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50-50 “Partnerships” Only Work in Fairy Tales

One of the most common conversations I have with the founders of businesses involves how they determined a way to split the ownership amongst themselves. It is probably the first difficult decision new partners face together in starting a company. In many instances, the new founders decide that they are going to split ownership equally.

Startup Lessons from Election Day 2012

After billions of dollars spent on ads, gigabytes of campaign emails and countless hours of productivity put into Nate Silver’s polling blog, Election Day is finally here. But don’t despair, entrepreneurs – there are plenty of lessons that your startup can take from the campaign trail.

Who Really Owns “Your” IP?

“This deal is standard. Let’s close TODAY!!” We’ve heard this so many times only to find out that the early stage technology start-up hasn’t fully protected its intellectual property and, as a result, funding gets delayed, or in some extreme cases, even cancelled.

The Trouble with Using Finders to Raise Funds

Sometimes a company will engage a “finder” to help it find financing. I always tell founders that they should confer with the company’s legal counsel when considering whether to engage a finder.

Personal v. Business Expenses?

Many startup owners, in the early days as the sole owner, may feel tempted to run “sort of” personal expenses through their corporation on the theory that they have no other owners to harm.

Stats on Angel Financings

Some interesting statistics from the Halo Report for the rolling 12 month period ended June 30, 2012.

Leasing Your Office Or Facility – What Are You Getting?

Negotiating a lease for your company’s office or facility can be precarious. Real estate is not your core business, and you do not want to spend tremendous time (or expense) finalizing the lease document. In addition, start-ups and emerging companies without strong financials do not enjoy significant leverage in strong real estate markets.