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Have Accelerators Reached Saturation Point?

A few weeks ago, I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MassChallenge accelerator space. There were hundreds of people there, including the founders of TechSandBox, an accelerator in Hopkinton, MA, and Smarter in...more

Raising Money? Don’t Forget About the Tax Credits

With many states continuing to use tax credits to seed entrepreneurial growth, entrepreneurs and legal counsel must understand the applicable state-sponsored programs and position qualifying businesses to take advantage of...more

Entrepreneurial Growth and Recruitment Strategy: An Economic Development Formula for Success

Historically, most local economic development efforts, or regional efforts among a group of counties, have focused on business recruitment. These efforts have generally been focused on large business recruitment projects. ...more

Neglecting Trademark Protection Could Be a Costly Mistake

So you’ve formed a new company, launched a new product/service offering, added a new feature to an existing offering, or maybe your company has been doing business and offering products/services for a while now but you still...more

Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics

By carefully considering the forms of business entity that are available and then intelligently choosing an appropriate one, you can reduce exposure to liabilities, save taxes and launch the business in a form capable of...more

Protecting Your Founder Equity

Even though you may have the urge to share the potential success with everyone that has helped you along the way and to tell them all about it, there is a right way to do this with both co-founders and non-founders to avoid...more

Can You Raise Money From Investors Who Are Not “Accredited Investors”?

A question I receive frequently from entrepreneurs raising capital for the first time is whether they can raise money from people who do not meet the SEC definition of “accredited investors.” The easy answers are “you...more

Where Should You Incorporate?

To succeed at this, you’ll need to do two things: (1) determine the entity structure for your business (see our article Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics) and, if you decide to incorporate, (2) choose a state...more

3 Reasons Why Tech Startups Struggle with Discrimination and Harassment Training (And 5 Effortless Ways to Protect Your Startup)

I get it – snooze-worthy, old-fashioned harassment and discrimination training isn’t in line with the vibe you’re trying to create at your hip tech startup. You want to be laid back, cut out all the corporate bull$&^*, build...more

Week in Review

According to an article in The New York Times this week, high level executives make up the majority of tablet users in the workplace. That may change, though, as in the workplace tablet usage increases. It was predicted this...more

Start-Up Tech Company Will Not Change the Future of Television

On June 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in a highly controversial tech case involving cable broadcasters. With cable pricing increasing astronomically over the years, start-up Aereo Inc. created a...more

Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources,...more

New Senate Bill Introduced to Clarify Definition of General Solicitation

The text of S. 2498, introduced by Senator Murphy in late June, was finally released. The bill is titled the “HALOS Act”, or “Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act.” Angel investors have expressed concerns regarding the...more

Do You Need a Pre-Nup … for Your Co-Founders?

When you pop the question, “Will you co-found with me?”, you are probably not already thinking about separation. However, not all partnerships will go the distance. Personalities will clash. Creative visions will...more

Private Fund Update - June 2014 #3

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Securities and Exchange Commission - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) - Private Equity...more

Seed Capital Review: Fall 2013 Survey Of Angel Financings

Welcome to the first installment of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray plant mooty. this is our first periodic report analyzing seed capital being raised by companies in...more

Policyholder Observer

Encryption Flaw "Heartbleed" Creates Data Risk: How Insurance Can Stanch the Bleeding - In early April, news broke of an encryption flaw named “Heartbleed” that exposed companies to data breaches for over two and one...more

Verifying Accredited Investors in Public Rule 506 Offerings: SIFMA Guidance

On June 23, 2014, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) published a memo outlining several specific methods for verifying accredited investor status that SIFMA believes would satisfy the...more

HALOS in the Making: Helping Angels Lead our Startups Act

On July 10, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted new rules to eliminate the prohibition against general solicitation and general advertising in certain securities offerings under Rule 506(c) of...more

What do Startup Companies Think about Long Term Professional Relationships?

MLMLegal.com and Babener & Associates have been with many network marketing companies from the very beginning, from startup to stable. We were involved in early stages of a number of leading MLM companies, including some...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Crowdfunding: What is it and Where is it Going?

On May 7, 2014, a group of four experts (Frank Williams, Four Bridges Capital; Gene Wright, Georgia Crowdfunding Association; Phil Shmerling, InCrowd Capital; and Zan Nicolli, Dickinson Wright) gathered via conference call...more

Digital Health Investments Rack up Another Impressive Month in May

Digital Health investment in May totaled $691 million, down from the impressive $924 million netted in April. The nearly $700 million in new capital, however, compares favorably to the $421 million taken in in March and shows...more

No Billboards, Please

Companies intending to seek funding under the JOBS Act’s crowdfunding provision gained a seeming advantage in September when the SEC removed its ban on the general solicitation or advertising of certain types of private...more

What Do Intrastate Crowdfunding and Peep Shows Have in Common?

As a corporate lawyer, I hate subjective standards. Give me a yes or no answer, a bright-line test, a set of rules to follow—anything to help me advise my client on how to get the deal done with as little risk as possible....more

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