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VIDEO: Goodwin’s Caine Moss on Term Sheets and Board Management

In the third part of this three-part series, Caine Moss, a partner in Goodwin’s Technology Companies group, discusses the importance of term sheets and board management for startup companies.

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.

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.

VIDEO: 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.

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!

VIDEO: Founders University: Basic Tax Concepts

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 provide a quick overview of basic tax concepts as they relate to compensation and investment income. Partner Lynda Galligan gives this overview as a way for founders to understand how stock options get taxed.

Founders Flash: Vive le Digital Currency! Bitcoin at the Vanguard of Looming “Economic Revolution”

This week The Flash checks in from WIRED Money 2015, where the headliners included MIT Media Lab director of digital currency Brian Forde. The most exciting innovations in digital currencies will come from developing countries, where financial infrastructure is not as strong, according to Forde. He believes Western consumers don’t fully appreciate the “economic revolution” that’s upon us in the form of digital currency. To wit: “Today, in 2015, I still can’t use Paypal to send money to friends in Nicaragua,” Forde said at the conference. “But I can send them Bitcoin instantly.”

The Flash also got its crowdfunding fix during a talk by Darren Westlake, co-founder and CEO of leading investment crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. Westlake said the future of crowdfunding is a more democratized platform that will “put the P back into IPO.”

The Flash hears that. These stories and more in this week’s Founders Flash!

Cloud Computing: Litigation

Our examination of common legal concerns in cloud transactions most recently focused on the broad range of government regulation of data that may constrain or alter the relationship between the company and its service providers. Additional legal issues in the cloud computing relationship often involve the rules of e-discovery and electronic evidence.

A company involved in litigation has a duty to comply with information requests, including government and private party subpoenas and discovery rules for anticipated, pending, or active litigation. As in the first two areas of legal concern – contractual issues and regulatory complications – such compliance is complicated by the delegation of control over outsourced data and the potential for multijurisdictional data storage and transfer.