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If you are an investor in a company, you should have a basic idea about the term sheet. The term sheet is a document that outlines many of the key terms of an investment offer. It’s important to know what the term sheet means so that you understand your own responsibilities as an investor. The following post will give you information on how to read and understand what is written in this important document before deciding on whether or not to invest in the company.

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The following blog post will provide information on how to read and understand what is written in this important document before deciding on whether or not to invest in the company.

Basic Information to Know About Term Sheets

The term sheet is very important, because it is the document that will lay out the terms of an investment offer. Therefore, it is very important that you understand what is written in this term sheet before agreeing to invest in any company. The following paragraphs contain information about term sheets that you should know before deciding whether or not to invest.

Term Sheet Content

Every term sheet will include certain key pieces of information, including: roles and responsibilities; valuation; key milestones; stage of development; and key executives. It’s important to understand what each one means so that you can make a more informed decision about investing in the company.

Roles and Responsibilities

It is important for you to know what role you will play as the investor. The term sheet will outline your roles and responsibilities. You should confirm that these responsibilities match your expectations of investing in the company. The term sheet will also spell out the roles of the founders, board of directors, CEO, employees, investors, etc. It’s very important for you to understand each one so that you can protect your own best interests as an investor.

Valuation

Every term sheet will also include a valuation number. The valuation number is your expected return on your investment. It’s important to understand the valuation all together because it will help you determine whether or not the company can actually deliver what it promises in terms of value.

Milestones and Stage of Development

Every term sheet for an investment offer will include a number of key milestones. The milestones are the key events that would demonstrate to you if the company is meeting its obligations under its agreement with you as an investor. It’s important to know the milestones so that you can make an informed decision about investing in the company.

Key Executive

The term sheet will also include the names of key executives, who are responsible for managing the company. This is very important information to know, because it will help you decide which company is the right investment. The key executives’ names will be detailed so that you can confirm your expectations about their roles and responsibilities.

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What clients usually engage your Term Sheet Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of Term Sheet talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class Term Sheet professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best Term Sheet talent and are able to provide clients with Term Sheet professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted Term Sheet professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our Term Sheet consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our Term Sheet consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our Term Sheet talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your Term Sheet talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my Term Sheet consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

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