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How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – April 2016

VC WATCH - The Venture Capital “Reset” – We Were Expecting You - Venture capital fundraising declined in 2015, with total money raised down more than 9 percent and a 13 percent decrease in the number of fund...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

Private Placements: A Primer

A private equity offering or “private placement” of securities is the process of offering and selling securities to prospective investors without first registering the securities with the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Early Stage Investment Tax Incentives Bill Introduced

As an update to our Legal Insight of December 2015 'New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment', on 16 March 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced legislation providing significant tax incentives to promote local and...more

To PPM or not to PPM that is the Question for many Start-Ups

Many start-up companies know they want to raise angel capital, but do not know how to proceed. They really want to know: “do I need a 50 page Private Placement Memorandum to raise money?” The answer is: “It depends, but...more

Pitch Perfect: Eight Insights for an Effective Start-Up Company Pitch Deck

Preparing an investor pitch deck is a task that most start-up companies encounter in the fund raising process. While almost all companies create investor pitch decks, many fail to do so effectively or with maximum impact....more

Allocating Founder Equity

There’s no legal definition for “founder,” but it is one of the most important roles in a startup. Designating someone a founder means a lot for the long-term future of the company and for that individual; it is the founders...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Wristbands, velvet ropes, and more: 5 SXSW hacks for startups - Thousands of startups have descended on Austin for today’s opening of SXSW 2016....more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Has this year's startup funding slowdown been overblown? Debate continues over the perceived downturn in the market for venture capital, as a new...more

Finders Keepers, Winners Weepers? Startups Using ‘Finders’ to Bring in Investors May Face Penalties

Many startups engage third-party consultants, or “finders”, to make introductions to potential investors. Startup founders generally have a technical background, and may lack meaningful connections in the finance/venture...more

Crowdfunding Is Something Worth Explaining to Investors

On October 30, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new Regulation Crowdfunding to implement the requirements of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act. Regulation Crowdfunding prescribes rules...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Ask For Permission Or Beg For Forgiveness? A Primer For Startups Dealing With Regulators - Possible regulatory obstacles should be on the mind of all...more

The Terms Behind Unicorn Valuations

Background - In May 2015, we published our first survey of the terms of unicorn financings. That survey covered financings undertaken by US based unicorns in the 12 month period ended March 31, 2015, and is available...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part III

In this final installment of our series on seed instruments, we explore the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC) introduced a new seed-stage investing tool, safe—an acronym for...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 10, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Challenging Uber, Lyft Bets on a Road Wide Enough for Two - We ended our last post pondering the anti-competitive nature of a marketplace dominated by tech...more

Key Considerations for Companies Seeking Early Stage Funding

From accelerators to crowdfunding, and angel funding to venture capital, early stage funding is evolving. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, the speakers on “Exploring the Evolution of Early Stage Funding” panel discussed some of...more

SEC (Finally) Adopts New Equity Crowdfunding Rules, Promoting Increased Access to Capital and Democratization of Investment...

Late last week, the SEC adopted its final rules for equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act. These rules, when implemented, have the promise of reducing the cost and increasing the availability of sorely needed...more

What Is a Subprime Unicorn?

Christopher Mims had an article in the Wall Street Journal recently titled “The Dangers Ahead if Tech Unicorns Get Gored.” In his article, Mr. Mims discusses the potential collateral damage of a failed unicorn. The article is...more

Mintz TechConnect - October 2015

Letter from the Editors - We are thrilled to provide you with the first issue of Mintz Levin’s TechConnect, a bi-monthly newsletter on “all things technology” in the legal and business world, from our perspective, of...more

NASAA Mistakes The Principal

I have frequently commented on the fact that many so-called “investor protections” have the unintended consequence of increasing the risk of investor losses.  One example are limitations on resales.  An illiquid security is...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as...more

Crowdfunding 101: The Four Types You Need To Know

This post was originally written by Dylan Rochon, 2015 Foley & Lardner LLP Startup Connector. The term “crowdfunding” is closely associated with websites such as Kickstarter.com and GoFundMe.com. These sites provide a...more

Corporation or LLC? Business Organizations for Tech Startups.

One of the first actions you will take with your startup is to organize your company a separate legal entity to protect yourself from personal liability for the company’s debts. In the tech startup context, you’ll typically...more

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