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Clean Robotics: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Accepting Funding Proposals for Innovative Robotics Solutions, Investment and...

On September 27, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) released a Request for Proposals seeking applications to the InnovateMass program, which provides up to $250,000 in grant funding for clean energy and water...more

Building Your Founding Team—Is There a Magic Number?

by WilmerHale on

During our recent webinar on seed fundraising, questions were raised on the ideal size of a company’s founding team and if there was a magic number that may be more attractive to investors. Jere Doyle, Managing Director of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If Netflix is to be believed (and, you know, it is a public company), there’s a LOT more Stranger Things and House of Cards on the way... Turns out Nelson Peltz’s failed quest for a P&G board seat was crazy close. As in,...more

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

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 10 Business Podcasts Every Entrepreneur Should Be Tuning Into Here are 10 podcasts Forbes recommends for small businesses. ...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Are Your Private Placement Documents Up To Date?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Over the last few years, many Canadian junior resource companies and startup companies have cut back on their legal spend, not necessarily undertaking a legal review of each new private placement of securities, or limiting...more

Five Takeaways From Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit

Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit started on an upbeat note with Rock Health’s Megan Zweig sharing the venture fund’s mid-year funding report. After the uncertainty brought by the 2016 presidential...more

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

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Letter from the Editors - Words are very powerful and the language we use often frames a discussion. For example, the term “shareholder activist” sounds like a consumer friendly person who has everyone’s best interests at...more

Know before your borrow: Risks for Start Ups in signing Employment Agreements with key employees

by Bryan Cave on

Generally, startups do not sign employment agreements with employees, but if you do, it is very important to understand what you are signing. For every well drafted executive employment agreement in the business world,...more

Insurance Regulators and Startups Discuss Pitfalls and Engagement at InsureTech Connect 2017

• Recent shifts in insurance regulation are driven by consumer demand. • Traps for the unwary mean that insurtech startups should engage with regulators early and often. • Brokers need to know how to navigate the...more

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

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: You Will Care About Intellectual Property Sooner or Later - Consider why IP is, or likely will be, critical to your business....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #4

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Valuation 101: The Problem of Going Too High or Too Low - As this quick read from Inc42 makes clear, startup valuations are always more art than...more

What Is the ILGIF, and How Can It Help Entrepreneurs?

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

For entrepreneurs and start-ups, it seems the search for capital is never finished, whether that means turning to friends and family for money or leveraging technology for crowdfunding. In Illinois, there is a significant...more

CFPB’s Project Catalyst Offers Comfort for Startups—but with a Cost

by Alston & Bird on

Project Catalyst finally takes off, giving companies a chance to pursue innovative strategies and products in the financial services sphere. Our Financial Services & Products Group takes stock of the CFPB’s very first...more

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

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: When to Let Your Competitors Be Your Investors - In this VentureBeat article, WilmerHale Partner Josh Fox discusses the risks and rewards of accepting funds...more

Proposed Legislation May Afford Broader Use of Regulation A

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives approved in a landslide vote the Improving Access to Capital Act (HR 2864), which would extend the use of Regulation A, an exemption from registration under the Securities Act,...more

Capital Formation Bills Advance in the Senate

Last week, the Senate passed three bipartisan bills that promote access to capital for small businesses and startups. The Senate bills, the House corollaries of which originally passed on March 9, 2017, include the...more

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

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Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How Pro Rata Works in Venture Capital Deals - VC’s suffer from FOMO just like the rest of us. ...more

Study Shows The Gig Economy Isn’t Just For Start-Ups

by Fisher Phillips on

When most hear the phrase “gig economy,” they immediately think about giants like Lyft and Uber. Personally, I use Lyft and Uber often while traveling and enjoy talking to drivers about why they choose to work in the gig...more

Cornell Tech Dedicates New Roosevelt Island Campus

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Cornell Tech celebrated a historic milestone today with the dedication of its new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. A collaboration of Cornell University (yes, my law school) and The Technion – Israel Institute of...more

Growing Pains for Expanding Tech Companies: Uber Investigated for FCPA Violations

On August 29, it was announced that the U.S. Department of Justice is considering an investigation into Uber, the San Francisco-based technology company that has expanded its ride-sharing service abroad to more than 70...more

Outsiders and Insiders Are Behind the Fintech Revolution

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

“When’s the last time you were in a bank? Do you want to go to a bank?” This question was posed by George Vukotich, co-founder of FinTank, a fintech-focused organization that serves Chicago’s technology and start-up...more

Ten early-stage legal missteps that may come back to haunt a company’s sale or IPO

by Bryan Cave on

In the fast-paced, high-stakes and high-pressure world of startups, financial resources are scarce. Time is of the essence. Product and business development are high priorities....more

The Difference Between Venture Capital And Private Equity (And How Star Wars And Star Trek Will Help You Remember Them).

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Quick quiz:- If your startup is seeking investors, will you have more success with private equity or venture capital firms? How about when you’re looking to sell that company? ...more

Dealmaking in an uncertain economy: Preparing the ground

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Josh Lerner of Harvard Business School on private equity's knack for navigating uncertainty - Every day investors face risks of all kinds in the pursuit of returns, from the political to the economic, from changing...more

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