Typical angel financing terms for mobile app startup?


What would you say are the average angel financing terms for a mobile app that is built and launched on the app store but yet to gain a large amount of traction?

We're planning on listing ourselves on AngelList and would like to get an idea first on what to expect.

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asked Feb 18 '14 at 23:40
Joyce Cullen
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Assuming your plan is to raise money from VCs after the initial seed funding from angels, there are two typical structures for the angel round:

Preferred Equity ("Light Series A"): It’s preferred stock similar to what a VC gets, but with lighter terms due to the low valuation associated with it since you're just starting out. If your startup is very early stage, 25% to 50% of the equity for a $500k investment might be "typical".

Convertible Debt: The easier approach. The investment is in the form of a promissory note which converts to equity on the terms of a “qualified financing” (which is usually defined with a minimum amount). The promissory note either converts at a discount to the price of the qualified financing (20% – 40% range is "typical") or will likely have warrant coverage (20% to 40% range) or in some cases, both. This gives the angel additional ownership in exchange for taking higher risk early on in your startup.

answered Feb 19 '14 at 12:50
Nishank Khanna
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