Founders Series: Signing a Lease

Our second installment of “Founders Series” focused on startup financing , with a close examination of strategies for getting venture capital and other funding for a startup.

Once a startup has addressed the need to finance operation and growth, founders can turn to one of the most important things a company needs: good space.

To help with this important step, here are the top ten questions you, as a startup founder, should consider before signing a lease.

Founders Flash: Female entrepreneurs making strides in startup ownership

The Flash took favorable note of recent U.S. Census Bureau data showing that, although the growth rate of new businesses overall has stalled, the share of women-owned small businesses has climbed. Indeed, the number of women-owned businesses grew at a 27% clip between 2007 and 2012 – during which time the total number of U.S. businesses grew by only 2%. This is very encouraging in light of the challenges the startup community has faced in boosting the number of companies founded by women entrepreneurs.

VIDEO: Goodwin’s Caine Moss on How to Pitch Venture Capital Companies – Part 2

In the second part of this three-part series, Caine Moss, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology Companies group, discusses how startups can best approach and pitch VC’s in a competitive marketplace.

Goodwin Procter hosts founders “boot camp” – apply today and get your startup featured on Forbes!

Learn best practices for managing your startup on September 19-20 in a course offered through the “Roadmap to Entrepreneurship” program. Goodwin Procter’s New York office will host this weekend-long session designed for innovative early-stage startup founders and taught by startup veteran Andrew Weinreich.

Founders Series: Financing Strategies for Startups

Our first round of “Founders Series” articles focused on topics relating to startup formation – including choosing the right structure, tax considerations, a checklist for forming a C-Corp, and important regulatory matters.

To round out this discussion about important items for founders to consider, we now examine strategies for getting venture capital and other funding for a startup. From the inception of a startup company until it becomes a consistently profitable business, all companies have something in common – the need to finance operation and growth.

Founders Flash: G Is for Google; M is for More (Moonshots, etc.)

Google last week announced its formation as an entirely new company, called Alphabet. It’s a corporate maneuver in which Google will become part of Alphabet. Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page will step down from the top post at Google proper and become CEO of Alphabet. Fellow Google co-founder Sergey Brin will become Alphabet’s president. Longtime Google executive Sundar Pichai is now Google’s CEO.

Founders University: 83 (a) vs. 83 (b) Elections

Welcome back to Founders University, our core curriculum designed to provide startup founders with the basics needed to launch a company while minimizing costly missteps or mistakes.

For our next session of Founders University, we examine the concept of restricted stock taxation. In this course, partner Lynda Galligan discusses restricted stock and explains the differences between elections under sections 83 (a) and 83 (b) of the tax code.

Private IPOs and Unicorns May Trigger More Filings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act

The Flash has been closely following the increasing tendency of startups to conduct so-called “private IPOs” – the tactic of remaining private (i.e., foregoing an initial public offering) and instead raising money through large, late-stage growth equity rounds. Simultaneous with private IPOs is the growing prevalence of “unicorns” – startup companies that have valuations of more than $100 billion

VIDEO: Goodwin Procter’s Caine Moss on Gaining Access to Venture Capital – Part I

In the first part of this three-part series, Caine Moss, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology Companies group, discusses his practice and explains how startups can best navigate Silicon Valley’s thriving venture capital ecosystem.

Founders Flash: Silicon Valley named leading ecosystem for tech startups but other cities are close on its heels


The Flash certainly took interest when benchmarking firm Compass, last week, released its global ranking report on startup ecosystems. The ranking of global regions is based on how well areas nurture top tech talent, host profitable businesses and expand into foreign markets. Silicon Valley continues to be the leading region for tech startups, but other cities are quickly climbing the ranks. New York City jumped three spots to take second place and Tel Aviv, also jumping three spots, moved into the top five. The Flash is interested to see if other regions will be able to give Silicon Valley a run for its money in the near future.


The Flash also checks in with Buffer, the social media management company that is on a quest to create a self-managed workplace culture. A $7 million startup with zero managers? Talk about transparency…


These and more in this week’s edition of The Flash!