Corporate & Securities

Raising Capital: The Ultimate Strategic Guide to Funding Your Startup

Raising capital is a sales job. And for most of us, selling is hard. But with the right approach—the knowledge, tools, and mindset—it doesn’t have to be. Even if you’ve never sold a thing and the idea of it unnerves you, you can learn to sell investors on your idea, your team, and yourself. This is a guide to raising capital drawn from my first- and second-hand experience, and from the experience of veteran investors…

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Raising Capital Will Change Your Business

Raising capital will change your business. Take the decision seriously.

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Financing is a Tactic not a Goal

Raising capital is not a win, or even a touchdown. It’s a kickoff.

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Founder Beware! Raising capital through a “finder” can destroy your business.

Capital is the lifeblood of a startup company. But for founders without ties to angels and venture capital, raising capital can feel impossible. Many founders turn for help to finders—service providers who help raise capital, for a fee. But what they don’t realize is that finders are acting as securities brokers without proper certification and registration. And by working with a finder, the entrepreneur and her company are exposed to draconian penalties and investor liabilities…

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What are Restricted Securities?

Restricted Securities are securities sold without registration under the Securities Act of 1933.

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The Rules of Regulation D: Selling Equity without a Securities Registration

A closer look at the rules of Regulation D that allow a securities issuer to make an unregistered, private placement of securities.

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Regulation D: Private Sales of Securities

Every securities transaction is registered, exempt, or illegal. The SEC issued Regulation D as a safe harbor for exempt transactions. It is the principal rule for making an unregistered, private sale of securities.

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Registered, Exempt, or Illegal

The fundamental rule of U.S. securities law is that every transaction involving securities must be registered or exempt from registration. Otherwise it’s illegal.

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5 Legal Issues to Focus on for Reducing Taxes and Unlocking Value

Focus your business on these five legal issues to reduce your tax burden and unlock value.

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