Founder Fundamentals

Just the Facts

As leaders of lean organizations, the founders of startups and emerging companies must have a solid understanding of a wide range of issues their companies face on a daily basis. We've created this library of concise briefings — produced by leading attorneys in a diverse array of practice areas across the firm — on some of the most common legal issues facing startups, designed for the busy executive who wants to cut to the chase. 

Ten Legal Issues Founders Need to Know

Founders make countless decisions regarding their startup. This article covers 10 critical legal issues founders need to know.

Securities Commonly Used in Startups

What are the benefits and risks of the most common types of securities used to raise money for startups? How can entrepreneurs select the right security to offer to raise funds for their business?

Stock Options and Valuations

Stock options can provide a much-needed component of compensation for startup employees. Different types of equity compensation have different tax consequences with costs and benefits to the company and its employees. 

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

What are the elements of workplace discrimination and sexual harassment, and how can companies design and implement policies and procedures to comply with state and local laws and mitigate risk?

Immigration Considerations for Startups

Immigrant investors, entrepreneurs and foreign companies looking to enter the U.S. marketplace have a variety of visa options. This chart summarizes them all in a handy, at-a-glance format.

Using a Finder to Raise Capital

Raising capital is one of the greatest challenges entrepreneurs face. Finders often promise to "open their Rolodex" to find investors, but working with an unlicensed broker-dealer carries significant risk.

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA): What You Need to Know

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), is a broad-based law protecting information that identifies California residents that took effect in January 2020, creating a host of new data privacy obligations for companies that do business in the state.

Does GDPR Apply to Me?

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation aims to protect the integrity and privacy of data that identifies individuals by increasing transparency, improving accuracy, limiting collection and giving individuals expanded rights concerning their data. It also carries significant fines for violations. But does it apply to your company?

Negotiating Your First Office Lease

Startup companies often sign commercial lease agreements in their early stages. Here are seven tips for negotiating the business terms of your office lease.

Employee Handbooks: Why Do You Need Them and What Should They Include?

Many startup companies overlook basic labor and employment issues. One way to protect your business is to prepare and distribute an employee handbook.

What Every Startup Needs To Know Before Filing for a Patent

Startups often seek patents to protect proprietary technology and ideas. Get answers to the most common questions about patents, including what can be patented, what documentation is needed, what are the typical filing costs and who owns the patent?

What's an Accidental Franchise, and Could I Be One?

 Before licensing your business to others, learn what constitutes a franchise and how to avoid falling into the accidental franchise trap.