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Novartis and Qualcomm Form Digital Health Investment Company

Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced it has formed a joint investment company with Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm....more

2014 IPO Statistics: IPO Boom?

IPO recovery? Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. That’s right: an astounding 275 IPOs were completed in 2014, topping the 2013 total of 222 by more than 23%. Total U.S. IPO proceeds...more

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

Employment and Labor Law Road Map for Employers Entering the U.S. Market

Foreign companies and investors that enter the U.S. market will be governed by numerous state and federal labor and employment laws. When opening a business in the United States, it is therefore critical to work with...more

Small Business Administration Issues Call for Early Stage Managers

Call Notice and Application Process - On January 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a “Call for Early Stage Fund Managers” in the Federal Register, inviting all interested early stage fund managers...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - January 2015

In This Edition: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: We are thrilled to...more

Equity Crowdfunding - A new way to raise money.

So you have a great idea for a new business but don’t have the money to get it off the ground. Equity crowdfunding is now a popular way to draw attention (and potential funders) to startups. But is it the right choice for...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

Federal Crowdfunding Efforts Stall While Tennessee Prepares for Takeoff

On January 1, 2015, pursuant to the Invest Tennessee Exemption (ITE), crowdfunding in Tennessee became legal, granting Tennessee-based companies and investors increased access to capital and broadened opportunities to invest....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

QSBS Tax Incentives Extended . . . For Now - Venture Capital and Early Stage and Emerging Companies Alert

What happened? - In the wee hours of December 16th, Congress passed H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (“TIPA”), a stopgap measure that, among other things, retroactively extends certain tax incentives...more

A Quick Guide To Venture Capital Law In Europe

How To Use This Guide: Private Equity and Venture Capital in Europe - Finance in Europe has been the subject of a wide range of new regulation since the onset of the economic downturn in 2007- 08. Increased...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

Orrick's Derivatives in Review - December 2014

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview - Startup companies and financial products focused on bitcoin continue to burgeon, resulting in various regulators recently proposing regulations, making...more

An Invitation to Investors Risks Losing Control of Your Business

Cleve and I recently discussed how a business owner’s divorce might result in losing control of the business. While loss of business control by marital divorce is a real threat, many business owners lose their companies...more

Administrative Changes Will Create Opportunities for Startups

As we recently reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions broadly covering immigration law. One such action relates to the implementation of a parole system for inventors,...more

Will New Facebook Rules Hurt or Help Small Businesses?

Health cleanses to lose unwanted weight in a matter of weeks! Images of beautiful jewelry to be purchased at great prices that you can even resell! Personalized handbags made to order! If you have a Facebook account, it is...more

Blog: Can You Patent Your Software?

Emerging companies often ask: “Is my idea patentable?” Many of these ideas relate to software. The patent eligibility of software is again a hot topic in the United States and around the world. Recent developments in US...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...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

Advisory Committee will Consider Accredited Investor Definition

The SEC announced that at the December 17th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the group will focus on the definition of “accredited investor.” ...more

Seed Capital reVIEW—2nd Half of 2014

Welcome to the second edition of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray Plant Mooty. as with our prior report, this version analyzes seed and angel capital financings by...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

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