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Private Equity In Africa: Context, Opportunities, And Risks

In this issue: - Overview - Macroeconomics - Politics and policy - The practice of private equity in Africa - Opportunities for private equity in Africa - An excerpt from...more

Spiderman To Rescue Patent Royalties?

Each morning as I gargle with Listerine, I am reminded that simple is sometimes best when drafting agreements. In 1881, Dr. J. J. Lawrence developed his now-famous antiseptic formula and agreed to make it available to...more

Don’t Forget Your Corporate Formalities … It’ll Cost You

Many individuals believe that it is easy to protect themselves in starting a business by simply setting up a new corporation or LLC. But it is important that shareholders or members abide by corporate formalities. Even the...more

Miami: The Next Global Frontier

Miami’s second annual eMerge Americas Conference marks another milestone in the city cementing itself as a hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs. In the last 18 months, Miami has established and cemented many of the key...more

Structure Your Start-up For Fundraising Success - Part Five: 5 Leverage Government Funding

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors: Leverage Government Funding. The federal and...more

Structure Your Start-up For Fundraising Success - Part Four: Sign up your employees and contractors

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors...more

Real Estate: An Introduction to Leasing For Start-Ups

Now that you have decided to rent “real” space and pay rent to a landlord in an office building, what are the basic terms you need to know about? Whether you are doing “desk sharing” or a more formal lease, focus on five...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Three: Protect your intellectual property

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors. ...more

Is it Time to Hire an In-House Lawyer?

As a family business grows, the question often arises whether and when to hire an in-house lawyer to manage the business’s legal affairs. How does the family—or, more accurately, the family business’s board of directors,...more

Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups

I recently attended Launch Festival 2015 in San Francisco and Angel Launch’s LaunchFEST Mixer: Doing Deals with Silicon Valley—Attracting Funding, Angels, and Tech Trends in downtown Los Angeles. The events were very...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Two: Organize your corporate records

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors....more

Bill Gross, Founder of Idealab, On Big Ideas and the Real Limitation to Starting Companies [Video]

Today, my special guest is Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and fellow Caltech Alumni, Chairman and Founder of Idealab. Bill started his first company in grade school selling candy bars at the bus stop (his version of the lemonade...more

Brewing Up Some IP

With so many new microbreweries popping up in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and the Greater San Diego area, I felt compelled to write the present piece for the benefit of the aspiring, as well as the established, microbrew...more

OHA Ruling Shows Danger in Proposed SBA Rule

As the saying goes, unless you have been living under a rock, then you know that SBA recently proposed new rules to create a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses. ...more

Patents In the Shark Tank

My family and I enjoy watching Shark Tank. It’s a mix of business, technology, humor and, in some cases, is a testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of people. Of course, we realize it is mainly about entertainment. It...more

PROPEL: Helping to build a smarter, interconnected, resource-efficient world

Fraunhofer USA and Greentown Labs are teaming up with Shell GameChanger to bring Boston a startup acceleration program for Wireless Sensor-Actuator Network (WSAN) prototype development. Titled PROPEL, up to five selected...more

Crowdfunding Gets Local: What Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Need to Know to Capitalize on Exemptions for Intrastate Crowdfunding in...

Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies are looking for innovative ways to raise money without the red tape of the securities laws. Crowdfunding is often touted as the solution to this dilemma. In its simplest terms,...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part One

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors... 1. Keep it simple! There are any number...more

Crowdfunding (the SEC’s Version): What Is It and Where Does It Stand?

Recently, I attended a two-day continuing legal education seminar on the topics of Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements (sounds exciting, doesn’t it?). Crowdfunding, which as you know has been a frequent topic on...more

Budding Family Business Entrepreneur? Top Three Legal Tips You Need to Know

A recent New Tech Seattle event at the Seattle Center brought together a group of interesting budding entrepreneurs. Discussions with several people led to the realization that many of them are facing the same basic legal...more

Seller of Business is Special Circumstance That Justified Termination Following Expiration of Contract

When a small business is sold, the purchaser often agrees to hire the former owner. The buyer wants to retain the seller’s expertise and experience, and the salary paid to the seller can make up part of the purchase price....more

Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

Starting a New Company? Protect Your Intellectual Property Now or Maybe Never

When getting a startup off the ground and in the course of ongoing operations, it is important to take care of some fundamental housekeeping matters. The failure to do so can result in problems that could be costly and/or...more

Capital Raising? 2014 Observable Trends for Seed and Early Stage Financings – AlleyWatch Reviewed Approximately 200 Capital...

As counsel to scores of companies in capital raising mode at any point in time, my colleagues and I regularly are asked questions by entrepreneurs regarding the valuations and other terms they should expect to receive from...more

Employing Workers in Massachusetts: A Guide for Emerging Companies

At some point, every emerging company must identify and retain people to work for the business. The founders or owners of the business recognize that they cannot do it alone, and they need to bring on talented individuals to...more

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