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Advice - Let me guess: You have an idea for a startup. It's an awesome plan for a lightweight, agile SaaS killer app that could scale to 1 million users in 6 months. Or maybe it's some fancy new spring-loaded, arduino-infused wearable that'll...
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Advice - Although every startup is unique, there are certain common avoidable mistakes that can lead to legal complications which jeopardize the long-term success of the business. I’m not suggesting that every startup needs a lawyer, but you...
legal documents for startups
Advice - What do you feel are the absolute essential legal documents needed for every startup? Non-Disclosure Agreement "Many conversations will need to begin with a signed NDA on file. It's ideal to have this document ready to go for any...
us startups offshoring
Advice - The tax advantages to a U.S. startup of incorporating offshore typically outweigh the additional administrative and compliance costs in the long run for many successful businesses.  The tax advantage is due to the fact that many...
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Apps - Shake is an app that lets you create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds – and what NYC entrepreneur wouldn’t mind having a little legal help literally in his or her back pocket?  CEO and Co-founder Abe Geiger...
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Advice - Look at the end game when deciding whether to structure your startup as a corporation or LLC. You’re probably starting a business to make money. How will you get your money out of the corporation or LLC? If you take on investors,...
s corporation
Advice - The S corporation is a corporation, and for state law purposes is identical to a C corporation. The only difference is in the federal taxation of the business. S corporations, like LLCs taxed as partnerships, are pass-through...
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Advice - The corporation is the structure of choice for growth companies. Growth companies will often times need to invest large sums of money on research and development. They create losses, which are a great tax shelter for future profits...
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Advice - LLCs have become very popular, principally because of pass-through taxation (federal taxation as a partnership instead of as a corporation). Pass-through taxation means that the profits and losses of the business pass through to the...
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Advice - LLCs are the rage these days, but when it comes to crowdfunding, the corporation provides the better structure. First, the overwhelming advantage to forming a LLC over a corporation is the pass-through taxation. While I’ve seen...
convertibel note financing
Advice - Convertible note financings will oftentimes include an equity “kicker” structured as a warrant for the investors. This may be in lieu of a conversion discount on the notes and is intended to provide investors with extra...
ny llc reform
AlleyTalk - Small businesses and startups are the cornerstone of this country's economic growth. And yet, despite all of New York's initiatives to promote small business and start-up growth in this state, it has continued to keep a multi-million...
contract
Advice - Think contracts and code live in separate universes? Think again. They're more similar than you think. In fact, drafting a contract is a lot like writing code. Here’s why: 1. Each and every word, sentence and paragraph is...
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Advice - SEC Rule 506(c) does not make soliciting investors through a database of pre-screened investors a general solicitation. If soliciting investors through these services has not been a general solicitation in the past, soliciting...
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Funding - It may be virtually impossible for startups to avoid general solicitation when selling preferred stock, convertible notes or common stock. Many activities that companies are already doing constitute general solicitation. Demo Day...
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Funding - SEC Rule 506(c) does not make soliciting investors through a database of pre-screened investors a general solicitation. In the past, soliciting investors through these services has not been a general solicitation. Because of the...

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