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?
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.