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Blockchain Energizer – Volume 26

by K&L Gates LLP on

There is a lot of buzz around blockchain technology and it’s potential to revolutionize a wide range of industries from finance and health care to real estate and supply chain management. Reports estimate that over $4.5...more

USAOs Bring Two More Cryptocurrency Related Fraud Actions

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

All things cryptocurrency related continue to be significant draws for investors. Unfortunately that attraction often leads to a loss of investor cash. The losses, however, are not typically from the cryptocurrency but from...more

Enforce Your Intellectual Property or Risk Losing It

by Varnum LLP on

As a startup or early stage company, you have many things to focus on – growing your sales, revenue, cash flow, and creating meaningful profits. Protecting and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) is most likely not your...more

Four Considerations For Advisor Option Grants

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Startup clients often rely on independent contractors and advisors during their early stages but do not have the cash to pay them, so they turn to equity compensation. Stock options are a great incentive tool, but founders...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2018 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: You’ve Signed a Term Sheet for Your First Equity Financing. Congratulations!...Now What? - Most startup founders are searching for a financing from the inception...more

LaunchTennessee’s SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Program Hoping for Another Successful Year

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In late March, Tennessee Governor Haslam proposed an amended budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2018, which included $3 million toward LaunchTennessee Grants—demonstrating that Tennessee’s implementation of a...more

Standardized Term Sheets May Not Protect Your Interests

by WilmerHale on

Novelists stare at the blinking cursor on their blank screens. Anguished artists confront the empty canvas. Starting from scratch can be agonizing for creatives, but entrepreneurs who want to draft a term sheet or a...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April, 2018

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 20% Rule: The Guiding Principle for Startups This article from Forbes shares one founder’s advice to add 20% to certain parts of a business plan....more

Momentum Grows for Capital Raises in MJ Markets

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The capital raised in the first five weeks of 2018, alone, matched deals for all of 2016. And the feeding frenzy has not decelerated, with the overall first quarter of 2018 seeing almost $3 billion in capital raises—more than...more

Patent Quality Makes a Difference

Intellectual Property is the global currency of innovation. Whether you are a start-up, development stage, or mature company, intellectual property is likely among your most valuable assets. Originally published in Haaretz...more

Investor Perspectives - Venture Fundraising Across Geographies

by WilmerHale on

This continues our series of blog posts recapping our QuickLaunch University webinar on VC investing and what to expect in 2018. If you missed the first three posts in this series, you can catch up on our Launch Blog....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Spotify’s unconventional (non-IPO) public listing is off and running, and though it’s early, it sure feels as if the risk was a good one, with the market valuing the company north of $30 billion....more

Start-up Email Marketing: you need to understand CAN-SPAM (and, no, it’s not a food)

by Bryan Cave on

Email is ubiquitous in modern life with billions of emails – wanted and unwanted – sent each day. Since its enactment in 2003, the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (“CAN-SPAM”) Act has...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Founders, Pay Attention to This Stuff—Not the Stock Market - WilmerHale Partner Daniel Zimmermann explains what should and should not get a founder’s attention...more

Japan Invests in Astronautical Start-ups

Michael Sheetz of CNBC reports “Japan is offering $940 million to fund space start-ups in a new push to grow the industry, the government announced Tuesday at an event in Tokyo” and that “funds will be made available through...more

Founders, Pay Attention to This Stuff - Not the Stock Market

by WilmerHale on

The Dow Jones Industrial Average. Nasdaq. Startup exits. Funding rounds. In our 24/7 connected world, there’s no shortage of data you can access, study, and agonize over. The market’s latest move - from boom to correction -...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Investor Perspectives—Corporate Venture Capital - During January’s QuickLaunch University webinar, Partner David Gammell led a panel discussion of venture...more

Investor Perspectives - Corporate Venture Capital

by WilmerHale on

This continues our series of blog posts recapping our January QuickLaunch University webinar on VC investing and what to expect in 2018. ...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ is expanding its Wells Fargo sales probe into the bank’s wealth management division, a troubling move for an organization still trying to right the ship in its retail-banking unit where the sham-account scandal...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Definitive Guide to Licensing: When You Get a Great Idea, What Do You Do Next? For the “ideas” people out there, licensing a product may provide a creative...more

What’s In A Name?: Issues With Naming Your Product And Company

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Choosing a common or trendy name for your startup opens your company to risk. You might like the name “Company XYZ,” and you might think you’re the “Company XYZ” of your field, but “Company XYZ” might disagree with you. If...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Investor Perspectives – Industries to Watch in 2018 - WilmerHale’s own David Gammell shares his thoughts on the hottest sectors expected to attract VC funding...more

A Basic Primer on Damages Terms in Contracts

When entering into arrangements with clients or engaging vendors, startup companies may be faced with a confusing array of contractual terms, including terms that reference various types of damages. Such terms are worthy of...more

Investor Perspectives - Industries to Watch in 2018

by WilmerHale on

This continues our series of blog posts recapping our January QuickLaunch University webinar on VC investing and what to expect in 2018. In case you missed it, read our first post in this series or download our webinar...more

The Business of Being a Pro Gamer: Four Ways to Protect Your Value

by Brooks Pierce on

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, how you invest your resources is a crucial part of a team’s winning strategy. Players must decide what utility to buy, when to upgrade, when to resort back to pistols to save up for future...more

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