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The JOBS Act: Crowdfunding 1 – Introduction

Many small-to-medium sized businesses urgently need equity capital but, because of legal restrictions and the expense of raising private venture capital, these firms often give up on traditional methods of capital raising.  With great expectations, there was a change introduced in the new “Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012” (the “JOBS Act“) in April [...]

 

The JOBS Act – Jammin’ On Business Startups

Will the new Reg A “Lively Up” America’s Entrepreneurs? President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law last month. The Act is not named after the late entrepreneur, but had he lived to see its passage, I think Steve might have approved.

 

Equity Concepts and Client Service

One of our good business clients, Equity Concepts, based in Henrico, VA, is  celebrating their 20th anniversary. Sands Anderson’s Tom Ebel, recently spent some time talking with Michael Thaler, president of Equity Concepts, about their success and our relationship.

 

Virginia – Top State for Business for 2011

  Virginia has topped the charts as the number one state in the nation for doing business according to CNBC.  When it awarded Virginia first place this year, CNBC remarked:  “we are starting to detect a pattern here.”  This is the second time that Virginia has run away with the award for top state for [...]

 

Point Number 10 on How To Pursue Venture Capital

Hire a really good lawyer who knows the ropes. In our last post, we covered dividing up the responsibility for work and success. This time, let’s talk about a crucial team member: your lawyer. Seriously. I know it sounds like a pitch, but I am sincere. Of course we hope that you will hire North [...]

 

Point Number 9 on How To Pursue Venture Capital

Build your team early. In our last post, we covered normal deal terms that affect how ownership is divided and risk shared. This time, let’s talk about dividing up the responsibility for work and success. No matter how smart, committed, persistent, motivated, talented, indomitable and attractive you may believe yourself to be, no one can [...]

 

Point Number 8 on How To Pursue Venture Capital

Know your financial structure. In our last post, we covered a number of factors that affect the founder’s ultimate ownership percentage. In this section, we have a bit more detail. What you need to know up front that the venture capital investment process has become highly standardized. In many ways this is a good thing. It helps [...]

 

Point Number 7 on How To Pursue Venture Capital

“The time has come,” the VC said, “to talk of many things – Of Points and Pies and Preferences and Option Grants with Strings” (With apologies to Lewis Carroll)

 

Who’s Looking out for the Little Guy?

Delaware Chancery Court – that’s who!

 

Point 4 on How To Pursue Venture Capital

Be prepared. Last time, we talked about the importance of communication. Tip number four means, as every Boy Scout knows, successful effort is all about preparation. If you are pitching venture capitalists, you need to bring your “A Game” based on thorough preparation. Here are tips that may sound rudimentary and obvious, but if ignored [...]