Startups face many challenges: gaining traction, developing a business plan, and, of course, raising and making money. Trent Dykes and Asher Bearman of DLA Piper use The Venture Alley to guide Seattle-area entrepreneurs through the business and legal obstacles that can stand in the way of turning their ideas into reality. The Venture Alley supplements DLA Piper’s Venture Pipeline, a DLA Piper business unit that helps startup companies raise money.
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CONTRIBUTED BYMegan Muirmegan.firstname.lastname@example.org If I was not already a huge fan of Foundry Group, this video (posted on Geekwire last week - thank you John Cook!) would have put me over the edge. They had me the second I saw the suits. Last week Foundry Group released...
CONTRIBUTED BY Jennifer Kashatus Virtually every company maintains some personal information – your company might hold personal information about employees, customers, or both. The precise definition of personal information varies by state and/or statute, but, as a general matter, includes...
CONTRIBUTED BYAndrew Ledbetterandrew.email@example.com The Facebook IPO is a pretty big deal generally. Whether Facebook would go public stirred media frenzy and Congressional testimony in the past year. Facebook’s initial registration statement indicated it would be the...
CONTRIBUTED BYTrent Dykestrent.firstname.lastname@example.org As a general rule, all stock option grants need to have an exercise price at or above the fair market value of the company’s common stock on the date such grant is made. This requirement, and its many related complexities, generally comes...
CONTRIBUTED BYMegan Muirmegan.email@example.com Steve Blank's post yesterday - with its eye-catching title of "Killing Your Startup By Listening to Customers" - makes some very good points about how to use information gathered from potential customers. He summarizes it as...
Our D.C. colleagues Radiance Walters and Debbie Rosenbaum have a great piece posted on Corporate Counsel Magazine concerning contests, sweepstakes, and giveaways using social media. They discuss the responsibilities and pitfalls associated with these activities. Key aspects...
CONTRIBUTED BYMegan Muirmegan.firstname.lastname@example.org Aileen Lee, partner at the famed venture fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a former CEO herself, has a great post on TechCrunch with reasons companies should considering adding women to their boards of directors. Among the...
CONTRIBUTED BYMegan Muirmegan.email@example.com I came across this Bianca Bosker interview from last fall with Padmasree Warrior, the CTO of Cisco, and thought she had an interesting take on being a woman in a technical field, working among mostly male colleagues. “I always...
CONTRIBUTED BYByron Daileybyron.firstname.lastname@example.org Previous posts on this blog have discussed the structure and business terms of traditional US and non-US venture capital funds, including common US fund structures, common offshore fund structures, Dodd-Frank investment adviser reporting...