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eTeam: Finding the leader to take you from idea to profit

Books are supposed to be my bailiwick here at the blog and after several posts on anything but, I figure it’s time to return to that groove. This week I want to focus on new businesses, or “startups,” if you prefer....more

Don't Make Founders' Equity Even

Sometimes I think about replacing the table in my office with a sofa and a box of tissues. I’m a lawyer, but sometimes I feel like a therapist. When startup founders sit down with me to hash out equity splits and trust and...more

Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

Factoring Convertible Debt into your Next Equity Round Price

In the past we’ve talked about structuring and maintaining capitalization tables and thresholds and mechanics involved in converting convertible notes into equity. It makes sense that convertible notes would impact a...more

Finding liquidity in late stage private markets

The environment for growth companies is changing. For a start, 2016 has seen a marked slowdown in the number of IPOs that have come to the market globally. ?Conditions including the European referendum, U.S. presidential...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: What Brexit Means for Tech Startups - Brexit news dominated headlines this week, so here’s a roundup from the startup perspective....more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

What’s in a VC Term Sheet?

You’ve just received your first venture capital term sheet. Congratulations—you’ve earned it. Now what does it all mean? “Pre-money valuation,” “liquidation preference,” “pro-rata participation rights”? A seasoned venture...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

Private Placement Memoranda – Do I Need One?

All start-ups know the importance of capital in growing a business and frequently, that capital is generated through private offerings of securities. A strong private placement memorandum, or “PPM,” is one tool a start-up may...more

Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?

What is crowd-funding? “Crowd-funding” is an umbrella term describing the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations, to fund a project, a business or personal loan, and...more

Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company....more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs Series | Part 1: Putting the Start-Up Cart before the Visa Horse / Nonimmigrant Visas

Navigating the legal landscape when starting a business can be tricky, and this is especially true when doing so in a country foreign to your own. In this post and others to follow, we will discuss some of the issues faced by...more

5 Tips to Build Strong Relationships with Investors

The startup founder/investor relationship is a marriage of sorts. Like any long-term union, there are ups and downs, and it requires effort and commitment to maintain a strong and lasting relationship. When the...more

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

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