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Cold but exhilarating in Davos

We're just back from our second visit to the Davos 'fringe' with Innovate Finance and several FinTech momentum players. Numerous events and discussions on a wide range of topics take place alongside the main World Economic...more

Avoiding Common Mistakes Made by Startups in Acquisitions

So you’ve built a quality product that is being heavily consumed and a larger company is now seeking to acquire your startup. This blog post provides tips for avoiding common mistakes made by startup companies during...more

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup

When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies, and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d...more

SBA's New Rule Offers Some Welcome Changes for the Franchise Community

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has been a key player in franchise development, providing loan guarantees for franchisee start-ups. As a condition for providing these guarantees, the SBA historically required a...more

DHS Finalizes Entrepreneur Parole Rule, Expanding Options for Foreign National Entrepreneurs

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule.” This rule follows President Obama’s November 14, 2014 promise to use existing statutory...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Securing Your Series A Round in 2017: Five Things to Do Now - Series A deals declined in 2016, but you can still beat the odds with the right planning and...more

Boozelaw: TTB Adopts Changes Designed to Benefit Startup Brewers, Winemakers and Distillers

For certain brewers, wine makers and distillers, the gift-giving season did not necessarily end in December. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently announced it has adopted changes that may impact the tax...more

DIFC to Launch FinTech Hive

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is set to launch the FinTech Hive—an accelerator program for developing financial technology (fintech) start-ups and entrepreneurs—in the first quarter of 2017. The FinTech Hive...more

Top 5 Patent Red Flags in Life Sciences Due Diligence

Since IP represents 75 to 90% of the value of life science transactions, due diligence is a critical component of the valuation process....more

Start-Up Advisors and Teamwork

While it’s always important to have the right professionals representing you, including your attorney and accountant, it is also very important that they all work together as a team for your benefit. This point cannot be...more

5 Ways to Foster Innovation in Your Business

At the Blakes Innovation Forum recently held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, leading entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, legal experts and business leaders came together to discuss how to bring innovation into the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Some early signs of the focus of SoftBank’s “hugely ambitious” $100 billion investment fund are beginning to emerge, and at first blush, it appears a majority of the cash will land in private and public markets rather than...more

Two International Entrepreneurs Start under New York’s International Innovators Visa Program

Understanding the scarcity of H-1B visas, early in 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), launched the International Innovators...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty - Job hopping is the new normal for many startup employees, but turnover can hurt morale and company culture....more

It’s a Wrap – The Year in India That Was

Key developments in the Indian legal landscape in 2016 - From the Startup India campaign launched in January 2016 to the coming into force of substantial provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in December 2016,...more

Craft brewery startups: Early stage IP considerations

By all accounts, as we head into 2017, the craft beer industry will continue to experience tremendous growth. This is due to primarily to increasing consumer demand. Also, favorable legislation in some states should help fuel...more

Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty

Two years here. Three years there. Another five somewhere else. Frequent job-hopping used to be a red flag, suggesting to prospective employers that a candidate was unfocused and disloyal. Originally published on...more

Valuation Disconnect Leads to 2016 IPO Drought

2016 turned out to be a terrible year for IPOs, both in terms of number of deals and aggregate proceeds. According to Renaissance Capital’s U.S. IPO Market 2016 Annual Review, only 105 companies went public on U.S....more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WTF is a Liquidation Preference? Hint: It’s not something you forgot from 10th grade chemistry or that you’re asked about by a mixologist at a fancy cocktail...more

Spectrum Powering the Internet of Things

Leaders from the public and private sectors recently analyzed the relationship between federal spectrum policy and the Internet of Things (IoT) at the Fifth Annual Winnik International Telecoms and Internet Forum. In a...more

Founder & CEO Sandy Kurtzig Discusses Startup Life with @HsuUntied  [Audio]

Today, my guest is Sandy Kurtzig, who has been the founder, co-founder and investor in many successful software companies. She founded her first company, the ASK Group and grew the company into one of the ten largest software...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 'Regtech' startups see more business in Trump era - Startups are beginning to react to the looming possibility of deregulation under the incoming...more

Newest MNvest Crowdfunding Portal To Rely on Blockchain Technology

An equity and debt based crowdfunding portal built on Blockchain technology is set to begin offering crowd-sourced financing opportunities to non-accredited investors under Minnesota’s MNvest crowdfunding legislation. Silicon...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Here’s what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups - The US Federal Reserve made headlines this week by raising its benchmark interest...more

The Management Rights Letter…What Does it Do and Should I Sign it?

In the world of venture capital investment, there certainly is no shortage of paperwork and documentation to accompany every financing. Term sheets, stock purchase agreements, convertible notes, stockholders agreements and...more

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