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Anti-Dilution Provisions: Which One is Best for Founders?
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Anti-Dilution Provisions: Which One is Best for Founders?

Venture capital investors invest in startups in the hopes that later rounds of investment will increase the company’ valuation. As more investors invest, the percentage of the company that each investor owns decreases, an effect called dilution. As important as avoiding dilution is for an investor, specific provisions can impact on founder and employee ownership unfavorably. Why do investors ask for anti-dilution provisions? As long as subsequent investors invest at a higher price per share, the overall dollar value of the previous investments increases, even if their percent ownership decreases. But what if shares sold in later rounds of investment are sold at a lower price per share? In such a down round scenario, the earlier investors have a decrease in ownership and a reduc...
Look at Terms When Raising Money During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Look at Terms When Raising Money During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For entrepreneurs raising money during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned from previous recessions can provide guideposts on what to do now. As a venture capital (VC) lawyer since 2000, I see similarities from the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, the collapse of the Dot.com bubble in 2002, and the 2008 recession after the collapse of Lehman Brothers. The previous financial crises occurred after a singular catastrophic event that temporarily halted most economic activity.  At the time, no one knew how society would change after 9/11 or how the banking industry would change after the fall of Lehman Brothers. Investors naturally reacted to this uncertainty by slowing down their activity. In the aftermath of the Dot.com bubble crash, VC financings in the U.S. d...
What’s Happening in Venture Capital? Local Investors Weigh In
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What’s Happening in Venture Capital? Local Investors Weigh In

Startup founders know the COVID-19 pandemic has changed investor funding for the foreseeable future. Beyond the obvious shift to virtual pitching and team meetings, what else is going on in the world of venture capital (VC)? We spoke with three San Antonio investors who are tracking what’s changing during the global pandemic, and more importantly, looking ahead at the investing landscape over the next year or so. Level playing field, opportunities abound for innovative companies In April, Active Capital founder and CEO Pat Matthews said his venture firm had invested in eight portfolio companies and three new ones. “We also closed two Series As, two sidecars, and one M&A [mergers and acquisitions] transaction. I wouldn’t say it’s been business as usual, but it’s been busy,” ...
SaaS Voice App Yac Closes $1.5 Seed Round led by Active Capital
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SaaS Voice App Yac Closes $1.5 Seed Round led by Active Capital

Without tone and inflection, it's hard to tell sometimes if an email, Tweet, or text is meant as a compliment or a complaint. One Orlando, Fla.-based startup developed a voice app solution to solve this problem. Yac announced Wednesday a $1.5 million seed financing led by San Antonio-based venture firm Active Capital with participation from angel investors. Betaworks and Booth VC invested $275,000 in a pre-seed round that closed in April 2019. The Yac app helps users send voice messages asynchronously (meaning, there’s a delay between the message sent and the recipient’s response). On average, there are about 4,500 messages a month left on Yac’s service, and the company has around 250 daily active users, according to Yac founder Justin Mitchell. Mitchell, who is also founder of di...
Cloudsnap Hires Former Rackspace Executive as CEO, Lands $1.8M from Active Capital to Fund Growth
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Cloudsnap Hires Former Rackspace Executive as CEO, Lands $1.8M from Active Capital to Fund Growth

Cloudsnap, a fast-growing Austin-based software company, announced Thursday a $1.8 million funding round led by San Antonio venture firm Active Capital and Houston-based Mercury Fund as well as the hiring of former Rackspace executive Matt Bradley as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Both moves help position the software as a service (SaaS) startup for more aggressive growth. Cloudsnap offers mid-sized companies a cloud-computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) system that automates the secure transfer of data between third-party software applications and a company's enterprise resource planning or ERP business process management software. Companies use ERP software to manage and integrate their financial data, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource act...
Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio
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Cliently Scores $1M Seed Round from Active Capital, Moves to San Antonio

One San Antonio-based venture capital firm is living up to its name, investing actively in promising business to business (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) startups which in this case, has lead to a promising company relocating to San Antonio. Cliently announced Tuesday its $1M million seed funding round led by Active Capital with participation from the Altair Capital Management company based in Tel Aviv, Israel. This most recent round is Cliently’s largest to date, having raised $500,000 previously. Active Capital’s investments include software businesses across the U.S. led by founders offering B2B services such as cloud computing, sales generation, and accounting technology Cliently chief executive officer (CEO) Spencer Farber launched the company to provide businesses an automat...
Active Capital Leads $1.8M Seed Round for Startup Back Office
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Active Capital Leads $1.8M Seed Round for Startup Back Office

Back Office, the automated bookkeeping platform for small businesses, announced a new $1.8 million seed funding round led by venture capital firm Active Capital. Other early-stage investors include 500 Fintech, PlugNPlay Ventures, and angel investors from San Francisco, New York, Florida, and Boston. Active Capital is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas and invests in (B2B) software as a service (SaaS) companies in cities across the U.S. Co-founders Felix Rodriguez, Glennys Rodriguez, and Edwin Mejia launched Back Office in January 2018 to help businesses automate their accounting and finance operations. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, the emerging B2B SaaS company recently graduated from 500 Startups, a Silicon Valley-based seed accelerator. Back Office was one of 20 companies ou...
Alamo Angels Investor Group Searches for New Executive Director
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Alamo Angels Investor Group Searches for New Executive Director

San Antonio-based Alamo Angels, a group that invests in startups, announced Cat Dizon is leaving the executive director role and will be transitioning out later this month, according to an email sent to Alamo Angel members Tuesday. Before joining Alamo Angels in September 2018, Dizon was co-founder, chief operating officer, and partner at Active Capital, a venture firm based in San Antonio focused on leading seed rounds for business-to-business software as a service (SaaS) companies. She continued as a part-time Active Capital venture partner throughout her tenure at Alamo Angels and plans to return to Active Capital to help grow the firm she co-founded. Read more: Alamo Angels Names Cat Dizon as Its New Executive Director "With the support of Pat [Matthews, Active Capital founde...
Active Capital Leads $1.75M Seed Round for Software Startup Cloudsnap
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Active Capital Leads $1.75M Seed Round for Software Startup Cloudsnap

A fast-growing Austin-based startup quietly operating since last summer has captured the attention of one San Antonio-based venture firm. Software company Cloudsnap announced Wednesday that Active Capital, which invests in early-stage software-as-a-service (SaaS) startups, is leading its $1.75 million seed round. Cloudsnap offers mid-sized companies a cloud-computing Platform as a Service (PaaS) system.  Their platform automates the secure transfer of data between third-party software applications and a company's enterprise resource planning or ERP business process management software. Companies use their ERP software to manage and integrate their financial data, supply chain, operations, reporting, manufacturing, and human resource activities across a business. Active Capital's inve...
Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAI
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Active Capital-Led $1.5M Funding, Workforce Grant Fuels Growth for FunnelAI

FunnelAI announced Wednesday it received a $1.5 million seed round led by Active Capital. The investment included funding from the Geekdom Fund, Europe-based retail and consumer investor True, and angel investors from San Antonio and Houston. Chief executive Sridhar Kamma co-founded FunnelAI with his sister Sujatha Kamma, who serves as chief operations officer. Suman Poluri is the third co-founder, joining FunnelAI to lead the coding team. Founded in 2017, the marketing and sales startup created a software platform that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to find online indications of intent for businesses looking for customer prospects. RealCo accelerator and micro venture capital fund co-founder Michael Girdley helped bring the company from Austin to San Antonio, where it continues i...