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Last month, we introduced some basic ideas about intellectual property and intellectual property law as it relates to startups. In that post, we focused on ways that the law could protect ideas that people or companies were trying to...

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If you’re starting a business with another person or a group of people, you’ll be sharing ideas, divvying up equity, and investing money together.  For startups, resolving questions of equity, ownership and control is critical to the company’s growth...

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Starting a business can be an exciting and potentially lucrative endeavor, and many entrepreneurs are understandably excited to get started. Developing a concept into a monetized reality requires planning and execution, and skipping steps in this process can cost...

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When starting a business, one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur can make is which type of business to form. The most common types of entity are sole proprietorships, LLCs, LLPs (Learn about the difference between LLCs and...

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Where is my Crowdfunding?

So, where is my Crowdfunding? As most entrepreneurs know all too well, one of the most difficult challenges to overcome for a small startup is raising capital to get an idea off of the ground. Last year, amidst much...

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The San Francisco Bay Area is not all about tech.  The Silicon Valley ‘s innovative spirit is reflected in a thriving local foodie culture which rewards risk-taking and creativity.  However, if you are thinking of opening an eatery, whether in...

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What Exactly Are Convertible Notes?

If you have spent any time around bootstrapping startups, you will likely have heard talk about convertible notes (also called bridge financings).  But what exactly are convertible notes and why do startups like them so much? A convertible note...

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As a startup or small business, you may have more office space than you need, and you may consider subleasing that space to help you cover rent and other business expenses. Before you enter into a sublease arrangement with...

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As an employee, founder or an investor in a startup, you may receive restricted stock that will vest at a later date. Upon receipt, you have the option of making an 83(b) election with the IRS. But what is...

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How to Value Your Startup

Startups frequently need to value their companies in order to issue stock options or other equity interests in the company, but in the early stages, this can be difficult. Here are some tips that new startups can use to...

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