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Boston Accelerators: Navigating Your Options

Last Tuesday, Morgan Lewis hosted the Capital Network’s annual panel discussion on Boston Accelerators. What transpired was a lively conversation about accelerator options, making your startup stand out, and factors to consider when looking at financing terms. We’ve...
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Authorized Shares: Where Do They All Go?

When forming a new company, founders are immediately faced with the question of how many shares the company should initially authorize (i.e. the maximum number of Common shares the company may initially issue). This information goes right in the company’s Charter, so...
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Vesting: The Founders’ Friend

When founders are ready to grant founder stock, the vesting question naturally arises. The founder imagines a scenario where their company is sold and they are fired, and worries how their ownership would be impacted. A green founder might think that the solution is...
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Representations, Warranties, and the Disclosure Schedule

    One of the most important documents in a traditional equity financing is the Stock Purchase Agreement (SPA). Entrepreneurs will often agonize over pre-money valuation liquidation preference, etc. (and rightfully so). However, the Representations and...
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Crowdfunding Options for Startups

Early-stage companies need tremendous amounts of cash to grow rapidly. Yet, angel groups and venture-capital firms are not usually a realistic option for early stage startups. Additionally, entrepreneurs often find that financing options such as savings, friends, family, and bank loans, even if available, cannot cover the high startup costs attendant to growing a business. Recently, the media has anointed “crowdfunding” as the solution to this startup capital gap. But what exactly is crowdfunding?

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Entity Selection for Startups

Entrepreneurs will face a huge number of decisions as they move from concept to commercialization. One of the first major decisions is what type of legal entity to form in order to move their great ideas forward. Why does it matter? Because different entities have very different rules regarding limited liability, management and control flexibility, capital structure, tax efficiency and eligible investors.

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Privacy and Information Security: What Every New Business Needs to Know

Reports of data security breaches conjure up images of anonymous computer hackers sitting in a darkened room, fingers flying over a key board in an effort to hack into a computer system to find valuable information to exploit. Not long ago, most of us considered these breaches to be infrequent and likely targeted at information much more commercially unique than the average consumer data stored by most businesses.

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Navigating Founders Issues

Conventional wisdom is that startups with cofounders succeed more often than startups run by solo entrepreneurs. Whether true or not, startups with multiple founders face key issues that will affect the company and its ability to raise money, grow, and ultimately be successful. By tackling the issues early, with candor and honesty, cofounders can often prevent damaging personal relationships with one another and can position the company for growth.

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Quick Patenting Strategies for Startups

Startups, particularly in complex technology fields, often rely on the exclusivity granted by patents to build competitive advantage in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the average time an applicant waits to receive a first Office Action from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) is about 19 months from submission of the patent application.

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Convertible Debt for Startups

Early stage high growth startups face a key early financing challenge: to fund growth operations, they need to raise a lot of cash, yet they have little, if any, market value. They typically have not fully developed intellectual property, produced a product, proven the market or de-risked the venture in any meaningful way.

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