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Blockchain in Energy: A Practical Path to Standardization

May 15, 2019 | Blog | By Mark Higgins, Jack Gilligan

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As societies and markets increasingly insist that corporations generate positive social impact alongside profit, investors have taken notice. The global impact investing market alone, for instance, doubled from $114 billion in 2017 to $228 billion in 2018, and will almost certainly continue to accelerate.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

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In late 2015, Congress amended Section 4 of the Securities Act of 1933 to add new Section 4(a)(7), which permits resales of private, restricted stock after 90 days without requiring a registration with the SEC.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue’s topics include the SEC no action letter on utility tokens, raising capital as a public benefit corp, resales of private securities using Section 4(a)(7), distributing equity among start-up stakeholders, and the abc’s of California employment law.
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MintzTech Connect: How to Distribute Equity in Your Start-Up

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Patrick Elahmadie

The purpose of granting equity to management, employees and certain consultants is to align the interests of the parties pivotal to the growth of your company with the interests of investors. There are a number of different ways to grant equity in a start-up, the most common of which is stock options. (For an in-depth discussion of granting options, including reasons to give options, differences between Incentive Stock Options and Non-Incentive Stock Options, determining fair market value and vesting schedules, please see this post on our MintzEdge blog.
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The SEC Confirms the Limited Scope and Nature of Utility Tokens

April 9, 2019 | Alert | By Marine Bouaziz, Daniel DeWolf

This alert looks at recent SEC communications providing guidance on — and limiting the use of — digital tokens.
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FAA Announces New UAS (Drone) Marking Rule

February 14, 2019 | Alert | By Laura Stefani, Jonathan R. Markman

This article covers an immediate FAA rule change requiring markings for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, commonly known as drones). Beginning February 25, 2019, every UAS must have its registration number displayed and visible on the external surface of the aircraft.
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MintzTech Connect: Meet Our Newest Team Members

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers issues for emerging companies to consider when dividing and sharing equity and disproportional rights and controls for directors.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

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MintzTech Connect Innovator Profile: Templum Inc.

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Templum Inc., is a leading innovative financial technology company focused on the development of new market infrastructure for the digital asset sector. Templum Markets LLC, their captive broker-dealer and alternative trading system, offers issuers a platform for the initial sale of their digital assets and provides both issuers and investors a centralized platform for secondary trading.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - November 2018

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Upcoming events - TechConnect Industry News - November 2018
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - November 2018

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers liability considerations for directors of Delaware public benefit corporations and profiles FinTech company Templum.
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Digital Tokens: Rethinking the Term “Cryptocurrency”

November 8, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Rachel Gholston, Marine Bouaziz

This article explains why the “cryptocurrency” label can be misleading, and suggests we use “virtual currencies,” “security tokens,” and “utility tokens” instead.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - September 2018

September 11, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

While many of the issues involved in various transactions are similar, every single transaction that we get involved in is nuanced and different in some way from other similar transactions. Pattern matching is important, but each successful enterprise is successful in a unique way. Building an enterprise requires a balancing of the economic interests of the various parties. The founders may want to control their destiny or be captains of industry, in addition to making outsized returns. Investors will be laser focused on those returns but may also be interested in promoting activities that involve sustainability or technical breakthroughs. Employees will be hoping for financial rewards but may also want to be involved in cutting-edge technologies and a flexible workplace. Finally, the board of directors needs to monitor the enterprise and provide relevant advisory insights. Getting this right is so much more than processing a form; it requires deep domain knowledge of the industry sector and a good sense of the people involved. It is similar to why the best doctors examine a patient before prescribing medication. Knowing the context of the situation truly matters and one size never fits all.

MintzTech Connect Innovator Profile: The Zeus Network

September 11, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter have created celebrities with huge loyal followings – in some cases, millions or even tens of millions of followers – who have never appeared in a Hollywood movie or TV show. These influencers instead generate content – videos, photos, tweets, and the like – on the social media networks, and that content is shaping popular culture among younger consumers and attracting significant advertising dollars.

MintzTech Connect Innovator Profile: Rocketbook

September 11, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Inspired by his own experience forgetting the correct notebook for an important meeting, Rocketbook co-founder Joe Lemay set out to find a modern solution for note taking in 2014. After testing out electronic pens and smart tablets, which were ultimately disappointing, Lemay teamed up with Jake Epstein to develop a new product, a reusable cloud-connected paper notebook called Rocketbook.

MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2018

August 11, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In this issue we focus on a number of basics for building growth enterprises. We lead off with a terrific podcast on the importance of assembling a strong board of directors. We follow with an article on a new securities law that permits the aggregation of up to 250 investors in a single investment vehicle so long as the entity has no more than $10 million in capital contributions. This new law will be particularly useful to online platforms that aggregate angel and seed investors to invest in start-ups. We then discuss the importance of stock options and creating a culture of ownership, another basic in creating a valuable company. We conclude this issue with two innovator profiles: [email protected], a new shared wet lab space located in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, and RainFocus, which provides a software platform for delivering insights and marketing messages at large-scale conferences and events.

Trump Administration Botnet Report Will Impact IoT Device Makers – Things You Should Know

June 25, 2018 | Blog | By Christopher Harvie, Cynthia Larose, Laura Stefani

Manufacturers of wireless devices used for Internet of Things (IoT) applications should take heed of new Trump Administration proposals aimed at reducing the cybersecurity threats from botnets and other automated and distributed attacks.
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