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Anatomy of Seed Stage Convertible Notes by Bettina Eckerle

Anatomy of Seed Stage Convertible Notes by Bettina Eckerle

Anatomy of Seed Stage Convertible Notes

As I outlined in my last post, convertible notes are the most frequently used instrument for raising capital at the seed stage. This article describes their key...

Choosing the Right Seed Financing Instrument for Startups by Bettina Eckerle

Choosing the Right Seed Financing Instrument for Startups by Bettina Eckerle

Choosing the Right Seed Financing Instrument for Startups

When I advise startups or investors about structuring a seed-stage investment, I explain that there are a number of different instruments to choose from.  They vary in complexity...

5 Things Every Private Company MUST Understand before Launching an Equity Incentive Plan

5 Things Every Private Company MUST Understand before Launching an Equity Incentive Plan

There is a point in the life of every start-up when it needs to establish a plan to reward its employees for their service by giving them...

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What is the Best Legal Structure for Your Start-Up?

Some of the questions I get asked by my start-up clients are perennial in nature, with the most common being: Do I have to form a legal...

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Start-Ups: Get Your Pre-nup

Two or more people decide to launch a new business, and this is how it typically goes down regarding the relationship between them: "We have known each...

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3 Essential Tasks for Founders Starting a Venture

As I’ve written before, the race to opening your new venture is characterized by expansive enthusiasm—but that doesn’t make having important legal safeguards any less important. Unfortunately,...

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Countdown To Launching Your Business: Key Legal Safety Checks

In this post I aim to give you an overview of some important steps on the road to protecting and growing your company’s true value. Not all...

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Protecting Your Start-Up’s Assets: The Non-Disclosure Agreement

For many start-ups, their greatest asset is a game-changing idea. To build the idea into a successful business, they will invariably need to share it with potential...

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Selling Your Business: Acing Due Diligence

You put your company up for sale, potential buyers are lining up.  What then follows is the inevitable: The due diligence process, in which the buyer kicks...

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Friends and Family—A Good Funding Source?

It is tempting. It is difficult to raise funds from angels and VCs, especially when most of what you have is just an idea. I get it. ...

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