This Article illustrates how pre-money valuations of venture capital-backed companies may be overstated by 10X. This is because venture capital math (VC Math) ignores the economic impact of three standard practices. First, VC Math treats a company’s unissued (and even non-existing) stock options as outstanding shares of stock. Second, VC Math ignores the fact that much of a company’s common stock, and options to purchase common stock, have not yet been earned. Third, VC Math values a share of common stock and a share of convertible preferred stock equally, despite the fact that convertible preferred stock was intentionally created to be worth more.
|Journal||Harvard Business Law Review Online|
|State||Published - Nov 17 2014|