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3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product....more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Fourth Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

The Uncertain Status of Demo Days and Pitch Days Requires Special Care

We've all heard the statistics, that the private market for fundraising is larger than the public market, and that angel investors in the private market are responsible for nearly all seed and early-stage deals. In 2012, for...more

Raising VC Money in the US

Ambitious Chinese start-ups in need of funding are advised to look to the US, where venture capital firms are increasingly willing to make investments. China is increasingly a centre of innovation, driven by...more

The Entrepreneurs Report Q3 2013

As widely reported, the aggregate dollar volume of venture financings held fairly steady from Q2 2013 to Q3 2013 (see, e.g., Venture Capital Valuation and Trends from PitchBook, Q4 2013). An analysis of transactions in which...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in...more

Crowdfunding And JOBS Act News Roundup – October 1, 2013

This article talks about how someone “raised $250K in 53 minutes . . . But the server for my site crashed and was exceptionally slow for about 20 minutes … I have no doubt that, for a growth round … I could raise a couple...more

The Changing Landscape of Seed Stage Financing, Part I: Choosing Your Investors

As a startup founder, you have burned through a lot of your own savings (and maxed out the proverbial credit cards), but thankfully you have an MVP (minimal viable product) or better, and now are ready to raise your first...more

The Shift to Angel Investors – Interview with Jeremy Glaser, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses the shift to angel investors in initial financing rounds as venture capital funds move towards later-stage funding. ...more

Start-Up Studios – Another Path For Entrepreneurs

One of the most rewarding aspects of practicing corporate law is the opportunity to represent a business from start-up to successful liquidity event. While a business will face challenges throughout this life-cycle, some of...more

The Transformation of the VC Business Model – Interview with Bill Whelan, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Bill Whelan, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Life Sciences Practice, describes the proactive approach VCs are taking in making investments....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Second Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2013....more

New Tax Credit Program To Boost Technology Investment In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania recently enacted the “Innovate in PA Tax Credit” program, which incentivizes early-stage venture capital investment in technology companies by selling deferred tax credits to insurance companies. ...more

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

Get That Grant

The Small Business Administration has made it easier for small businesses that receive venture funding to participate in a $2-billion-a-year federal grant program to promote innovation....more

Business Lending to Female Entrepreneurs on the Rise

A recent article related to female entrepreneurs caught my eye. In connection with National Women’s History Month this past March, Wells Fargo announced its plans to commit to lend a total of $55 billion to U.S. women-owned...more

Venture Perspectives: New England Edition - First Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Activity Level of New England Transactions: All Rounds - Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions - Activity Level of New...more

The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding 1 – Introduction

Many small-to-medium sized businesses urgently need equity capital but, because of legal restrictions and the expense of raising private venture capital, these firms often give up on traditional methods of capital raising. ...more

Is Crowdfunding Dead On Arrival? A Legal Perspective...

"[Crowdfunding] lays the riskiest investments at the doorstep of those investors that can least afford the risk. And it won’t create jobs except for plaintiff’s lawyers…”...more

What to Ask Potential Investors Beyond “Is Your Money Green”

Overview - Investment into U.S. venture-backed companies dropped 20% to $6.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to a year earlier, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, and was down 15% to $29.7 billion for...more

FundersClub: What Does The SEC’s No-Action Relief Really Mean?

On March 26, 2013, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a no-action letter to FundersClub Inc. and FundersClub Management LLC. There has been speculation in the crowdfunding, VC and angel investor...more

Carsanaro, et al. v. Bloodhound Tech., Inc. et al., C.A. No. 7301-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 15, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this Opinion, the Court of Chancery denied, in large part, defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims challenging several allegedly self-interested and dilutive transactions....more

Seed Financing Survey 2012 Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries

In early 2011 we published our first Seed Financing Survey (for 2010) in recognition of the growing importance of seed financing to entrepreneurs and the venture capital environment, especially in the internet/digital media...more

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