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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Highly successful startups do what, exactly?

By Rick Colosimo / February 3, 2017 /

The title of the article that sparked this post claims to tell us “What do highly successful startups have in common?” If only it were that easy. I bet you can name the data error here just by re-reading the title of that article. Of course, you just know there’s going to be a survivorship…

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How do I set the strike price for option grants?

By Rick Colosimo / August 9, 2016 /

When the board makes option grants, it has to set a strike price – the exercise price for each option. (NB: this applies equally to stock options for corporations and unit options for limited liability companies, so don’t get thrown off by the terminology.) How does the board do this? You look at the plan,…

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Making venture math easier

By Rick Colosimo / August 5, 2016 /

I recently launched a preferred financing calculations tool for you. It’s an online spreadsheet for you to enter some basic capitalization information, a target pre-money valuation, and a target investment amount. It then shows you the results for your cap table. Some inherent things about venture math that are embodied here but that you might…

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