Unregistered Broker-Dealers: The Risks of Hiring Someone to Help Raise Startup Funds

By: Sean Valle Raising money for your startup is often a long, arduous, and emotionally draining process. For many founders, fundraising can become a full-time job. Adding this on top of your efforts to run and grow a business is no small…

REG A+: What to Know

By: Benjamin Jacob What is REG A+ (An Overview) Under United States’ securities law, several exemptions exist providing a pathway for private companies to fundraise without incurring the legal, compliance, and financial costs of a public…

Audience Privacy & Publicity Guidelines

By: Peter D. Singh Jr. Introduction This article is a summary of the potential legal claims related to using images of people in an audience - indoors or outdoors, followed by preemptive measures and defenses against such privacy/publicity…

How to Stay Organized During a Venture Capital Financing Round

By: Sean Valle As you prepare for a fundraising round for your startup company, you’ll quickly realize there is an abundance of administrative information to manage and relay between your current stockholders, new investors, attorneys,…

Core Business Documents: Understanding the Legal Agreements to Protect Your Company and Keep Your Money (Part I)

By: Maks Ewendt As your company grows, whether that’s an increase of customers, employees, or solutions, the types and complexity of the agreements your company uses needs to keep pace.  While that may seem daunting, these agreements…
Music B2B Forming an Entity for a Music Business

Music B2B: Forming an Entity for a Music Business

By: Peter D. Singh Jr. “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.” - Jay-Z Besides the air of legitimacy, having a business entity could make a real difference when it comes down to risks and rewards (and taxes). Whether you’re…

How a Down Round Affects a Startup Capitalization Table

By: Sean Valle Some startups occasionally face financial challenges that require the company to sell stock at a lower valuation than the valuation used during a previous stock financing. These fundraising rounds are often referred to as…
Regulation S - Exemption for Foreign Offerings

Regulation S - Exemption for Foreign Offerings

By: Benjamin Jacob All securities offered and sold in the United States must either be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or qualify for an exemption under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”). While…

Federal Grants can Provide Funding for your Small Business Without Diluting Founders

By: Maks Ewendt Non-dilutive funding is a way to increase a company’s capital without giving away, or “diluting,” the ownership or equity to do so.  Small businesses are likely familiar with two of the most common ways to obtain funding…

DBA 101

By: Peter D. Singh Jr. What it is: alias, nickname or pseudonym. DBA is an acronym for doing business as. It has a few other names or synonyms: assumed name, assumed business name, trade name, fictitious name, or false name. You may see it…