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Should You Be an LLC or S Corp?

The answer is it depends, as a business owner, on what your goals and objectives are. Both LLCs and S corporations are tax efficient. LLCs and S corporations are both pass-through entities; meaning, generally speaking,...more

KISS the SAFE Goodbye? Another Alternative for Start-up Financing

Only recently, we debated the merits of the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), an alternative funding mechanism for early-stage companies designed to replace the industry-standard convertible note financing....more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

House Financial Services Committee Mark-Up of JOBS Act Bills

On May 20th, the Committee will be meeting beginning at 10am in an open session to mark up eleven bills that relate to various capital formation and JOBS Act measures. We have reported on a number of these bills in prior...more

Crowdfunding: A New Way for Montana Companies to Raise Money

A new exemption passed in the Montana 2015 legislative session will allow Montana companies to use crowdfunding to offer and sell securities in Montana beginning July 1, 2015. This exemption is subject to various limitations...more

SEC Radically Revamps Regulation A - Part 1

Eligibility and Offering Size - For many years, SEC Regulation A languished as an exemption from registration that nobody really used. Although securities issued in a Regulation A offering are not “restricted securities”...more

Americans Stand On the Cusp of a Money Revolution

Americans are standing on the cusp of a revolution in how we access and use money, a revolution that could make our economic lives more secure and our economy more robust. Just as e-commerce freed merchants and customers from...more

b Spot Named Top Start-Up by TieCon

Congratulations to b Spot, a licensed mobile games community that lets adults legally wager and win cash in the US, which has been named a TiE50 Start Up for 2015. After screening 2,716 companies worldwide, then narrowing...more

VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

House Small Business Committee Hearing on P2P

Last week, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing to discuss the rise of peer-to-peer lending and the availability of capital for small businesses. The testimony from leaders in the P2P sector provides an overview...more

In-Store Monitoring: How to Enjoy the Benefits of Tracking While Minimizing Potential Privacy Issues

In the latest example of the conflict between technological innovation and privacy concerns, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement agreement last month with Nomi Technologies, Inc. Nomi is a startup...more

Uber and Other Startups Facing Independent Contractor Disputes

Perhaps the blurriest line in employment law is the difference between an independent contractor and employee. Companies prefer contractor status because it is cheaper and offers more flexibility. ...more

Who Wins With Google's New Patent Marketplace (Other Than Google)?

There’s something off about Google’s Patent Purchase Promotion....more

Ready for Investment? What to Expect in a Typical Preferred Stock Term Sheet

If your company is ready for investment, congratulations! You've reached a milestone. Now you must ensure that both you and your investors have a documented understanding of the terms under which they will make a financial...more

Around the Virtual World: May 4 – 8, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Goldman a Lead Investor in Funding Round for Bitcoin Startup Circle - Hands-on With...more

Mini-bonds – So good things come in small packages?

This may be a slightly odd question with which to start a legal blog post, but do you like burritos, wine, or chocolate? Who doesn’t, right? If only there was a way of making money off your addiction to tasty Mexican treats...more

FTC Ramps Up Scrutiny of Retail Location Analytics

To improve customer experience and understand customers’ movements and interactions on their premises, retailers, hotels and other brick-and-mortar businesses increasingly use signals from mobile devices to observe their...more

A Summary of 2015’s Proposed Patent Reform Legislation

This year’s debate on federal patent reform has begun in earnest. Last Friday, the White House expressed its support for the leading Senate bill, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S. 1137), and...more

Getting the Measure of EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources

Corporate governance has changed dramatically in the nearly 13 years since passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and in the nearly five years since enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection...more

SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

Overview - In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in...more

Trademark Dos and Dont's: Conducting a Trademark Clearance Search

So you’ve come up with a creative name for your business or your product. You have thought hard about it, and probably feel a vested interest in this name. The next step in protecting your name is to conduct what is known as...more

[Event] Immigration Basics for Startup Founders - May 7, San Diego, CA

This discussion will focus on simplifying complicated immigration issues, including work visas, investor visas, and permanent residency. This talk is very relevant for our international community of entrepreneurs in San...more

Developments in Prospectus Exemptions

On May 5, 2015, certain changes to the prospectus exemptions under National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) come into force. These changes include amendments to the accredited investor exemption and the...more

Converting Your Convertible Note

If you just invested in the next big thing by way of a convertible promissory note, you will want to ensure that, when it converts, you get all of the equity to which you’re entitled. Does your note convert at the valuation...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

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