Venture Capital Pre-Emptive Financing

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Bill Sjostrom, Venture Capital Pre-Emptive Financing, Truth on the Market (March 20, 2006),

Today’s W$J has an article on venture capital “pre-emptive financing,� a term I had not heard before. As the article describes:

Pre-emptive financing happens when a venture capitalist seeks out a promising start-up business and offers it money out of the blue, before the company tries to raise a second or third round of cash. If the offer is good enough, in theory, the venture investor will snag a piece of the company quickly, thus avoiding a costly bidding war that could erupt later once the company says publicly it is looking for cash and attracts several suitors.

The article gives the impression that pre-emptive financing is raining on Silicon Valley start-ups (it has a picture to this effect). But I wonder how widespread the phenomenon actually is. A quote from a general partner with IDG Ventures refers to “very high-quality opportunities.� And as I blogged about last October (here), many early-stage start-ups have struggled to get funding. So maybe its only high-quality later-stage start-ups that are seeing the rain.