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Common Startup Terms

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There are currently 25 names in this directory beginning with the letter P.
PaaS (Platform as a Service)
A cloud computing service providing a platform for developing, running, and managing applications.

Party Round
A funding round with multiple investors participating without a lead.

Pay to Play
A provision requiring existing investors to participate in future funding rounds to maintain their ownership.

Peer-to-Peer Lending
A lending model where individuals borrow and lend directly without an intermediary.

Phantom Stock
A form of equity compensation without actual ownership of company shares.

Pitch
A presentation pitching your startup to potential investors or partners.

Pitch Competition
An event where startups present their business ideas to compete for funding.

Pitch Deck
A presentation summarizing your startup's business plan and potential.

Pivot
A strategic shift in your startup's business model or product.

Pony
A secondary offering of shares by existing investors.

Portfolio Company
A company in which a venture capital firm has made an investment.

Post-IPO Debt
Debt incurred by a company after going public.

Post-IPO Equity
Ownership in a company after it has gone public.

Post-IPO Secondary
The sale of existing shares after a company has gone public.

Post-Money Valuation
The valuation of your startup after a funding round is completed.

Pre-Money Valuation
The valuation of your startup before a funding round.

Pre-Seed Funding
The initial funding round to support your startup's concept and early development.

Preferred Stock
Stock with preferential rights and privileges.

Priced Round
A funding round where the valuation is established before investment.

Private Equity
Investment in companies that are not publicly traded.

Pro-Rata Rights
The right of existing investors to participate in future funding rounds to maintain their ownership percentage.

Problem-Founder Fit
Alignment between the founder's skills and the challenges your startup aims to solve.

Product-Market Fit
The stage where your product satisfies the market demand.

Proof-of-Concept
Demonstrating the feasibility of your startup's concept or technology.

Prototype
A preliminary model of your product to test functionality and design.