critical to remember that there are limits to what can be said and done under applicable securities … Continue reading this entry

Coming to America Part I: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

As of late, many emerging companies have decided to enter the U.S. market. While international expansion is an important Ubusiness milestone, there are multiple legal and cultural considerations companies must reflect on. In this two part series, we will discuss why companies choose to come to the United States to do business and what companies … Continue reading this entry

Do Founders Really Control Their Company With 51% Ownership?

Founders are often focused on maintaining at least 51% ownership of their companies. With 51%, they will be able to control the Company, and their destiny. At least that’s what they thought. In reality, the 51% control premium is often contracted away in the world of preferred stock venture financings. In a typical venture financing, … Continue reading this entry

Does Telemedicine Matter? Yes!

Technology pervades every sector of our economy, and certainly has impacted the health care industry. One example is telemedicine. Telemedicine has the potential to exponentially expand a provider’s geographic footprint, efficiently leverage a doctor’s time and dramatically reduce barriers to patient interaction. Our recent survey of senior-level health care executives indicates that telemedicine technology is … Continue reading this entry

Foley Ventures Launches New Website for Growth Companies

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We are proud to announce the launch of FoleyVentures.com, a new website for Foley Ventures LLC, a venture capital fund formed by Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys that invests in or alongside clients. Our website features the latest news, events, and information about our funds, as well as a look at the promising companies we … Continue reading this entry