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When Your Valuation is Too High for Your Own Good

Just closed your seed round at an incredibly high valuation? Well done and good luck! And here's hoping that it does not become a double-edged sword. Raising money is not an easy task. Typically, it involves months of tedious meetings and games of tag with investors, with the response ending up being "no" 99% of the time. However, sometimes everything...

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Thinking About Adding Hardware to Your Startup? Think Again!

Elon Musk once said that being an entrepreneur sometimes feels like “eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” That said, it is universally acknowledged that being an internet entrepreneur is a walk in the park compared with being a hardware entrepreneur. Developing and selling hardware is a nightmare. The life cycle of hardware products is considerably longer and...

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Are You in the Wrong Startup?

As a lawyer and mentor, I often meet entrepreneurs only to realize, within minutes of talking, that they simply are not going to make it. This has nothing to do with how talented, nice, and engaging these people are. It has everything to do with the fact that they are in the wrong startup. The passion, the motivation, even the...

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Escaping the Trap of the Valuation Cap

Raising money for your startup through a convertible note means that instead of issuing shares to investors, you promise them that when you raise an equity financing round—and in certain other scenarios, such as if you didn’t raise any more money within an agreed period—you would convert their money into shares. It is customary to give convertible note investors a...

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Getting the Most Out of International Business Meetings

For most startups, international travel is an essential part of doing business. Living out of a suitcase can be challenging but also rewarding, and if your business is international and your clients are spread around the globe, it is simply what you have to do. Since a young startup will typically have a very limited budget for travel, business trips...

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Four Mistakes You Should Avoid When Issuing Employee Options

For a startup, issuing options to employees, consultants, or service providers is a handy way to compensate them for their services. This is especially true when the company has not raised money. Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs just give away options without realizing they are putting their company at serious risk. Issuing options creates future shareholders, so you need to make sure...

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Why Can’t Blockchain and GDPR just get along?

One of the era’s biggest buzzwords, blockchain has become massively popular despite ongoing concerns regarding regulatory, privacy, even environmental issues. A relatively new front in the battle between blockchain opposers and supporters is the issue of blockchain’s GDPR compliance. While many believe that blockchain inherently cannot be GDPR compliant, luckily for the blockchain projects I advise, I do not agree...

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A GDPR Readiness Snapshot, Two Months Later

The European Union’s General Data Protection (more…)

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For Adtech Companies, GDPR is a Tall Order

The deadline for compliance with the European (more…)

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Why Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Prefer Coworking Spaces

Guest post by Fiona Murray - Fiona Murray is a MSc (more…)

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