Consider the audience. No financing is “typical” or “standard,” and today, more than ever, investment documents must fit investor objectives. If valuation is stalling discussions, would the investor take convertible debt with a right to participate in future equity rounds at a discount?
If you had a wager on which startups could put together venture cash right now, you probably wouldn’t pick an online social community for pop bands and their fans.
Lots of car companies claim to build dream cars. Nearly every luxury and exotic car manufacturer has a department for special orders, and there’s no shortage of tuners that turn these cars inside-out, but aside from Louis Vuitton seats and stainless steel hoods, there’s not much original thought involved. Chinese brand BYD has the lofty phrase “Build Your Dreams” in its name, but its creations are nightmares. Even Tesla Motors can’t climb its way out of a Lotus Elise.