Startup Essentials: Key Formation and Seed Financing Considerations

Recorded: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

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Counsel to early-stage startup companies have to help founders strike the right balance between their need to form the company and raise seed capital quickly and cost-effectively and the need to avoid pitfalls that can lead to costly, intractable problems down the road.

Join Practical Law for a free 75-minute webinar in which Dan Goldberg, a partner with Gunderson Dettmer in New York, discusses key considerations for startup founders and their counsel when forming the entity for a new startup venture and conducting an initial round of seed financing with angel investors, friends, and family.

In this program, attendees will:
  • Gain an understanding of startup company formation, including how to choose the type of entity, structure founders’ equity, address ownership of intellectual property, and avoid some of the most common mistakes founders make at the formation stage.
  • Obtain an overview of seed financings, including the types of investors who typically finance early-stage startups and the instruments startups commonly issue to raise seed capital.
  • Review the key considerations for startups and their counsel when choosing a seed financing instrument.
A short Q&A session will follow.

Daniel A. Goldberg, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP
Joe Green, Senior Legal Editor, Capital Markets & Corporate Governance Service, Practical Law

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