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The Entrepreneur's Guide to Early Stage Financing

The transformation of an idea into a business is an exciting process.  Entrepreneurs face many challenges as they charge ahead into the great unknown.  At several points along their journey, they will be faced with legal questions.  What entity should I choose?  In what jurisdiction should I form my entity?  I need capital—how do I go about finding it? What does that financing transaction look like?  This guide will briefly touch on these subjects and several other questions emerging companies face in their quest to grow.
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Selling a Vision: The Pitch

Factors to consider the next time you have an opportunity to speak to a potential investor, competition judge, or client.
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Tax Credits

Startup businesses in the life sciences, technology, and manufacturing industries may be able to take advantage of several tax credits – effectively, government funding for business operations.
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Best Practices Checklist for Hiring New Employees or Contractors

Reference/background checks, offer letters, employment agreements, etc.
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Equity-Based Compensation for Startups

For many startup companies, equity-based compensation is critical to their ability to attract and retain top talent. With equity-based compensation, the company provides an employee (or other service provider)  with an ownership interest or right to acquire an ownership interest in addition to the employee’s base salary.
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Financing Your Startup

Congratulations! You are the founder of a startup. The entity is formed, the necessary agreements are executed, the concept is finalized – the real work starts now. You plan to develop a prototype, lease office    space, purchase supplies, or possibly hire employees. Can your startup afford it? If not, where can you look for funding when traditional financing may not be an option?
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The Basics of Business Contracts

Contracts are an integral part of an early-stage company’s formation, development, and growth. The thought of “planning for the worst” or getting mired in the legalese often associated with written contracts may be the farthest thing from an entrepreneur’s mind. Indeed, most entrepreneurs are tuned into planning for success, not necessarily protecting against failure. Yet the reality is that contracts are an essential ingredient to the success of an early-stage company.
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The Early Stages of Litigation for Early Stage Companies

What If Someone Sues Me - Or Threatens To Sue?

“Litigation” is often an intimidating, if not completely frightening, word for many people in the start-up sphere. Early stage companies need to focus their valuable and scarce resources on their company’s primary operational objectives. Lawsuits, however, are an inevitable part of business and are many times factored as a normal cost for established entities.
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Trademarks - What's in a Name?

At some point, every start-up turns its attention to branding. What will it callvitself and what will it call its products and services? This may be an iterativevprocess with a first name used during a business plan competition, a second name used when a product is launched, and a third name used by an acquirer after an exit. Start-up management often invests both emotionally and financially in these names, and this article answers some common questions about initial trademark decisions.
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Understanding Term Sheets for Investments

A term sheet is a document which expresses the intent of two or more parties to enter into a transaction and provides the basic framework of the deal. A term sheet is sometimes referred to as a “Letter of Intent,” “Memorandum of Understanding,” or an “Agreement in Principle.”
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