Lunch & Learn: The Many Differences Between Angel and VC Investment

March 8, 2016
March 8, 2016 12:00 PM
1:00 pm
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There are huge differences between pursuing angel and venture capital investment, and early stage companies often waste time and reduce their chances of a funding success because of not understanding those differences. Attorney and villager Carl Johnston will explain the ins and outs of such issues as:

  • How do you determine which type of investor to pursue?
  • What are the key differences in the mindset of an angel investor versus a venture capitalist when they evaluate potential investments?
  • How is preparing for angel investment different from preparing for VC investment?
  • Why is preparing for angel investment more difficult in many ways than preparing for VC investment?
  • What are key differences in the sequence of events once the investor has decided to move forward with investment?

No need to bring a legal dictionary โ€“ Carl is that rare attorney who speaks in plain English! This session will include plenty of time for your questions, with no-BS answers, and will draw on Carlโ€™s 30+ years as an attorney with major law firms and as general counsel to two major international corporations.


About Carl Johnston
Mr. Johnston specializes in working with early stage companies on a wide range of corporate issues, including planning for and obtaining venture capital and angel funding, mergers and acquisitions, securities law compliance, and corporate governance. He also has deep experience in technology-related contract issues, including structuring and negotiation of software license agreements, SaaS and cloud services agreements, technology licensing, professional services, joint development, and strategic alliances.

Mr. Johnston has more than thirty years of experience as an attorney, both at major law firms and serving as General Counsel for two major international corporations. He is also a CPA, and worked for Deloitte for four years before attending law school. His experience as a CPA and his business experience are invaluable in areas such as mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. His undergraduate and law degree are from the University of Texas at Austin, and he also holds an MA in economics from Brown University.