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A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

Crowdfunding or Private Placement Memorandum?

Spurred by the frenzy of mid-century modern furniture of the 1950s and 1960s returning in popularity, a growing number of collectors are investing in and holding vintage furniture. Capitalizing on that craze, N. Stile Sune’s...more

Startup Culture Seems to Be Missing One Key Ingredient—Culture

Sometimes when I read tales of startups riddled with problems of corporate culture and poor conduct, I want to grab the founders by their shoulders and shout, “You’re doing it wrong!” I suspect I’m not alone among compliance...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Here's what tech investors were talking about at SXSW this week - SXSW is wrapping up this weekend, and we’ve got roundups galore....more

Google Takes the Driver’s Seat in its Suit against Uber

The accidental push of a “send” button has Google zealously fighting to protect its exclusive driverless car technology. On February 23, 2017, Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo LLC (“Waymo”), filed a lawsuit in the...more

New Report Identifies Cleantech Market Opportunities in Southern California

If you’re looking for a new cleantech startup idea, the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network (SD-REIN) recently released a report that identifies cleantech market opportunities in the Southern California region....more

Start-up Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: Role Reversal? Role Confusion?

When companies are in their earliest stages, the founders and advisors often serve the company as shareholders, directors, and officers. However, each role has distinct responsibilities and it is important for founders to be...more

On Your Mark—"TM" or "®"? Trademark Notice Guidelines

When starting a new business or developing a new brand, business owners tend to have common trademark-related questions: Do I need a trademark registration? What rights will a registration provide? What are the associated...more

The Importance of Brand Identity and Trademark Protection for Breweries and Wineries

Too often, small startups, including brewery and winery businesses, only consider protection of their brands and other intellectual property as an afterthought. With hundreds of new wineries and craft breweries developing...more

Entity Selection Series | Part Two: The Benefits of a Corporation

In Part One of the entity selection series we discussed the benefits of a Limited Liability Company for organizing your business venture. In this edition, we will discuss the benefits of a standard corporation (a “Subchapter...more

You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Below is a condensed HR checklist that...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: How To Know If An Accelerator Program Will Give Your Company What It Really Needs - Accelerator programs are often an enticing option for early-stage...more

Avoid Paying The Piper: Tune Your Startup to Avoid Harassment Claims

Seyfarth Synopsis: Heeding some lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” can help employers avoid mistakes related to potential hostile work environments and discrimination that might occur in a startup environment. In a...more

Singapore Eases Regulatory Regime for VC Funds to Promote Financing for Start-Ups

The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a simplification of the authorisation process and regulatory framework for venture capital managers—with the goal of supporting start-ups....more

Raising Startup Venture Capital: Pitfalls and Pointers

According to a study of 101 failed startups, 29% cited a lack of sufficient capital as the ultimate reason for failure. So how can you best approach your search for capital in an attempt to keep your startup from becoming...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Independent Directors - At a recent QuickLaunch University event in Boston, our very own Josh Fox convened a panel on best practices for developing your...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: Innovation Pressures Fuel M&A

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

The ReSET – Why Few Nail their Sthick

Our last ReSET focused on the clarity and chaos of pitching to a panel of judges you’ve never met, all while facing a room of entrepreneurs who weren’t as lucky as you to get into the light… This all happened at TEDCO’s...more

The ReSET – The Curse of the Elevator Speech

TEDCO celebrates Maryland’s innovation economy with its Entrepreneurs’ Expo, a day-long series of keynotes, breakout sessions, networking and deal making among 700 of Maryland’s entrepreneurs. Originally published on...more

EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2017

During 2016, there were relatively few companies that completed initial public offerings (“IPOs”). Some commentators attribute the dearth of IPOs in 2016 to volatility arising from, among other things, Brexit and the U.S....more

Let’s Finally Fix Crowdfunding!

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the landmark Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), for the purpose of encouraging the funding of startups and small businesses throughout the United States. Title...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Was the Winter for Venture Capital Funding so Short? While we all thought winter was coming, it looks like VCs are already enjoying spring thanks to the...more

Selecting and Managing a Board

Tom Burke (Chief Financial Officer of Hydra Biosciences), Joshua Fox (Partner at WilmerHale), Mike Massaro (Chief Executive Officer of Flywire) and Sameer Sabir (Chief Financial Officer of SevenOaks Biosystems) spoke at...more

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