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  Commonly asked questions about private equity
  Terms commonly used in the field of private equity
 
Angel investor: A person who provides backing to very early-stage businesses or business concepts. Angel investors are typically entrepreneurs who have become wealthy, often in technology-related industries.
   
 

Board seats: Venture firms often acquire positions on the board of directors of their portfolio companies. A board seat gives a venture firm a means of monitoring and managing a company they invest in.

 
 

Bridge financing: As the name implies, bridge financing is intended as temporary funding that eventually will be replaced with permanent capital. In some cases, lenders will provide buyout firms and venture capital firms with bridge loans so that they can begin investing, before they have closed on capital for their funds. Likewise, a buyout or venture firm might provide a portfolio company with a temporary financing until permanent financing is in place.

 
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