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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?

Avoid Shareholder Lawsuits by Understanding Director Fiduciary Duties

May 2015 | Blog |

I had a professor in law school who could spend days discussing all the nuances of fiduciary duties for directors in privately held corporations. We literally spent 8 weeks of a 10-week quarter primarily talking about all the ins and outs of this dry (yet important) subject.

The Board of Directors’ Role, and the Importance of Obtaining Board Approvals

May 2015 | Blog |

If your technology startup is a corporation incorporated in Delaware or Washington, then it must have a board of directors.

How to Exchange IP for Shares of Stock in your Startup

April 2015 | Blog |

Founders of technology startups typically pay for their shares at incorporation by contributing intellectual property (“IP”) they have developed and that relates to the business of the startup.