Should co-founders vest in their equity?

By Rick Colosimo / July 17, 2017 /

Should co-founders vest in their equity? Lots of founders – everyone who hasn’t been down this road and some who have – feel that because they started the company, because it is, at that point, “their” company, none of the co-founders should have vesting. And they’re right: at that stage, everyone is committed, has a…

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Why are there accredited investors

By Rick Colosimo / July 1, 2017 /

I’ve been meaning to write a post about accredited investors for some time now, and a random Quora question just got most of my fury. Here’s the steak: Actually, the Securities Act of 1933 (LII link)) regulated public offerings. The definition of accredited investor appears in Rule 501 of Reg D (LII link), which is…

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Why I negotiate disputes

By Rick Colosimo / February 13, 2017 /

Mark Suster wrote a great post on management bandwidth being the scarcest resource for startups. It seems from the outside that he’s wrong, that only money stands between every team and their dream, but you have to go around the block a few times before you see the truth of his advice. You can take…

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Five-minute general counsel: A little trademark search saves a lot of headache

By Rick Colosimo / February 6, 2017 /

This WSJ article describes some of the problems that small businesses have faced with names. The most significant one, from my perspective, is the trademark lawsuit that cause the cookie company to change its name after being featured on the “Rachael Ray Show.” What a waste of potential marketing value! Over the years, I’ve serviced…

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