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Startup Real Estate Tip: The 'Good Guy' Guaranty - Slow Down a Second

by JD Supra Perspectives on

If you are contemplating agreeing to execute a good guy guaranty, you must both be in control and be totally immune from being fired. Otherwise...more

West Coast Real Estate Update - June 2017 #1

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Google's New Office Space Could Have Huge Impact on Downtown San Jose - San Jose is the largest city in California's Silicon Valley, yet some of the tech industry's largest employers maintain their biggest offices...more

Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under...more

Accepting Strategic Investments – Pros & Cons for Start-Ups

by Bryan Cave on

Every startup wants to be Google or, at the very least, secure an investment from Google Ventures. Strategic investors, the investment arms of larger parent companies that focus on both financial and strategic returns, often...more

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

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Virtual Teamwork Can Deliver Startup Success - Forbes provides several startups’ guidelines for successfully running virtual teams. ...more

[Event] Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference - July 12th, Chicago Illinois

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

Please join us for the Second Annual Incubate Illinois Conference. Learn how: - Startups across Chicago accelerate their growth in one of the city's many incubators. - New companies can receive investments from...more

How Startups Can Protect Their IP Rights

by Revision Legal on

For businesses that are just starting out, intellectual property (IP) rights can be immensely valuable. Your IP rights could be the business asset that sets your company apart from your competitors. Equally important to...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

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Seniority Matters - There is little doubt that activity in the trading of secondary shares of private companies remains robust. Private companies are staying private longer and there seems to be an unlimited demand to buy...more

Corporate Venture Capital Survey: Q1 2017

by Morgan Lewis on

During the first quarter of 2017, corporate venture capital (CVC) programs at major companies continued to make significant investments in promising startups and late-stage enterprises. In this survey, we briefly review...more

Accelerators and Incubators

Accelerators and incubators have been around for decades, but, recently, their popularity has grown exponentially. Last year, Entrepreneur reported that there were 10 times more accelerators in the U.S. in 2016 than there...more

The Gig Economy, Independent Contractors, and New York Law

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

The gig economy (on-demand work) is a disruptive factor in many industries, including the housing market (Airbnb, Homeaway), transportation services (Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via), delivery services (Postmates, Caviar, Instacart),...more

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

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Tackled an Issue That’s all too Familiar to Startups: The Threat of Frivolous Patent Litigation - The threat of frivolous patent...more

Legal Mechanics of Organizing Corporations

by WilmerHale on

The legal mechanics of organizing corporations encompass a variety of corporate, tax, securities and business considerations. By anticipating the special problems and situations which are likely to arise in the course of the...more

NAIC Insurance Summit 2017: Innovation and Disruption Are Top of Mind for State Regulators

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From May 22-26 Mintz Levin participated in the annual NAIC Insurance Summit in Kansas City. A main theme of this year’s Summit was technology and innovation. The Summit was remarkable in that it served as a meeting grounds...more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel - Full Year 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during the year 2016. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

IoT Startups & Exits: CEOs & Investors Share Wins, Trade Scars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday May 31st, the Boston Foley & Lardner office hosted the third installment of the Boston/New England IoT Meetup series. The Internet of Things (IoT) focuses on the vast network of devices connected to the internet,...more

Road Map to Europe III - Why Europe is an Increasingly Exciting Place to Fund and Grow Companies

With an increasingly mature tech ecosystem, Europe has never been more attractive to international venture capital and growth equity investors. European Tech had its best ever fundraising year in 2016 with European companies...more

Why SAFEs Can be Confusing

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Entrepreneurs often raise capital with a combination of convertible notes and an agreement called a SAFE, or Simple Agreement for Future Equity. A SAFE seems like a no-nonsense DIY solution for early-stage companies—but...more

How to Set Up a Fintech Business in the UAE – Part 1: Onshore Financial Service Regulation and Licensing

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

UAE-based fintech companies should understand the applicable onshore regulations — many of which are new and largely untested — when providing specific services. Key Points: ..UAE fintech companies need sophisticated...more

Payer/Provider Digital Health Investments Increase in Q1 2017

Last September, we noted that payers and providers were expected to become increasingly active digital health strategic investors given their challenges to improve margins and outcomes....more

Why Should Startups Care About Intellectual Property?

by Varnum LLP on

Sales…marketing…revenue…getting more customers…growing my company – these are all at the top of the mind of startups and early stage companies and rightfully so, because without revenue, there will be no company. However,...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WTF is an ICO? ICO’s might be the crypto-currency world's song of the summer. TechCrunch dives into the new and interesting trend around initial coin offerings....more

Key Considerations for Middle East Entities Looking to Invest in US Technology Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Four of Latham & Watkins’ leading emerging company partners in Silicon Valley, Luke Bergstrom, Tad Freese, Jim Morrone and JD Marple, recently hosted a webinar titled “Achieving Successful Outcomes as a Non-US Company...more

Calculating the EGC’s $1 Billion Debt Limit

Amongst other limitations, an issuer will cease to be considered an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act and unable to take advantage of the accommodations for such issuers set forth...more

Circular on Pilot Tax Policies for Venture Capital Firms and Individual Angel Investors

In order to promote the sustainable and healthy development of venture capital investment, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation have jointly promulgated the Circular on Pilot Tax Policies for...more

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