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Australian government commits to reform tax treatment of employee stock awards: 5 takeaways for US-based companies

The Australian government has committed to reform the tax treatment of employee stock awards as part of its Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, in an effort to retain top talent and boost entrepreneurship in...more

Funding Opportunities for Early-Stage Clean Energy Companies from MassCEC

Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage...more

Third Quarter Venture Funding Declines 27% from Second Quarter

Last week, 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 third quarter of 2014. ...more

Tax Me Once

For technology and other start-ups, going public can be doubly taxing—literally. “Traditionally, a pre-IPO company is structured as a C corporation, which is legally subject to two tax layers, the first assessed on...more

Business Litigation Reporter -- October 2014

California - Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement Not Enforced Against Individual Consumer. In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of B&N’s motion...more

Introducing a New Drug Into the Marketplace in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

Mindful that this series of articles describes biotech ventures that are ripe for initial public offerings even before launching an income-producing drug product into the commercial market, the paramount objective for all...more

Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

Tech Transfers in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO Success

Many biotech ventures begin life as an invention conceived by a scientist/professor working in a laboratory at a federally-funded university or scientific institute. The intellectual property underlying such inventions is...more

Building Brand Equity: Crowdfunding and the Retail Industry

Ask anyone who follows innovation what topics are hot and it is likely most of them will say “crowdfunding.” By now, sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have created thousands of loyal followers. In recent months even the...more

Grumpy Old Venture Capitalists

Last week I attended a panel session entitled “Grumpy Old Venture Capitalists” which was hosted by Club Entrepreneur, a local club that hosts semi-monthly lunches for those in the entrepreneurial community. Norm Dann, Andy...more

New California Law Sets the Stage for Insurance Regulation of Uber, Lyft

The emergence and success of ridesharing companies has sparked questions and debates over the gaps in insurance coverage created when private drivers offer commercial driving services. Ridesharing companies – such as Lyft,...more

Work Visa Options for Small Businesses and Start-Up Companies

Small businesses and start-up companies make up a large portion of corporate America, with unique hiring and HR needs. In some cases, as a small business or a start-up company looks to expand, it will consider hiring foreign...more

Blog: You Never Issued Stock To Your Founders. Is That A Problem?

You and your co-founders have begun exploring a new business idea. You plan to incorporate, build out a team and raise capital in the future. However, before incorporating you decide to divide ownership in the future company...more

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants

In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US...more

"Hong Kong v. New York: The Competition for Chinese Tech IPOs"

In September 2014, Alibaba completed the largest IPO in history, raising US$25 billion in its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) offering. In the buildup to the high-profile offering, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited...more

Citrix Acquires South Florida Startup

South Florida’s tech startups are causing a commotion in the industry — and tech giants are taking notice. In hopes of enhancing its mobile workplace delivery platform, software behemoth Citrix Systems announced last week...more

Navigating Employment-Based Visas for Startups

Startups often seek to hire highly educated employees with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) fields in order to compete with their established competitors. Post-graduate international students...more

House Passes Bill H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act”

On September 16, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5405 “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” The bill addresses a number of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act)-related matters,...more

Angels in Limbo: Congress and SEC Consider Regulatory Changes with Potential for Profound Effects on Start-Up Investments

Three events occurred during 2013 that have the potential to significantly affect angel investment around the country: (1) the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) lifted the prohibition on general solicitation for...more

Quirky Question #241, Working for Free In Montana At A Start-Up Business

Quirky Question - I was laid off by my Montana employer and I have decided to help my brother with his start up business. I will be a 50% owner but we are not going to take a salary until revenue is substantial. An...more

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to...more

In re Nine Systems Corp. S'holders Litig., Consol. C.A. No. 3940-VCN (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this 146-page post-trial opinion addressing claims challenging a 2002 recapitalization of Nine Systems Corporation (“Nine Systems”), the Court of Chancery held that a conflicted transaction resulting in a fair price...more

Entrepreneurship: New Idea or Just Old-fashioned Problem Solving?

It seems to me that every other business article written today, in one way or another, touches on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Many of us throw the terms around in our everyday conversations, including myself recently...more

Crowdfunding: Tips for the Start-Up

If you are a start-up considering the crowdfunding route, let’s talk. Here are a few tips to consider: - IP: Most crowdfunding portals require extensive disclosure of the start-up’s business plans and product...more

1099ers Exposing Startups, Private Equity Firms to Costly Liability

A recent online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley startup tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax and benefit law...more

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