Practically all venture capital transactions start out with the execution of a term sheet, a document summarizing the basic terms and conditions under which a potential investment will be made. A well-drafted term sheet serves as a tool to focus attention of the parties on the essential deal terms, and serves as an instrument to investigate whether there is common ground between them with respect to the most important investment conditions before they spend further time, energy and money on negotiating a deal.
Effective participation in the negotiations of a venture capital transaction is possible only once each party involved fully understands the scope and consequences of all the deal terms included in the term sheet.
The purpose of this book is to provide a clear understanding of the most frequently used practices, terms and conditions to those with less than extensive experience in venture capital transactions. We hope, however, that this book will also serve as a valuable reference guide for the more experienced venture capitalists, entrepeneurs and advisors.