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Entrepreneurship permeates the culture of Silicon Valley - the innovation capital of the world. The advent of the Digital Age has democratized innovation and entrepreneurship.

Never before has it been more possible for anyone from anywhere, with a great idea and a burning desire to succeed, to make it big, and in the process, change the world in a relatively short period of time. HP, Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, Yahoo, eBay, Amazon, Google, Facebook and many, many, many other iconic companies all started with just an idea.

Taking a startup from idea to IPO has taken on mythical proportions in Silicon Valley and beyond. Many dream the dream, with hopes of launching the "next big thing".
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Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge, guidance, tools, and connections they need to succeed.

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Startup Fundamentals #1/3: Start Up Right, Avoid Common Mistakes & Pitfalls

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LIVESTREAM FROM SILICON VALLEY - Includes breakout room networking (optional 5:30- 6:00 PM), deep-dive workshop, and digital workbook. Space is limited. Reserve your space now.


This is the first workshop in a series of three sessions for startup founders, startup executives, entrepreneurs, innovators and developers. This series is designed to optimize your startup stardom journey all but ensuring you avoid common follies that threaten startup success.

This series teaches how to startup right, the first time, from formation to exit based on the hands-on lessons of globally-renowned startup attorney, Roger Rappoport.

If you are looking to build a successful, fundable startup that is based on a sound financial model and is ready to be pitched to investors in Silicon Valley, you won’t want to miss this workshop!

Space is limited so reserve you space now.


A comprehensive 50-page digital workbook with an actionable step-by-step guide will be distributed to all registered event attendees the day of the webinar.


Besides building and selling a product, entrepreneurs need to worry about many other things:

  • How to form a company
  • How to hire the right people
  • How to compensate the team
  • How to split the pie with the co-founders and the team members
  • How much equity to give investors and at what valuation
  • How to raise money and under what terms
  • And much more!

Oftentimes these issues seem overwhelming, and traps for the unwary or uninformed are numerous.

However, successfully avoiding the most common pitfalls can make a significant difference:

  • as to whether or not your startup is fundable
  • the sources and types of capital that you will attract
  • who controls the company
  • how much you will make upon exit
  • and your startups overall likelihood of success.

In this first segment of the Startup Fundamentals series, Roger Rappoport, a partner and leader of Emerging Growth & Venture Capital Practice Group at Procopio, an AMLAW 200 law firm in Silicon Valley, will conduct an interactive, informative session with great take away materials and actionable items.

Startup issues that will be covered in this workshop (among others):

  1. choices in entity selection
  2. creating an appropriate capitalization table
  3. co-founders vs early employees (should they be treated differently?)
  4. appropriate allocations of founders’ stock (including Series FF Preferred Stock) between founders and vesting on Founders’ shares,
  5. repurchase rights and rights of first refusal
  6. determining if and when it is appropriate to obtain proxies from co-founders/early employees
  7. stock allocation for employees, consultants, board and advisory board members,
  8. the perils of Section 409A under the Internal Revenue Code
  9. granting options when milestone-based vesting, as opposed to time-based vesting, is appropriate
  10. the assignment of intellectual property and ensuring that all IP created belongs to the company
  11. executing employment/consulting agreements and
  12. the value of developing an intellectual property strategy early on.

AGENDA: (California, Pacific time)

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM - Optional digital networking via breakout rooms

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM - Speaker and sponsor introductions

6:15 PM - 7:30 PM - Startup workshop Part A

7:30 PM - 7:45 PM - Intermission

7:45 PM -8:45: PM - Startup workshop Part B

8:45 PM - 9:00 PM - Audience Q & A



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