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Maine’s Crowdfunding Goes Live

On January 1, 2015, Maine’s crowdfunding rule went effective. Maine enacted 2014 P.L. Ch. 452 “An Act to Increase Funding for Start-ups” (referred to as Maine’s “crowdfunding law”) on March 2, 2014, but companies in Maine...more

Negotiating Your “Series A” Financing

One of your first tasks in financing your technology company is likely to be completing your initial equity financing with outside investors. Typically, these financings are done with a venture capital firm (“VC”), angel...more

Types of Crowdfunding [Video]

Philip Schroeder, Esq. discusses the types crowdfunding: • Donation Model Crowdfunding (e.g.) Kickstarter • Rewards Model Crowdfunding • Equity Crowdfuning o Sales to Accredited Investors...more

Advisory Board Members

Often a young technology company will seek assistance from more experienced individuals, giving them the position of “Advisory Board Member” and giving equity to a person who agrees to serve in that capacity. This designation...more

Crowdfunding Coming to Minnesota

A group has announced plans to introduce a bill that would permit the use of advertising and general solicitation in securities offerings to Minnesota residents. The bill refers to such offerings as “MNvest Offerings”...more

Top 10 Legal Mistakes For Start-Ups

1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up. OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes...more

Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator Helps Entrepreneurial Farmers

State Representative Joe Haveman recently announced the State of Michigan's $500,000 contribution to the new Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit. The Incubator offers specialized assistance to...more

5 Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part II

Time and time again, many startups tout their solution as better, faster or more user friendly than their competitors’, not realizing that the competitors also make the same claims. By doing so, they sound like every other...more

Top 12 Legal Mistakes Made by Startup Breweries and Distilleries

Undertaking any entrepreneurial endeavor can be a daunting task. It can get very complicated when doing so in a highly regulated environment, such as the one that governs the manufacture and sale of alcohol related products....more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Financial Tools for Startups Brought to You by the CRA

The Canadian Government partnered with Startup Canada to hold Startup Canada Day on the Hill on November 26, 2014. The Minister of National Revenue, the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. highlighted the...more

Five Intellectual Property Considerations for Startups - Part I

A successful startup provides a solution to a market need. Typically, the solution involves a new or improved device or technique. As a startup defines and develops its solution, intellectual property (IP) becomes a core...more

Legal Brief: Financial Dreams--Four Legal Risks of Crowdfunding Your Best Ideas

When Sunny T. wanted to launch a new line of titanium accessories, he did not get out his credit cards or call his rich uncle for a loan. He launched a Kickstarter campaign where people could contribute money to his venture,...more

IP|Trend: Starting Up Your Protection of Intellectual Property [Video]

Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more

Trends in Terms of Venture Financings in Silicon Valley - Third Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 180 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results...more

Government dollars for getting IP to market

As already reported in an October article, the third and final leg of the Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme (EIP) – Accelerating Commercialisation – is gearing up to make available funding to bridge the...more

IP|Trend: Keeping Your Start-Up Compliant [Video]

Start-ups are often focused on getting their product to market and ensuring that their financial runway is adequate to do so. Often though, they leave corporate compliance issues on the back burner. This can have devastating...more

Third Quarter Venture Funding Declines 27% from Second Quarter

Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the third quarter of 2014. ...more

Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

Blog: You Never Issued Stock To Your Founders. Is That A Problem?

You and your co-founders have begun exploring a new business idea. You plan to incorporate, build out a team and raise capital in the future. However, before incorporating you decide to divide ownership in the future company...more

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants

In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US...more

Entrepreneurship: New Idea or Just Old-fashioned Problem Solving?

It seems to me that every other business article written today, in one way or another, touches on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Many of us throw the terms around in our everyday conversations, including myself recently...more

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Sued and Fighting Back

You finally figured out the product. You hired the right guys. You released your beta version to 10,000 users and the response has been off the charts. You’re about to close your third round of funding with a valuation you...more

7 Questions with David Raynor of Accelerate Legal, Inc.

We’re excited to debut a new feature here on the Trebuchet blog! 7 Questions with … will give you an inside glimpse into the lives of various individuals involved in the legal profession, but in very different ways. Today...more

After SoundCloud & Wunderlist: How Berlin plans to grow its startup scene [Video]

Sept. 12, 2014 -- Stefan Franzke, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, talks about his organization and how it helps startups operate in Berlin at the Transatlantic Entrepreneur Partnership Conference in New York City....more

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