A device that connects wirelessly to the internet, such as a fitness tracker, smart coffee pot, or home security system, must comply with country-specific equipment authorization and labeling rules.  In the US, IoT devices must follow the authorization and labeling requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Absent proper labeling on your product or device,… Read more »

Now that you’ve decided that borrowing money is a better option than doing an equity round, how do you determine the terms of the loan? Venture debt lenders will typically present you with a term sheet so you can evaluate their proposed deal. Negotiating a term sheet is faster, cheaper, and more effective than negotiating… Read more »

When deciding to sell your company, and taking some of the initial steps towards that goal (including Getting Ready for an M&A exit and Negotiating a Term Sheet), an important step will be determining the structure of the transaction.  You may have heard the terms “merger”, “stock purchase” and “asset sale”.  Below is a quick primer… Read more »

In conjunction with our Q3 Venture Financing Report, I sat down with Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group, to get his take on the current state of venture capital investing. A few highlights from Brad: Market outlook: “The existential freakout that occurred in January and February seemed like the distant past with the lingering… Read more »

As your company grows, you should start thinking about insurance as a way in which to protect your business. Types of Insurance Buying insurance is an up-front cost. Whether it is worth it is a balancing exercise, comparing the cost of the insurance against the chance of an event happening for which you would need… Read more »

OK, so you have made the decision to explore a sale of your company.  What can you do to make the deal go smoothly and put your best foot forward? Clean the House.  Ask your outside counsel and accounting teams to help identify outstanding record keeping matters.  Are your material contracts signed?  Are all arrangements… Read more »

Building, marketing and maintaining a strong brand is fundamental to ensuring the success of a new company. Not only will a strong brand confer a competitive advantage through encouraging brand loyalty, but it will have financial value and help to attract investors. Here is general guidance on building, marketing and maintaining your brand while protecting… Read more »

Companies generally consider it a good idea for employees to be stakeholders in the business in which they work and believe share-based incentives offer the ability to reward, motivate and retain key staff. There are various ways in which employees of private UK companies can receive share incentives (i.e., an equity stake in their employer): either… Read more »