Incorporation

25102(f) Notice: Only in California

Founders must pay special attention when their startup issues securities–even when those securities are issued to themselves at incorporation. Whether or not founders realize it, they are issued their founders stock via an exemption from registration at both the federal and state level. The federal exemption most likely available for founders is Section 4(2) of … Continue reading

The Delaware Freak-Out

The New Year. For some, it’s time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. For others, it’s time to make resolutions to change for the better. But for me, it’s time to respond to client inquiries regarding their apparent 5-figure bill for Delaware franchise taxes due March 1. Authorized Shares Method calculation … Continue reading

Accountants Heart LLCs

I’ve never had a client’s accountant recommend any legal form besides the LLC for a new startup. Even though I heart corporations, I still believe the LLC can be an appropriate legal entity for some companies and ventures. But when it comes to a startup looking to (i) raise capital, and/or (ii) issue incentive equity … Continue reading

Startup Docs from TheFunded.com

TheFunded.com has just released a “Complete Set of Founder Friendly Legal Docs” via its website. (Hat tip to @bradleyjoyce at the Fort Worth Startup Blog) The sample startup documents, located at docstoc.com, include: – Bylaws – Certificate of Incorporation – Initial Stockholder Consent – Invention Assignment Agreement – Restricted Stock Purchase Agreement – Indemnification Agreement … Continue reading