Thu, 28 January 2021
Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.
Entrepreneurs are often concerned about the confidentiality of their information.
During the initial engagement with the investor, it’s not common to sign NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) as the investor is still figuring out the basics of your business.
At the introductory stage, keep the discussion on the general level.
As you go further with the discussion and then into due diligence, the investor will ask for deeper information that you may consider confidential.
Confidential information includes customer names, intellectual property such as trade secrets, and more.
If you have highly sensitive information, then you can have the investor sign an NDA before reviewing the diligence.
Another approach is to develop two diligence boxes. The first is non-confidential and contains basic financials, entity filings, patent filings, customer company names, and other information that is not sensitive.
The second diligence box contains detailed information such as specific customer contact details, trade secrets, etc. For this, the investor signs an NDA which can be used to control how it is handled.
For many investors, the first box will be sufficient and alleviates the NDA process.
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