Equity Crowdfunding

A Deeper Look Into Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

This guest post was written by Shmuel Bornstein, a Business Development and Finance Associate at OurCrowd. Shmuel focuses on the secondary financing of OurCrowd’s portfolio companies. ——- With access to increasing investment opportunities spanning global markets and asset classes, it is no wonder that many investors feel overwhelmed by their choices. One of the challenges of navigating the decision waters of where to invest is the seeming inability to compare between different opportunities; what does the risk-reward profile of an Australian REIT have to do with a 10-year US government backed bond? To overcome this, the financial world has engineered tools that allow comparing oranges and apples—the IRR being a staple. What is the Internal Rate of Return (IRR)? Here’s the technical definition. Bear with me. The internal rate of return on an investment is the annualized effective compounded return rate that makes the net present value of all cash flows (both positive and negative) from a particular investment equal to zero. It can also be defined as the discount rate at which the present value of all future cash flows are equal to...

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Grab your seat at the table: What you need to know about preemptive rights

Have you been following the growing trend in continuity funds? Get another perspective from our 30-minute webinar about how professional investors use preemptive rights to get further involved in winning companies. Check out the webinar and slides below to: Get an insider’s view of how to leverage preemptive rights in startup investing Understand the basics of continuity funds and review case studies Learn how to get involved at a time when companies are staying private longer   View the FULL program View the presentation Everything You Need to Know about Preemptive Rights from OurCrowd ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: To stay updated on future events and the best news from the Startup Nation, sign up for our newsletter, email us, and follow us on social media. [xyz-ihs...

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Preemptive rights: What you need to know, in 30 minutes

Have you been following the growing trend in continuity funds? Join us for a 30-minute live session with OurCrowd Investment Partner David Stark to learn how professional investors use preemptive rights to get further involved in winning companies. Grab your seat at the table: What you need to know about preemptive rights Wednesday, April 6, 2016 (7pm IL | 12pm EST | 9am PST) In this webinar, you will: Get an insider’s view of how to leverage preemptive rights in startup investing Understand the basics of continuity funds and review case studies Learn how to get involved at a time when companies are staying private longer >> Register for the webinar here Looking forward to your participation on the...

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Not just another acquisition headline

If you are like me — an innovation and entrepreneurship enthusiast — then you get excited when you read headlines about the latest acquisition of a startup by a large multinational corporation. You get excited on behalf of the startup’s founders and team that they have reached the culmination of what must have been an incredible journey. You get excited about the possibility that the integration will go well, and that with the large company’s resources behind it, the startup’s technology can soar to new heights. If the company being acquired is local, you get excited about what this means for your tech ecosystem: more talented, experienced employees and management now available to help the next wave of local startups scale, and potentially more capital flowing in now that investors are paying a little bit closer attention. Most people, however, read the headline, process it, and move on. This is understandable given what little impact the merger or acquisition will have on their lives or on the lives of anyone they know. While they may be happy for the presumed financial success of the startup’s...

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The million-dollar question: What kind of angel investor are you?

As an angel investor, you already likely know (or soon will) that there is a long list of young technology companies and enthusiastic entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas, ready to pitch to you in the hopes of securing an investment. For example: OurCrowd screens at least 200 companies a month before we choose who to meet, and of those, the 2-4% to invest in and present to our accredited investor community. In addition, we have our own set of criteria for who and what we’ll offer as investment opportunities. So… how do you identify investments? How do you choose which company’s deck to review, which CEO to meet with? Most likely, as an angel investor, you fit a certain type. Knowing what drives you to invest in a particular startup may help you consolidate the time and energy that goes into your investing strategy. Stage Most angel investors are interested in seed or early-stage companies. Certainly, growth-oriented companies are the ones in most need of angel funding, as VCs typically invest when a company already shows long-term growth potential. But if you are an investor...

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