October 1, 2013 - There is no way to talk about venture debt without bringing up the notion of financial covenants. The simple mention of the word “covenant” evokes a connotation of doom and fear in the hearts of many entrepreneurs and equity investors alike. This dread is perhaps caused in part by horror stories of overzealous lenders using a covenant trip to invoke remedies (read: sweep cash or foreclose on assets), which led to the demise of a company.
September 18, 2013 - In my first two posts on Understanding Venture Debt, I provided a general overview of different types of venture debt facilities and a brief look at the banks and funds that are actively involved in the space. With this post I hope to shed some light on one of the less-obvious, but highly important, aspects of the venture debt landscape: the “implicit contract” between venture capitalists and venture lenders.
September 5, 2013 - In my first post in this series about Understanding Venture Debt, I provided a quick overview of the various types of debt facilities available to venture backed companies. With this post I will provide an overview of two types of institutions which provide the debt financing and the relative cost of capital of each, as this plays a vitally important role on overall venture debt deal terms.
August 20, 2013 - There are several different forms of venture debt, and stepping back and viewing the issue at a high level makes sense in helping to understand the whole. Venture debt ostensibly refers to debt financing which is offered to companies who have a professional investor as a significant equity-holder in the company.