Top Ten Legal Issues for Startups

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The (rather spartan) slides to my talk, "The Top Ten Legal Issues for Startups"

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Top Ten Legal Issues for Startups

  1. 1. Top Ten Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs Brent C.J. Britton 12 January 2010
  2. 2. What are Legal Issues?
  3. 3. Legal Issues are the Right Problem on which to Focus
  4. 5. It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Lawsuit
  5. 6. 10. Corporate Formation <ul><li>form early liability shield asset creation tax treatment (LLC/corp) Delaware? </li></ul><ul><li>) Delaware? </li></ul>
  6. 7. 9. Founder Relations <ul><li>written agreement equity vesting involuntary departure </li></ul><ul><li>written agreement equity vesting involuntary departure </li></ul>
  7. 8. 8. Investor Relations <ul><li>meet the SEC private placement memo debt or equity? </li></ul>
  8. 9. 7. Employee Relations <ul><li>written agreement fraternization policies </li></ul>
  9. 10. 6. Customer Relations <ul><li>agreements privacy security products </li></ul>
  10. 11. 5. Competitor Relations <ul><li>antitrust interference </li></ul>
  11. 12. 4. Your Intellectual Property <ul><li>invention/work/brand/secret pat/©/ ® /ts which? when in doubt: secrecy </li></ul>
  12. 13. 3. Their Intellectual Property <ul><li>don’t let it in freedom to operate best defense = good offense </li></ul>
  13. 14. 2. The Truth <ul><li>cover-ups false advertising disparagement general </li></ul><ul><li>cover-ups false advertising disparagement general </li></ul>
  14. 15. And the number one legal issue for entrepreneurs…
  15. 16. 1. Counsel
  16. 17. Thank you

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