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Boston Brewpub Hopsters Raises Fastest Reg CF Crowdfunding Ever

A brew pub—Hopsters Brewery—has raised more than $600,000 in what industry insiders are calling the "fastest crowdfund offering ever." The Boston-area brew pub and eatery used the WeFunders platform to raise funds in...more

Forming a Tax-Exempt Section 501(c)(3) Corporation

Although startups are traditionally for-profit ventures, the same principles used to launch a successful startup also apply to the formation of philanthropic enterprises. Generally when people discuss nonprofits, they...more

3 Biggest Workplace Law Concerns For Breweries And Brewpubs

As virtually all startups and small businesses know, one of the surest ways to kill a promising enterprise is to get involved in costly litigation. Breweries and brewpubs are no exception. The current rise in employment...more

Expanding Horizons for Startup and Small Companies Raising Capital

If you are a startup or small company looking to raise funds from investors, newly amended Rule 504 should catch your eye. Effective January 20, 2017, Rule 504 of Regulation D will allow startups and small companies to sell...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money - VCs and the founders should get on the same page before signing on the dotted line. ...more

Entity Selection Series | Part One: The Benefits of a Limited Liability Company

So, you developed the next great start-up idea and you are looking to organize your company… Initially, the entrepreneur will have to decide what type of entity to use and under what state to form the company. Various legal...more

Investment Highlights from CoinDesk’s State of the Blockchain

For anyone who hasn’t got around to reading CoinDesk’s third quarter State of the Blockchain report, here are some highlights pertaining to startup investment....more

Got Vendors? Guidelines for Third-Party Vendor Management

Third-party service providers are critical for startups’ growth. Independent developers, designers, marketing firms, and data analysts (among others) provide valuable services, but they also present difficult and unique...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Founders Have to Choose Between Growth—and Keeping Control - We get it—the company’s your baby and it’s tough to let go—but new research from the...more

Minnesota’s First Crowdfunding Portal Approved, But The Question Remains: Will Anyone Actually Use It?

On November 9, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Commerce approved the first crowdfunding portal operator, VentureNear.com, under the crowdfunding legislation known as MNvest. As soon as the portal is populated with...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startups Are Surviving Longer Than Ever - Three new market reports caught our eye this week. First, via Fast Company, the Kauffman Foundation’s annual...more

Potchain 1.0 and Blockchain

This is not a post about marijuana, weed, dope, pot or whatever you want to call marijuana. Well, maybe it is, but from a technological perspective on how the legal cannabis industry is embracing blockchain technology. If you...more

What is My Company Worth Now? The Importance of 409A to Equity Plans.

Assume your company recently had a significant positive development —a recent financing, a product launch, significant revenue growth, or perhaps even the possibility of an acquisition (or hypothetically, an IPO). Those are...more

Entering the Sandbox - Guidelines released for FinTech entrepreneurs and entities

Guidelines on entering the Sandbox - On 16 November 2016 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released its “regulatory sandbox” (Sandbox) guidelines for FinTech experiments to be conducted in a controlled...more

A Window into Trump’s SEC?

Insights into an SEC composed of Trump appointees can be gleaned from Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) opening statements at a committee hearing on SEC oversight, with testimony by outgoing SEC...more

Germany to Introduce Wider Merger Control Regime to Catch Tech Start-Ups

On 28 September 2016, the German government proposed legislation to amend the Act Against Restraints of Competition (GWB) for the ninth time. Presuming that it will pass the further steps required, the proposed amendment is...more

New capital raising initiatives for start-up businesses in Alberta

The Alberta Securities Commission (the ASC) has recently announced two initiatives intended to make it easier for Alberta businesses to access small levels of investment....more

I diritti particolari dei soci nelle società a responsabilità limitata e la creazione di “categorie di quote”

The company law reform of 2003, completely overhauling the limited company model, finds its foundation in the enhancement of the social role. The eminently personalist nature of the srl is expressed in the recognition of a...more

[Webinar] Online Public Offerings and Everything You Need to Know - Dec. 5th, 1:00 pm EST

December 5, 2016 A live webinar presented by StartEngine's CEO Ron Miller, Command Partners' CEO Roy Morejon and Smith Anderson Partner Benji Jones. This webinar will focus on the legal, marketing and platform components to...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Obvious Mistake Most Startups Know Not to Make (But Still Make Anyway) - Don’t mistake your big ambitions for an excuse not to start small....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Third Quarter 2016

We analyzed the terms of 149 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in venture valuations that began in the second...more

Being Prepared To File Business Divorce Litigation May Yield a Negotiated Agreement

Business owners who are having a dispute with their business partners (in New Jersey) should not read this blog and assume their only remedy is shareholder dispute litigation. Because of the cost – both in legal fees, and to...more

Author & Venture Partner Geoffrey Moore (@geoffreyamoore) Talks Crossing the Chasm w/ @HsuUntied  [Audio]

Today, my guest is Geoffrey Moore, an author, speaker, and advisor who wrote the groundbreaking book Crossing the Chasm in 1991. Since then, Geoff’s other best selling business books include Zone to Win, Escape Velocity,...more

ASC Adopts Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Small or Start-up Alberta Businesses

Effective October 31, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) adopted Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) which provides Alberta-based issuers with a crowdfunding prospectus exemption. MI 45-108 is...more

Employees of Start-Ups May Get A Break with Stock Options

In some circumstances, stock options may seem like a win-win for startups: they provide new companies with a means of compensating their employees during the company’s low-revenue, early days; meanwhile, they may incentivize...more

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