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Why You Don't Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the capital of venture capital and the acknowledged headquarters of disruptive ideas, fierce determination and hard work. That aura of potential casts a golden glow on the zillions of Bay Area startups...more

Facebook v. Vachani – User Authorization Can Be Revoked By Service Providers

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision that could have far reaching implications for the relationships between companies that provide online services, their customers or users, and third...more

Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal - Amid the Brexit fallout, the EU is pushing forward on its new “Privacy Shield” agreement with the...more

New Legal Startups Are Changing the Practice of Law

Corporate Counsel recently reported on the dramatic growth of legal startups over the last two years — increasing from 412 to 1,104 today. This showed the increase in innovation targeting legal technology. While it’s valuable...more

An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

Factoring Convertible Debt into your Next Equity Round Price

In the past we’ve talked about structuring and maintaining capitalization tables and thresholds and mechanics involved in converting convertible notes into equity. It makes sense that convertible notes would impact a...more

Failing to Put in Place an Appropriate Buy-sell Agreement Among the Business Owners - Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal...

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip? #2?? - Put in Place an Appropriate Buy-sell Agreement Among the Business Owners... ...more

Anatomy of a Term Sheet: Series A Financing (Q2 2016)

A key milestone in the lifecycle of many successful companies (and, admittedly, many unsuccessful companies) is obtaining financing from angel or venture capital investors, but in negotiating with experienced investors...more

Brexit: The Impact on the EC/VC Community

The process of Brexit and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all our offices and working with our clients on...more

Right to Veto Clause Prevents Partnership’s Virtual Reality Lawsuit

A judge in the Northern District Court of California ruled that a virtual reality firm’s “right to veto” provision in its partnership agreement prevented the company from bringing suit against Oculus VR, LLC (“Oculus”), a...more

Finding liquidity in late stage private markets

The environment for growth companies is changing. For a start, 2016 has seen a marked slowdown in the number of IPOs that have come to the market globally. ?Conditions including the European referendum, U.S. presidential...more

Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business - Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later - Common Legal Mistakes Made by Small...

Pay Me Now or Pay Me Later is a series of short tips on common legal mistakes small business owners make. Tip? #1?? - Failing to Choose the Best Entity Structure for Your Business...more

Fix Crowdfunding Act and Venture Capital Bill Pass House

The Fix Crowdfunding Act (H.R. 4855) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 394 to 4. It doesn’t look much like the original bill we reported on here. As passed by the House, the bill allows special purpose...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - June 2016

For technology companies seeking investment capital, the new SEC regulations on crowdfunding that went into effect on May 16, 2016 present new funding options by expanding the pool of investors beyond the traditional funding...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: What Brexit Means for Tech Startups - Brexit news dominated headlines this week, so here’s a roundup from the startup perspective....more

Startup M&A: Why a Letter of Intent Deserves Your Full Attention

You might know it as a letter of intent or a term sheet. Maybe you’ve heard it referred to as an MOU, or memorandum of understanding. Whatever you call it, this document of about five pages is a summary of the terms of a deal...more

It's Okay to Venture Away: Alternative Financing Structures for Startups

When it comes to scaling your startup business, choosing your financing partners is critical. Luckily, entrepreneurs have many choices with new entrants into the market on almost a daily basis. The Kauffman Index estimates...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup spending guide: When freebies will do - Startups can benefit from free services to make their websites more efficient and user-friendly. See these...more

Pied Piper Is Like Empty Tables, and Empty Chairs (Silicon Valley – Episode 27)

“Not much to report this week, dear readers! Everything is perfectly fine.” Or so says Jared. But as Gilfoyle is quick to point out, “That’s a lie.” The problem is that even though the Pied Piper product has incredible...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

What’s in a VC Term Sheet?

You’ve just received your first venture capital term sheet. Congratulations—you’ve earned it. Now what does it all mean? “Pre-money valuation,” “liquidation preference,” “pro-rata participation rights”? A seasoned venture...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.23.16

It was House day for Chair Yellen on the Hill, and if you guessed that in this election year her final appearance before this Congress was more about her questioners scoring political points than it was anything related to...more

Flip Transactions: Taking your Startup from Europe to the U.S.

Considering moving your startup from Europe to the United States? A “flip” into a U.S. corporate legal structure may be best for the long-term growth of your business. Foreign technology startups seek to reorganize in the...more

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