Monthly Archives: July 2011

Willful Blindness: The Rule 506 Securities Law Exemption and The New “Bad Actor” Rules

Entrepreneurs create jobs, but they generally don’t do it out of thin air. Usually, they need investors. These investors are generally very wealthy people who are 1) inherently private and 2) usually very busy doing wealthy person stuff. So imagine … Continue reading

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Stock Option Deduction Debate: Journey Down the Rabbit Hole

Have you ever wished you’d coined a phrase? I wish I’d coined the phrase “curiouser and curiouser” from Alice in Wonderland. As time goes by, our laws and regulations and accounting pronouncements become, by virtue of amendments, inflation (without corresponding … Continue reading

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5 Things To Remember As You File Your Section 83(b) Election

As the founder of a startup company, by the time you get to the point of filing a Section 83(b) election with the IRS, you will have most likely already bought a helmet to keep your brains from flowing freely … Continue reading

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FTC and DOJ, Your Least Favorite Marriage Counselors

You and another company fall in love and now you want to make it official by merging. It’s like a big corporate romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and…well…you. But before the big climactic kiss, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and … Continue reading

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Tips and Traps: Negotiating the Murky Waters of Executive Employment Agreements

Understanding Executive Employment Agreements Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. PST Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200 Seattle, WA 98101 It happens to almost every startup that has ever become successful, that sad/exciting but … Continue reading

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