It’s easy to get the impression, particularly when all you read about startups is a handful of publications representing a pocket (albeit a very vocal one) of the broader tech ecosystem, that the legal decisions startup entrepreneurs often face have all been standardized and templatized. But in truth, this is a façade. Extremely important, and […]
Raising money, particularly in a VC round with outsiders planning to join a startup’s Board of Directors, is often a founder’s first real introduction to corporate governance. A Board of Directors – the head governing body of a classically structured startup – approves all of a company’s most important decisions (including hiring/firing executives). Boards have […]
Whenever an influential organization publishes a “standard” financing document, important questions need to be asked about not just its specific terms, but also the entire concept of “standard” terms in general, and potential biases in their creation.
Spend enough time working in startup ecosystems, and you’ll hear a whole spectrum of conflicting advice about startup legal fees and working with lawyers; some of it great, and some of it total nonsense.
There’s a game that, as Startup/VC lawyers, we’ve seen played out across many ecosystems. We’ll call it “own the lawyers,” and because it benefits repeat players (professional investors, service providers) at the expense of first-time founders – and the former are usually the people controlling the microphones – it rarely gets discussed publicly.
Ahead of DATAx New York’s AI & Big Data for Banking Summit, we speak to Poulomi Damany, vice-president of data product management at Credit Karma, about the how the personal finance company utilizes AI and analytics to enhance its customer service
If you’re thinking about investing in non-traditional asset classes, fine art should be high on your list of options to explore. Over a span of several decades, fine art’s favorable investment characteristics, such as its ability to act as a store of wealth to hedge against inflation and currency devaluation, have made it an increasingly […]
Peter Minuit is credited with spearheading the purchase of the island of Manhattan for the Dutch from the Native Americans in 1626 in exchange for 60 guilders. Accounting for inflation, that price equates to $967 in today’s dollars. An incredible deal in a city where real estate is changing hands at an average of $1868 […]
Are you a tech startup that needs to scale, and you want to be in the New York City area this spring? Newark Venture Partners Labs Bridge-to-Seed program offers $200K, high level mentorship, office space, and growth coaching.
Welcome back to Inside the Mind of a VC, a series of interviews in which we speak with Venture Capitalists. In the hot seat this time is Tina Aufiero, Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Safeguard. Tina brings 20+ years of experience in venture, PE, M&A, and Strategy to Safeguard where she oversees the fintech vertical […]