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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - House of Representatives approves bill requiring warrants for email searches - It was a productive week on the Hill, as the House passed the Email...more

How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more...more

Trademark Lessons for New Businesses from a Lawsuit Against a Colorado Juice Bar

It is a big, exciting, and dangerous risk to start a new business. There were approximately 400,000 in 2014 (continuing a recent downward trend, according to Gallup). Most entrepreneurs know that the odds are stacked against...more

What Happens When Dinosaurs Talk to Your Customers

When friends ask me for restaurant recommendations, The Infatuation is my go-to. Co-founded by ex-music industry execs (including my college friend, Chris Stang), the site stands out by providing relatable, reliable reviews –...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

eMerge Welcomes Guests with Iconic Opening Reception

Sunday night was a buzz at the opening reception for the 3rd annual eMerge conference located at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks and music, but the real discussion centered on the...more

eMerge Americas 2016 is Nearly Here

On April 18th and 19th, eMerge Americas will host its third annual technology conference. Last year, the conference welcomed more than 10,000 attendees and 500 companies from more than 50 countries....more

4 Ways to Protect Your Business During Exit Talks

There comes a time when just about every reasonably successful startup gets an exit opportunity. For founders, these moments are triumphant. You’ve dedicated years of your life to building something, and now somebody wants to...more

3D Printing and the Renaissance of Local Economies

The rise of 3D printing holds tremendous potential to impact the economy from the local to the national level. Although it is still an estimated five to 10 years away from mainstream consumer adoption, we are already seeing...more

Five tips for London's startup community in 2016

London's Tech City has grown enormously from its birth in 2010 to now become the sixth most significant area for Tech startups globally and the first in the EU. Figures out early January from Companies House have shown that...more

The Accidental Entrepreneur Part I

Overview - Both of my parents were comfortably retired by my age after a thirty year career with the federal government. Currently, my retirement date is the lesser of age 95 or my passing. Like a lot of people in the...more

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital...more

The State of the City (the Greater NYC Metro Region) in Angel and Venture Financing

It turns out that all of the boasting about the Greater NYC metro region rapidly becoming that heretofore elusive “Silicon Alley” is an emerging reality. Our area scored a record year in 2015 for venture capital and angel...more

Headwinds in Venture Funding: Strategies for Companies in 2016

By all measures, much of 2014 and 2015 were strong years in venture capital funding. The current forecast is, however, less optimistic for founders looking for venture backing; the end of 2015 saw a pullback in private...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Has this year's startup funding slowdown been overblown? Debate continues over the perceived downturn in the market for venture capital, as a new...more

Early Stage Companies: Why You Should Run (and Re-Run) the Startup Version of the Scientific Method

What are some initial guidelines for launching a successful startup? Adam Ghander: In a perfect world, a founder would have nailed the product/market, identified a significant need, shaped the “must-have” solution, and...more

Negotiating a Term Sheet? Entrepreneurs, Take Note

What do entrepreneurs need to know about term sheets in order to get a deal done? William Bernat: Term sheets are not “one size fits all.” Since most of a term sheet’s provisions are meant to protect the investors’...more

Finders Keepers, Winners Weepers? Startups Using ‘Finders’ to Bring in Investors May Face Penalties

Many startups engage third-party consultants, or “finders”, to make introductions to potential investors. Startup founders generally have a technical background, and may lack meaningful connections in the finance/venture...more

Hey, Can You Keep a Secret?

Non-Disclosure Agreements (variously also referred to as NDAs, Confidentiality Agreements, Secrecy Agreements, Trade Secret Agreements, etc.) (“NDAs”) can be an important form of protection for a startup venture in need of...more

What is a Section 83(b) election and why is it helpful to entrepreneurs?

Start-up founders, executives and other employees should understand the role that Internal Revenue Code Section 83 plays in effective tax planning when certain equity incentive grants are given in exchange for services....more

The Importance of a Business Plan

A business plan is a very important component of a start-up business. It can and should be used as a tool for understanding how your business is put together. It can be used to monitor progress and hold yourself accountable....more

Five IP Pitfalls That Start-Up (and Grown-Up) Companies Can Easily Avoid

In business, there are numerous opportunities for pitfalls, mistakes and errors and they come up in all different legal areas – from basic formation issues to labor and employment to intellectual property. Mistakes and...more

So what is a Cap Table anyway and why do I need one?

As a founder of a start-up, there are countless things you worry about, and attending to corporate formalities is probably the last thing on your to-do list. However, imagine you have just been approached by a potential...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part II

In this second post of our three-part blog series on the different types of seed instruments we will explore Series Seed. Series Seed documents were introduced by startup lawyer Ted Wang and venture capital firm...more

What Type of Patent Application Should You File First?

without the filing of any related applications, the provisional application will not be published or otherwise disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One significant disadvantage of a provisional...more

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