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How Federal Government Can Help Entrepreneurship

Feld Thoughts

Over the past few years, I’ve spent some time thinking about how the government can help entrepreneurship. It started with my role as the co-chairman of the Colorado Governors Innovation Council which was my first involvement in any formal way with any government initiative. Tax Policy : Incent people to invest in startups.

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

Any government that starts public financing entrepreneurship better have a plan to get out of it by building a private VC industry. There are 5.7

Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

Up and Running

Donation and equity crowdfunding both appeal to the public’s desire to participate collectively in fulfilling others’ entrepreneurial visions.

Government Grants Cost No Equity, But are Not Free

Startup Professionals Musings

grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. Professional help costs money.

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Financing your business: Debt vs Equity

StartupCFO

VentureBeat wrote a post recently on debt versus equity which one is right for your business. Equity. Equity is pretty straightforward.

How we confused the role of Government and Business

Start Up Blog

“We have come to rely upon capitalism for justice and the government for economic stimulation, precisely the opposite of what reason would suggest. It is the job of government to channel that energy and growth into socially useful avenues, without stifling what it seeks to channel. It produces winners and energy and growth.

Don’t Expect An Equity Investor For Your Non-Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

What options do they have available to them, since they can’t sell a share of the company (no equity investment)? Government grants.

Professional Investors Qualms About Crowdfunding

Startup Professionals Musings

At least ten online portals are already gearing up to help regular people buy startup equity, without abiding by accredited investor rules.

How Venture Capitalists and Government Can Promote Entrepreneurship

David Teten

Like many Americans, I’m disappointed that our government sometimes fails to do this.  Sadly, he doesn’t control our immigration policy.

My Statement on eBay Director Role and Governance

Marc Andreessen

All of these protections apply to directors of public companies in every industry and every field, including directors who are venture capitalists, hedge fund activists, private equity investors, operating executives, and independent board members. This post provides my perspective on those accusations and their surrounding context. eBay Inc.,

Raising Capital from Friends and Family: Gifts, Loans, Equity

Business Plan Blog

Raising Capital from Friends and Family: Gifts, Loans, Equity. This equity is typically in the form of preferred equity (i.e.

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Big Media, Big Government, Big Business, Big Problems

Growthink Blog

Depending on how you slice it, this is either a golden or a leaden business age. Well, first and foremost, get one’s mind and spirit right. Back them.

Angel Investors Skip Startups With No Profit Motive

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists don’t make equity investments in non-profits. There is no discussion of equity, or return on investment.

FIN-FSA Cracks Down On Equity Crowdfunding Platforms

ArcticStartup

During the last few years, equity crowdfunding has been a fast growing activity in Finland and in the rest of Europe. About the Author.

What are the regulatory barriers preventing the emergence of a liquid market for equity in seed stage startups?

Gust

Uncategorized equity markets government regulation regulatory barriers Secondary marketsParts of the answer are that (a) there are enormous regulatory requirements relating to secondary markets, and (b) there are no analysts tracking private company stocks. original post can be found on Quora @ : [link] *.

Should Equity-Based Crowd Funding Be Legal?

Growthink Blog

Letting small companies sell equity stakes online would be a huge boost to those firms—like angel investing on steroids. Broadening the Base Currently, equity-based crowd funding falls under strict Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing angel investing. Funding is the lifeblood of any small business. million U.S.

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How to determine the right equity structure for your startup

VC Ready Blog

When you’re ready to incorporate, you’ll need to give some thought to the proper equity structure for your business. Because equity is a currency startups can trade for money or services, your company’s initial equity structure should take into account your plans for near-term growth. How many shares should be authorized?

Create Structure out of the Gate and You’ll Thank Yourself Later

Feld Thoughts

Here’s the punchline: if you run your company as if you have closed a VC equity financing round even though you actually closed a convertible debt round, you’ll be in much better shape when it comes time to raise your Series A financing. So why would you treat your debt investors (somewhat) like equity investors? This Sound familiar?

Government Grants are Not as Free as You Think

Startup Professionals Musings

grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. Professional help costs money.

Pitch Helsinki Kicks Off World's First Live Equity Crowdfunding Pitching Competition

ArcticStartup

They will also see another six startups with that decided not to raise money through crowdfunding. 720° - Indoor Environmental Quality Solutions.

5/25-NYC – Investing in Intellectual Capital: Patents, Trademarks, Domain Names, Litigation, Government Rights, and other Intangible Assets

David Teten

Traditionally investors have focused on investing in companies and tangibles (real estate, commodities, etc.) Kevin Barhydt, Head of Acquisitions, RPX.

Reasons For Surge In Mexico’s Private Equity Industry

YoungUpstarts

For years Mexico lagged behind a lot of other Latin America countries when it came to private equity. The government has opened doors.

Fixing immigration for startups: What the US government can (and should) do right now

The Next Web

government plan. The evaluation of skill is performed by the government bureaucracy. How the system screws immigrants over. If only.

Response to the budget and some thoughts on what government can do for startups

The Equity Kicker

If you think the government should be supporting startups and want to know more about how they should go about it then read on.

Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q2 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

IVC Reports: Private equity deals drop 16% in the first half of 2011. Israeli private equity deals by type. Israeli private equity funds.

IVC - Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q1 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Summary of Israeli Private Equity Deals - Q1 2011. Private equity deal value at $216 million in Q1 2011. Tel Aviv, Israel, May 4, 2011.

When Private Equity Is a Bad Deal

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Financial investors, like private equity groups, are in the business of buying and selling companies. We hear a lot about financial buyers.

Do It Right The First Time, Part II: Visit the Doctor or House Call?

Gust

Likewise, founders can benefit from understanding basic characteristics of the overall legal structure, formation and governance documents, rights and responsibilities of team members, etc.  Stepping off the soapbox, let’s examine the highest level “To Do” list for a new startup: Formation, Governance and Equity.

Alibaba S-1: How Alibaba Is Governed Like China’s Politburo

Agile VC

Dual-class ownership structures have been around long before Silicon Valley was transformed from orchards. Alibaba Partnership’s Structure.

Do Venture Capitalists care how the equity is split among the founders?

Gust

People who tell you that VCs won’t look at a company with an even equity split are being silly. Realistically, if a company is jointly governed by two people who have exactly equal say, it is quite possible that if there is a major disagreement the company will implode because it will not be able to take action.

Considering ILPA Private Equity Principles

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Last year the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), a voluntary organization dedicated to the interests of institutional limited partners in private equity funds, released its Private Equity Principles. By Attorneys at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Joshua B. Deringer, John J. Emslie, Neil K. Haimm and F. Introduction. Neil K.

The Latest Questions Small Businesses Are Asking

Up and Running

How do I sell my products to the federal government? Contracting with the federal government is not the only option available. The U.S.

The Funding Gap

Gust

Government Grants. $3 billion. US Government. Most high-impact companies need substantial cash resources to sustain their rapid grow.

VC Governance FAQ: (5) How are VC funds governed differently from the governance standards applied to their portfolio companies?

Pascal's View

This is the fifth in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Is one more important than the other?

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

government that’s trying to help, but gets in the way. Government Funding: Tekes , Sitra , Finnvera , Finnish Investment Industry.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Feeders include the government, universities, investors, mentors, service providers and large companies. Role of Government. Quibbles.

Do It Right The First Time: Avoiding “Janitorial” Legal Work

Gust

There are countless related subjects, such as what type of entity to form and in what jurisdiction, how to handle equity compensation and vesting arrangements, determining titles and Board membership, and so on.  I’ve written extensively on these subjects, as have other lawyers, notably Yokum Taku and Scott Edward Walker.  Good stuff!

Probable and Improbable Lobbying Wins: The 1,000-stockholder Rule

Gust

Talented entrepreneurs are nothing if not resilient in the face of change:  Market forces, competitive threats, technological shifts, you name it.  In recent years, government regulation has emerged as another such force to be reckoned with in the technology industry.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

Nevertheless, it’s an option that doesn’t cost you equity. It always reduces risk to plan your business first. Set expectations accordingly.

Dear Uber and Lyft ??? Get Your S**t Together

Feld Thoughts

have no idea how much actual equity I have in either company, but based on current valuations the dollar value of my indirect ownership is non-trivial. But the ad hominemattacks are escalating rapidly and the behavior they are surfacing isn’t pretty. have no idea what, if any of what is being said is true.