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Defensive Publication: An Alternate Way of Maintaining Your Turf in a Competitive Marketplace

It is common knowledge that the bread-and-butter of emerging startups lies in securing exclusive rights to key aspects of their implicated technology. Staking claims to valuable IP assets via direct ownership or exclusive...more

7 Key Roles of a Successful Startup CEO

In your experience, what’s the most important role that a startup CEO should fulfill? That’s the question we put recently to JD Supra contributors, many of whom have spent years working with successful entrepreneurs in...more

Angel investment trends; 2013 year in review

Yesterday, the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released their angel group 2013 year in review, the Halo Report. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States....more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Considers Whether Corporations Can Lie to Investors - Nasdaq Enters Pre-IPO Market with Private Exchange - Many Early-Stage Start-Ups Still Struggle to Get Funding - Venture...more

Pre-formation Investments: Thinking Ahead

Investors in private equity funds (Funds) typically invest in blind pools, under which passive investors commit to invest a designated amount of cash in a Fund over an investment period while relying solely upon the Fund’s...more

Details on Amendments to the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit

Regular readers of entreVIEW are no doubt aware that the Minnesota Angel Tax Credit, a frequent topic of interest here, ran out of funds a few weeks ago. The $12.2 million available for issuance had been used up by early...more

A tipping point in US capital markets: the impact of the JOBS Act on foreign issuers

For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century, the US equities market has been the deepest, broadest and largest equities market in the world. Historically, growing companies, whether domestic or foreign, have south...more

The Odd Case Of The Unformed Applicant And The Non-Complying Name Holder

Suppose you are forming an LLC and have even settled on the perfect name. Alas, the Secretary of State’s office refuses to file the articles of organization because your perfect name is so perfect that someone has already...more

Beware of Clever Angels

Angel funding is a critical source of capital for early stage companies. This type of financing will typically raise from $100,000 to $1,000,000 – with even higher amounts coming from so-called “super angels.” Yet, at this...more

Back to Basics – Choosing the Right Entity for Your Business

There are several different options when forming a business entity. Whether starting a new business or reevaluating an existing one, choosing the right entity structure involves several important considerations including...more

Making Sense of Your Options: Raising Capital In Private Offerings

Let’s say you have started/built this really great business that needs funding right now to launch, survive, expand, take it to the next level, etc. If you are not ready for an I.P.O. yet, and the “ready-for-prime-time”...more

"Private Equity and Angel Investment"

As a new author to entreVIEW, I wanted to write about a topic near and dear to the hearts (and pocketbooks) of entrepreneurs—money! While private capital raising remains tough, there has been a shift to alternative asset...more

Testing the Waters

An issuer that is considering or that has commenced an initial public offering (“IPO”) should take special care to familiarize itself with the communications rules applicable to offerings....more

3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product....more

FAQ for Entrepreneurs

You’re an entrepreneur and you have a great idea for a new product. Or maybe you’ve already created a product, like an app, and have sold it to several customers. So, when should you talk to a lawyer and what should you ask?...more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Fourth Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

Entrepreneurs: 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Lawyer

Have you ever hired a lawyer for your business? Did you know what questions to ask, or how to evaluate whether or not they could deliver what you need?...more

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MLMLegal.com Launches the Innovation Campaign for the February 27th & 28th, 2014 MLM Startup Conference! Fill out the short survey here to receive two free tickets (worth $345.00!) to the next MLM Startup Conference in Las...more

Random Thoughts on the Heels of Another Cold and Snowy Winter Day…

Is it just me, or has the financing activity for early stage companies picked up recently? I don’t have any empirical data to support that observation, just some anecdotal evidence. We are working on several financing...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 14, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Rules Steel Workers Need Not be Paid for Changing Clothes - NLRB Proposes Rules to Streamline Unionization Voting Process - Obama Administration Delays Another Health Insurance...more

How and Why Your Team Is Everything (And Other Essentials for Startup Success...)

The multi-faceted answer to our question: over the years working with entrepreneurs and inventors, what have you seen as an essential attribute to startup success?...more

SEC Releases Proposed Rule Amendments to Regulation A

On December 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its proposed rule amendments to Regulation A, which were required by Section 401 of the JOBS Act. Among the changes, the proposed rules create two tiers of...more

Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents

The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? ...more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

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