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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  • 1. Top Ten Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs Brent C.J. Britton 12 January 2010

2. What are Legal Issues? 3. Legal Issues are the Right Problem on which to Focus 4. 5. Its All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses a Lawsuit 6. 10. Corporate Formation

  • form early liability shieldasset creationtax treatment (LLC/corp) Delaware?
  • ) Delaware?

7. 9. Founder Relations

  • written agreement equity vestinginvoluntary departure
  • written agreement equity vestinginvoluntary departure

8. 8. Investor Relations

  • meet the SEC private placement memodebt or equity?

9. 7. Employee Relations

  • written agreementfraternizationpolicies

10. 6. Customer Relations

  • agreementsprivacysecurityproducts

11. 5. Competitor Relations

  • antitrustinterference

12. 4. Your Intellectual Property

  • invention/work/brand/secretpat// /tswhich?when in doubt: secrecy

13. 3. Their Intellectual Property

  • dont let it in freedom to operatebest defense = good offense

14. 2. The Truth

  • cover-upsfalse advertisingdisparagementgeneral
  • cover-upsfalse advertisingdisparagementgeneral

15. And the number one legalissue for entrepreneurs 16. 1. Counsel 17. Thank you