24 May '11, 2am

When is a “venture investment” not a venture investment?

It really doesn't matter (except under Dodd-Frank, I guess) what you label an investment. I hear phrases like "growth equity", "pre-IPO funding", and "seed capital" being bandied about as subcategories, for example, and the differences are broad but fuzzy. I think what's more important is that "venture capital" investments are those done using venture capital terms, as opposed to majority-ownership type transactions or simple common-share purchases. VC terms are arcane and convoluted to outsiders, but basically boil down to two things: a) making sure that the minority-ownership "risk capital" gets strong returns at some liqudity event, with some downside protection; and b) making sure that the minority-ownership "risk capital" gets lots of protections against dramatic shifts to the business by the management team or other insiders. In other words, it's very mechanical, wha...

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