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For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs, Financing Deals Often Come In More Flavors Than Just Vanilla: Insights from Nutter’s Will...

Will Bernat, a partner in Nutter’s Business Department and a member of the firm’s Emerging Companies and Commercial Finance practice groups, weighed in on financing deals for food and beverage companies in Nutter Insights....more

It’s Hunting Season. For Unicorns? Lawsuit Against Theranos Signals Trend In Investors Going After Late-Stage Start-ups

Last week brought more bad news for private blood testing company Theranos Inc., as San Francisco-based Partner Fund Management L.P. (“PFM”) launched a suit claiming that it was duped into making a $96.1 million investment in...more

Make sure you get what you pay for with Independent Contractors: Pitfalls of a “Work Made for Hire” Agreement

As the owner or manager of a newly minted business, you are likely inclined to engage independent contractors to design your web site, create your marketing materials and perhaps even provide services to your clients....more

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor Jason Calacanis (@jason) In Conversation with @HsuUntied  [Audio]

Today, my guest is Jason Calacanis, a successful entrepreneur and angel investor. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Calacanis’s first success was starting Weblogs, Inc., which was sold to AOL in 2005. Since then, he has been an...more

Minimizing Federal Income Tax on Sale of Qualified Small Business Stock

A taxpayer who is considering the sale of certain stock may have the opportunity to exclude or defer part or all of the gain on such sale. To be eligible for the exclusion or deferral, such stock must be “qualified small...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

For a start-up looking to unseat Bloomberg as the go-to insider source for financial news [other than this blog, of course], there’s a surefire way to gain some instant credibility: hire one of Bloomberg’s former top execs,...more

Chasing Waterfalls

Previously I discussed the importance of a company’s cap table. In addition to the importance of the cap table while the company is a going concern, it is critically important during the exit because it is a key tool in...more

Second Quarter Venture Funding Increases 20% from First Quarter

Earlier this year, 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 second quarter of...more

Decline in venture capital funding for Fintech companies following Brexit vote

Innovative Finance, the UK’s fintech trade body, has reported that funding for UK companies has declined by a third in comparison with the levels seen in 2015. Innovative Finance blamed the Brexit vote for the decline, as UK...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Should Your Startup Take the B Corp Route? To B Corp or not to B Corp? If that’s the question your startup is asking, WilmerHale Partner Mick Bain offers...more

US IPO Market Quarterly Review

Renaissance Capital has released its 3Q 2016 Quarterly Review of the US IPO Market. The review reports an improved third quarter with 33 deals completed, raising approximately $6.1 billion. Renaissance attributes the rise in...more

September 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

The past month’s judicial and administrative activity in the area of IC misclassification reflects the wide range of industries facing these types of claims: communications; cleaning services; transportation and delivery...more

SBA Proposes Updates and Improvements to Early Stage SBIC Program

The proposed rule reflects SBA’s intent to continue licensing and providing SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the initial five-year term previously announced. On September 19, the U.S. Small Business...more

CFPB Sends Clear Message That FinTech Start-Ups Have Same Obligations as Established Companies

In a clear message to FinTech start-ups, on September 27, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered online lender Flurish, Inc. to pay $1.83 million in refunds and a civil penalty of $1.8 million for...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Hacking Law That Can’t Hack It - For 30 years and counting, courts have struggled with the vagaries of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal law...more

USCIS Proposes a New Rule for International Entrepreneurs, October Visa Bulletin, and More...

On August 26, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a proposed new rule for international entrepreneurs. Under the rule, entrepreneurs will be considered for parole (temporary...more

Tighter connections between the Bay Area and Israel will encourage investment flows

Silicon Valley trends are often soon felt in its Israel equivalent Silicon Wadi. The two start-up ecosystems are intrinsically linked. In April this year, the connection between the two regions was further tightened when...more

China’s search for Israeli assets is to be welcomed but it won’t change the preference for early exits

The exit outlook for Israeli M&A is especially positive, particularly in light of the ever-growing interest from the Far East. While the vast majority of inbound capital still comes from the US, China has emerged as a...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2016

The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other business...more

New Capital-Raising Initiatives for Alberta-based Start-up Businesses

On July 26, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted a start-up business exemption (ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses), which is designed to be a simpler and less costly capital raising...more

Alberta’s Prospectus Exemption For Start-Up Businesses

Alberta recently brought in a few rule changes which may be of interest: ASC Rule 45-517 Prospectus Exemption for Start-up Businesses (Start-up Business Exemption – PDF) (effective July 19, 2016) is designed to “facilitate...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Long-Term Success Starts With Managing Your Startup's Runway - This week’s post is all about fundraising. Managing your startup’s money can be just as...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Ransomware Prevention Highlighted at FTC Technology Workshop - When a piece of software or an online service is your company’s most valuable asset, it’s...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 14, Issue 3

Supplemental Examination: Potential Benefits vs. Guaranteed Risks - The America Invents Act of 2011 introduced supplemental examination of patents as a post-grant process intended to limit expensive and unpredictable...more

Immigration Update: Entrepreneurs May Have a New Way to Start Up in the United States

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule that could provide an unusual type of immigration benefit called "parole" to individuals seeking a key role in start-up entities in the United States backed...more

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