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KISS the SAFE Goodbye? Another Alternative for Start-up Financing

Only recently, we debated the merits of the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), an alternative funding mechanism for early-stage companies designed to replace the industry-standard convertible note financing....more

The Roundup: Last Week’s Recommended Reading (May 15, 2015)

5 Lessons Learned From Watching Law-Themed Television Shows: While most “real life” lawyers feel these shows are not an accurate representation of the law, there are a few things viewers can learn (other than being...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10)

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” has quickly become a must watch for all budding entrepreneurs, but the second season has opened up with a multitude of risks and roadblocks that could be faced by real world entrepreneurs. Here, we...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2015

In This Issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2015 - Price and Preference: Part 2 - Haves and Have Nots in Venture Financings - Excerpt from Price and Preference: Part...more

Kyiv Corporate Alert (Ukrainian) On Amending Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Related to Identification of Ultimate Beneficiaries...

The deadline for the submission of information on beneficial owners of Ukrainian companies registered before 25 November 2014 expires on 25 May 2015. As we have already informed, on 14 October 2014 the Verkhovna Rada...more

Kyiv Corporate Alert On Amending Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Related to Identification of Ultimate Beneficiaries of Legal...

The deadline for the submission of information on beneficial owners of Ukrainian companies registered before 25 November 2014 expires on 25 May 2015. As we have already informed, on 14 October 2014 the Verkhovna Rada...more

Changes in US Sanctions on Cuba Present Opportunities and Challenges

The Obama Administration’s recent loosening of trade restrictions on Cuba has the potential to open new opportunities for US businesses. However, there are several obstacles to be overcome before US companies may access...more

Lawpreneur Lifestyle: The Freedom & Rewards of Discomfort

Has it ever occurred to you that the quality of our living is directly proportional to our willingness to be in discomfort? I don’t mean our quality of life, which is all about comfort. I mean the depth and breadth of the act...more

Mini-bonds – So good things come in small packages?

This may be a slightly odd question with which to start a legal blog post, but do you like burritos, wine, or chocolate? Who doesn’t, right? If only there was a way of making money off your addiction to tasty Mexican treats...more

Trademark Dos and Dont's: Conducting a Trademark Clearance Search

So you’ve come up with a creative name for your business or your product. You have thought hard about it, and probably feel a vested interest in this name. The next step in protecting your name is to conduct what is known as...more

Blowdryers and Flatirons: The Real Estate Market Heats Up with Salon Suites

For years the price of entry for solo entrepreneurs in the health and beauty category was high. With similar fixed startup costs as any professional practice would have, such as real estate, insurance, supplies, but with much...more

Sell, Scale, or Slip Away: The Entrepreneurial Fork in the Road

Most companies are started by salespeople. The ability to sell a product or service is critical to sustaining a fledgling company, after all, and without it few businesses can last long. But while the skill of the salesperson...more

WOSBs: Now It's Your Turn

In the coming days, the SBA is expected to issue proposed rules to implement sole source authority for the WOSB Federal Contracting Program. To be clear, as many are anxiously waiting, sole source authority is not yet...more

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

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

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