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Series Seed is the new Series A; VC-backed company valuations continue to rise

PitchBook recently released its 1H 2015 VC Valuations and Trends Report that breaks down over 20,000 valuations of private company financings and exits over the past 10 years. The report shows continued increase in median...more

Recap of 2014 Venture Capital Trends by Region

PitchBook just released is recap of 2014 venture capital trends by region, focusing on the most active regions and presenting the information in infographic form. ...more

What is Micro-Venture Capital?

Over the past few years, a new funding source for seed stage startups has developed and quickly become an integral part of the startup ecosystem. This newer brand of investor is typically labeled a seed venture or...more

Angel Investment Trends: Q1 2014 Halo Report

The Q1 2014 Halo Report has been released by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States. ...more

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q2 2014

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q2 2014. As the report notes, so far in 2014, the only major surprise in the office market was Boeing expanding...more

7/14/2014  /  Real Estate Market

Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources,...more

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q1 2014

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q1 2014. As the report notes, the first quarter of 2014 marks the beginning of the fifth year of the office market...more

Angel investment trends; 2013 year in review

Yesterday, the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released their angel group 2013 year in review, the Halo Report. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States....more

Franchise tax due on or before March 1 for Delaware corporations: two methods of calculation, two vastly different results

Just a reminder to those who have Delaware corporations, your annual report and franchise tax payment are both due on or before March 1 (which falls on a Saturday this year). At this point, you have likely already received...more

1/29/2014  /  Franchise Taxes , Franchises

2013 annual venture investment dollars rise 7%

According to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7% in dollars and a 4%...more

Tax planning for year-end; expiration of the 100% tax exemption for gain on QSBS

Just a reminder that the temporary 100% exclusion for Federal capital gains tax on the sale of “qualified small business stock” (“QSBS”), under Section 1202 of the IRS regulations, is set to expire at the end of calendar year...more

Overview of Proposed SEC Crowdfunding Rules

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took an important step in making securities-based crowdfunding a reality for many small companies with the release of its proposed rules governing crowdfunding. ...more

10/24/2013  /  Crowdfunding , JOBS Act , SEC

The One Mistake Startup Entrepreneurs Always Make - A Legal Perspective...

In your experience working with startup entrepreneurs, what's the one mistake they make time and again? The answer to that question of course varies greatly, depending on whom you ask - and, for legal perspective, we...more

SEC operating status in light of federal government shutdown

The SEC is currently open and operational despite the recent federal government shutdown. So far the federal government shutdown has not slowed the proposed Twitter IPO, as their Form S-1 registration statement was posted to...more

10/4/2013  /  Government Shutdown , SEC

Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News - Fall 2013

NEW SEC GENERAL SOLICITATION AND “BAD ACTOR” RULES RE PRIVATE STOCK SALES NOW IN EFFECT - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules concerning private stock sales are now in effect. Under these rules, for...more

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

I. Introduction / Background - With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

In re Trados: What happens when common gets nothing?

This morning, Delaware Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Laster issued his highly anticipated, post-trial decision in In re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 1512-VC (August 16, 2013), where the directors who...more

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q2 2013

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q2 2013. As the report notes, the second quarter of 2013 continued the trends of the first quarter, although, while...more

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