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SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

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In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in different varieties, the purported goal was to create a standardized set of basic funding terms between startups and investors while deferring decisions about valuation, liquidation preferences and …

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Crowdfunding? Really? Crowdfunding Rule under the JOBS Act

Count me a Luddite when it comes to social media in general, and more specifically, the supposed potential for crowdfunding and raising capital for start-ups and small businesses. My skepticism about crowdfunding admittedly has its roots in the resistance to public solicitation of non-public offerings that 20 years in state securities regulation embedded in me. Publicly solicited …

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The Artist’s Legacy – Business and Legal Planning Issues

Photographers face unique issues that must be carefully considered to ensure a continued market for the creative output and to preserve the artistic reputation. Prudently managed business affairs will minimize problems commonly encountered when closing down a studio and during the transition of business affairs from the photographer’s life to the photographer’s estate. First, there …

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Determining How to Structure Your Family Farm Business, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the issue of business planning within the context of a family farm business. We’ve already spoken about the importance of appropriately structuring a family farm business because of the potential tax consequences. Between the various forms of business structure, tax applications vary considerably. Although this is a …

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Determining How to Structure Your Family Farm Business, P.1

Regardless of the type of business you run, you need to put a well-thought-out business plan in place. Business planning covers all aspects of a business, from its legal structure, to marketing, to succession planning. Without putting a viable plan in place covering each important aspect of the business, companies are taking a risk. This …

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