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Overcrowding?

This morning’s IFR US ECM Briefing reported on another significant IPO trend—the fact that over time it has become more common for IPO issuers to appoint several co-managers. ...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2014

In this issue: - From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q2 2014 - Trends in High Pre-money Valuation Financings - Price and Preference - Excerpt from Trends in High Pre-money Valuation...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

Finding the Right Angel Investor for You

If you check the box on chemistry, you will want to find investors that will add bench strength to the management team. That is, investors with domain expertise — either through prior investments or operational experience —...more

Equity capital markets: the pull of the IPO

Set against a favorable backdrop of low interest rates, reduced volatility and increased risk tolerance among investors, 2014 started well for IPOs around the world. Activity in the largest markets returned to levels not seen...more

Protecting Your Start-Up’s Assets: The Non-Disclosure Agreement

For many start-ups, their greatest asset is a game-changing idea. To build the idea into a successful business, they will invariably need to share it with potential business partners, consultants, suppliers, employees, and...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley....more

Angel Investment Trends: Q1 2014 Halo Report

The Q1 2014 Halo Report has been released by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States. ...more

From Here to Eternity or San Juan! - Transitional Tax Planning with Pre-IPO or Appreciating Closely Held Stock

Speaking of Eternity, I must admit that I am a big fan of gospel music. While I like old school or traditional gospel, I prefer the newer R&B urban sound popularized beginning with Andrew Crouch and later Fred Hammond and...more

Social Media Start-Up Capital: Don't Try a Ponzi Scheme

You’ve got the perfect idea for a social media site, but how do you attract a critical mass of members to launch it? Your credit cards are maxed out and your friends and family are tapped too. Can you attract members by...more

Negotiating the Option Pool

Many people think a high(er) valuation is the Holy Grail. Those people are (often) wrong. In pursuit of a high(er) valuation, founders often unwittingly give up valuable ownership percentage points by agreeing to a...more

Opening a Law Practice? Pay Attention to Tax Issues

You’ve decided to open your own law office and are ready for your clients’ cases, but are you also ready to handle the tax issues that go hand-in-hand with running your own business?...more

Beware of Promises

In the early stages of a new venture, things move quickly. An entrepreneur will talk with many different potential team members, some of whom aren’t a good fit, some of whom become co-founders and valued long-term partners,...more

David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog with @HSUTubeEsq [Video]

Today, my special guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start...more

Post-JOBS Act IPO Trends

Earlier this month, we commented on some statistics regarding the number of IPOs and the IPO backlog (based on public filings). Here, we offer a few more insights into recent trends in the IPO market based on various...more

Have Accelerators Reached Saturation Point?

A few weeks ago, I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MassChallenge accelerator space. There were hundreds of people there, including the founders of TechSandBox, an accelerator in Hopkinton, MA, and Smarter in...more

Raising Money? Don’t Forget About the Tax Credits

With many states continuing to use tax credits to seed entrepreneurial growth, entrepreneurs and legal counsel must understand the applicable state-sponsored programs and position qualifying businesses to take advantage of...more

Entrepreneurial Growth and Recruitment Strategy: An Economic Development Formula for Success

Historically, most local economic development efforts, or regional efforts among a group of counties, have focused on business recruitment. These efforts have generally been focused on large business recruitment projects. ...more

Neglecting Trademark Protection Could Be a Costly Mistake

So you’ve formed a new company, launched a new product/service offering, added a new feature to an existing offering, or maybe your company has been doing business and offering products/services for a while now but you still...more

Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics

By carefully considering the forms of business entity that are available and then intelligently choosing an appropriate one, you can reduce exposure to liabilities, save taxes and launch the business in a form capable of...more

Protecting Your Founder Equity

Even though you may have the urge to share the potential success with everyone that has helped you along the way and to tell them all about it, there is a right way to do this with both co-founders and non-founders to avoid...more

Can You Raise Money From Investors Who Are Not “Accredited Investors”?

A question I receive frequently from entrepreneurs raising capital for the first time is whether they can raise money from people who do not meet the SEC definition of “accredited investors.” The easy answers are “you...more

Where Should You Incorporate?

To succeed at this, you’ll need to do two things: (1) determine the entity structure for your business (see our article Choosing the Correct Business Entity: The Basics) and, if you decide to incorporate, (2) choose a state...more

3 Reasons Why Tech Startups Struggle with Discrimination and Harassment Training (And 5 Effortless Ways to Protect Your Startup)

I get it – snooze-worthy, old-fashioned harassment and discrimination training isn’t in line with the vibe you’re trying to create at your hip tech startup. You want to be laid back, cut out all the corporate bull$&^*, build...more

Week in Review

According to an article in The New York Times this week, high level executives make up the majority of tablet users in the workplace. That may change, though, as in the workplace tablet usage increases. It was predicted this...more

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