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Selected Case

published: 25 Jun 2018

  • Topic: Responsibility
  • Industry: Venture
  • Region: Global

A start-up founder raises money from unsophisticated angel investors, and offers them the right to invest in future funding rounds (pro rata rights). Later, under pressure from a venture capitalist to minimize dilution, the founder deliberately does not remind the original angels of their opportunity to invest in the new funding round. She is not breaking any laws. However, she may have violated the angels’ trust.

Pedagogical Objectives:
Illustrate an ethical dilemma in start-up financing. What non-contractual obligations do founders have to their investors?

Start-Up, Angel Investing, Founder, Ethics, Venture Capital