FREE - Legal Land Mines: What to Know When Starting Your Startup

Legal Land Mines: What to Know When Starting Your Startup

Location: Dogpatch Labs, 1 Cambridge Center (Kendall Square)
Instructors: Mick Bain & Janene Asgeirsson, WilmerHale

Starting a new company is hard, but putting in place the right legal framework for your business doesn’t have to be.

In this class, you’ll learn how to avoid the most common costly mistakes when starting your company from Mick Bain and Janene Asgeirsson, two experts on start-up law from WilmerHale. If you misstep early, it could cost you BIG later, making it more challenging or even impossible to build a successful business.

Did you know you can be liable for 3x a person’s wages for failure to pay? Thought so. This class will save you from these lethal mistakes. Having worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and start-ups, Mick and Janene will cover topics like:

  • Founder equity – Allocation + vesting do’s and don’ts
  • Employee compensation and using options
  • Capital raising do’s and don’ts
  • Using independent contractors and interns and avoiding personal liability
  • What type of legal entity is really best for you?

The class will end with an open Q&A with Mick & Janene; come get the answers to your burning startup legal questions! Don’t make your life harder than it has to be - come learn the fundamentals and save yourself headaches, money and wasted effort down the line.

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  • Sarah H.

    Thanks to everyone for coming out to class tonight! Check out our Slideshare pages for class slides:

    December 4, 2012

  • Tim B.

    This was a highly informative presentation. Granted it was about encouraging startups to come to WilmerHale but it was still packed with good advice for the first timer.

    December 4, 2012

    • Sarah H.

      Good thing they picked up the tab for everyone to attend ;) In all seriousness, glad you enjoyed the class!

      December 4, 2012

  • Bill W.

    Any recommendations on where to park?

    November 26, 2012

    • Hao C.

      Meters along Main, Third, Wadsworth, Amherst, Ames. Anywhere on Memorial. Hayward MIT lot after 5pm.

      1 · November 27, 2012

    • Dennis U.

      We've asked for 'permission to plug' leading up to past Meetups and received the OK as it's directly related to parking during the events. So…

      Our (beta) service – MeterAid – allows you to request help and have your parking meter fed for you.

      No time left on the meter or out of quarters? Text 781.763.PARK (or[masked]) with your vehicle’s make / model (e.g., Tesla Model S), the street you’re parked on and any landmarks (e.g., Cross street, businesses, etc.) that'll aid in locating your vehicle. Know your plate? Share that too.

      Your meter will be fed to the max time allowed (usually 2 hours in the City of Cambridge), a confirmation will be sent via text - with pics of your vehicle and meter - along with a request for payment ($7) via PayPal.

      Note: Unfortunately, due to the City of Cambridge’s parking rules and regs, there is no guarantee your vehicle will not be ticketed if you exceed the max time allowed for your parking space.

      Thanks and drive safe,
      Dennis & Chris

      1 · December 4, 2012

  • Sarah H.

    Quick reminder - PLEASE CANCEL YOUR TICKET IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND. We have a wait list for this event, and someone would love your spot if you can't make it. We look forward to seeing everyone!

    1 · December 3, 2012

  • Sarah H.

    Hello, everyone! Just released a few extra tickets. If you were on the waitlist or have friends who want to attend, feel free to spread the word.

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Greg M.

    Hey guys, I organized a get together cafe charity event at Starbucks on December 4th at 5pm for those attending the event later on. This will give us a chance to get together in a more relaxed setting and chat with each other before the event. This event is priced at $5 per person, and is set up so that all proceeds are donated to the Feed the Children Charity on your behalf. Seems like a good and productive way to grab a coffee and meet up, so if you are interested, you can sign up here:

    November 23, 2012

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