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Author: Bryce Counts

Don’t Get Left Empty-Handed: The Importance of Liquidation Preference

April 2016 | Blog |

In the world of venture capital financing, one of the most important terms, behind price/valuation, is liquidation preference. As a startup company founder, having a solid understanding of liquidation preference is incredibly important, as it could mean the difference between whether or not you collect any proceeds from a sale of your company.

The Rules on Who Can Invest in Your Startup May Be Changing!

January 2016 | Blog |

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is taking a fresh look at the “accredited investor” definition with regard to Rule 506 (the securities registration exemption upon which most startups rely when raising angel and venture capital money). This could affect your ability to raise money for your startup.

Are Special Classes of Founder Stock Right for You?

October 2015 | Blog |

There is a tried and true structure for capitalizing a technology startup: conventional common stock to the founders, conventional common stock reserved for employees in a stock option pool, and preferred stock to investors.

How Do Stock Options Work?

August 2015 | Blog |

For most high growth emerging technology startups, equity is cheaper than cash when it comes to compensating employees.

Forming Your Startup the Silicon Valley Way

July 2015 | Blog |

In most jurisdictions, all you need to do to legally incorporate is submit your articles of incorporation to the Secretary of State of the jurisdiction in which you want to incorporate and adopt a set of bylaws, and many online companies (and attorneys) will take care of these two things for you for a nominal price.

Don’t Give Away the Farm in a Bridge Financing: Conversion Discounts vs. Conversion Caps

July 2015 | Blog |

In the world of convertible debt, arguably the single most important term for both the startup and the investor is the provision concerning when and how the investor’s convertible promissory note converts into equity.

The Interests of Investors and Founders Aren’t Always Aligned

June 2015 | Blog |

Founders of technology startups often believe that their interests are aligned with those of their investors, and that belief is generally true. However, there are many situations where the interests of the founders and other shareholders differ from those of the outside investors.

“Par Value” – What it Means and How it Can Affect Your Startup

June 2015 | Blog |

Par value. It’s a concept that many entrepreneurs see in their corporate documents, but few truly understand. What is par value? What does it mean when you see it in your documents?