Category Archives: legal

The Barbarians are at the Gates in Silicon Valley


Various newscasts are assailing the fairy tale stories and Ivory Towers that originate from Silicon Valley.  As one of the largest gorillas in technology, Google has been slapped with a US$2.7 billion fine for anti-trust violations. The other technology gorilla, … Continue reading

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Why is Fred Wilson (USV) excoriating convertible notes and SAFEs that finance early stage companies?


In a recent blog, Fred Wilson concluded that early stage investors and founders would be better off being financed directly with equity in its early stages rather than through convertible notes or, the recent Silicon Valley hybrid, the SAFE. http://avc.com/2017/03/convertible-and-safe-notes/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Continue reading

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Why is IP valuable?


I recall inquiring a new client that essentially seem to be a software consulting firm whether it had IP (“intellectual property”) and whether it retained such IP when providing software consulting services to their clients.  Its CEO replied in the … Continue reading

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When to hire an in-house counsel?


Someone asked the simple question of when to hire an outside counsel or attorney.  And I answered accordingly. Here, instead, I would like to quickly address of when to hire in-house counsel.  In many early stage companies, I have noted … Continue reading

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Simply by stating it legally so does it make it legally so?


How does one determine bad legal advice?  In medicine, if a doctor is to remove surgically the right arm, but accidently removes the left, that is fairly obvious.  Not so with legal advice. Lately, there have been a spate of … Continue reading

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Note Date Change: August 6, 2014, San Francisco Special Event – For International Companies and Entrepreneurs – How to Build a Presence in Silicon Valley, USA


Special Event for foreign companies and entrepreneurs in San Francisco Silicon Valley Ventures/Crimson Growth Partners LLP Sponsor: Bank of the West Event Summary and Agenda Several industry international experts from Silicon Valley Ventures Growth Partners who will cover the building … Continue reading

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July 30th San Francisco special event sponsored by Bank of the West, How to Build a Presence by Foreign Companies and Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, USA


  Special Event for foreign companies and entrepreneurs in San Francisco Silicon Valley Ventures/Crimson Growth Partners LLP   Event Summary and Agenda Several industry international experts from Silicon Valley Venture Growth Partners who will cover the building of company presence, … Continue reading

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