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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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Is Your Commercial Co-Venture in Compliance in all 50 States?

February 26, 2019 | Article | By Kaitlin Zellner

Commercial co-venture arrangements are a great way to blend philanthropy and commercial activities, but the parties in such an arrangement need to be mindful of the rules in each of the 50 states that govern commercial co-venture arrangements.
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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

Upcoming events - TechConnect Industry News - February 2019
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MintzTech Connect: Meet Our Newest Team Members

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

Employment Law Basics in California

January 30, 2019 | Podcast | By Jennifer Rubin, Sebastian E. Lucier

Jennifer Rubin, a Member in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, and Sebastian Lucier, a Member in the Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discuss employment law related matters for companies operating in the state of California, including the challenges relating to characterizing an individual as an employee rather than an independent contractor.
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Section 141(d) of the Delaware General Corporations Law (DGCL) allows the certificate of incorporation (COI) of a Delaware corporation to confer upon one or more directors voting powers greater than or less than those of other directors, thus resulting in “disproportionate voting” rights amongst the Directors.
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Just about every emerging business/start-up lawyer could write a book (and many have!) on the topics of equity division, incorporation and the innumerable ‘other details’ founders need to keep in mind when starting a business!
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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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LLCs and Convertible Debt – Too Good to be True?

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Scott Pinarchick, Will Bussiere

Founders choosing a structure for their business are often drawn to the limited liability company, or LLC, for its overall flexibility in both taxation and governance matters. And founders seeking access to early capital, not to mention seed investors themselves, are often drawn to the convertible note as a simple, less expensive means to raise funds. But LLCs and convertible debt don’t always mix.
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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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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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There has been a marked increase in the amount of money being invested by Chinese investors into U.S. early stage biotechnology companies since 2017, spurred on by direct encouragement from Beijing through its Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which specifically targets biotech as a strategic industry eligible for greater government backing.
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MintzEdge 101: IP Strategies for Start-ups - Sean Grygiel (Mintz)

October 24, 2018 | Podcast | By Samuel Asher Effron

Sam Effron, a Member in the Mintz Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice and co-editor of MintzEdge, sits down with Sean Grygiel, a Member in the Mintz Intellectual Property Practice, to discuss key IP considerations and strategies for new companies.

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.

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John Rotchford, founder of SASI, a boutique investment banking firm, discusses how to prepare your company for sale, how buyers will value your business, and how to achieve a favorable and timely outcome.

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.

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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.

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Making the Initial Investor Pitch

August 27, 2018 | Video | By Jeremy Glaser

Jeremy Glaser discusses the simple approach entrepreneurs should take when making their initial pitch to investors in order to pique their interest.
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