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By Louis Lehot, The State of the Acqui-Hire in 2021: the good, the bad, the why and what’s next

Palo Alto, Jan 14, 2021 (Issuewire.com) – In the technology industry, whether in Cupertino or elsewhere in the Global Silicon Valley, the competition for the top talent required to grow to scale can be fierce. For decades, there have not been nearly enough STEM graduates to fill open spots. The road from #garage2global is tortuous, …

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6 Things You Need to Know About Early Exercisable Stock Options

For companies fighting for the best talent, or those that are well-advised, offering the early exercise of unvested stock options, also known as “early exercise stock options,” can be a key tool in the toolbox.  Allowing early exercise of stock options offers a key tax advantage by enabling holders to begin the holding period for …

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A Silicon Valley Take on AI Adoption

Although AI won’t replace the knowledge and experience of lawyers any time soon, great tools are becoming available to make our work more efficient and effective. In this webinar we will talk about how we use AI in our law practice and how you can apply it to make your knowledge work more efficient.

Tales From The Trenches – Venture Capital Term Sheets 101 (Part2)

Seed-Stage Financing Instruments Following are attributes of the key financing instruments used in the various stages of venture capital: Convertible Note – A form of short-term debt that converts into equity, typically in conjunction with a future financing round. Convertible notes used to “bridge” a startup that has previously raised equity capital to the next equity round …

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Tales From The Trenches – Venture Capital Term Sheets 101 (Part1)

By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. and the video blog series #askasiliconvalleylawyer, and Kate Mamyko-Golomb, a law clerk with L2 Counsel Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for your next round of venture capital, or a venture capital investor swinging for the fences, the pandemic has changed how we play the startup …

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Startups: Nine Steps to Instituting A Policy For Social Media, Data Collection, And Other Online And Mobile Activities

Louis Lehot, L2 Counsel P.C. In today’s interconnected world, where opinions are formed in nano-seconds, companies vastly underestimate the damage that social media and other applications can have on their daily business. To protect and manage their brand and online reputation, it is essential that companies implement effective and comprehensive social media and data collection …

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Contracts, COVID-19, and “Material Adverse Change” Clauses: Protecting your business agreements during a global pandemic

Louis Lehot,  L2 Counsel P.C. As someone with extensive experience advising public and emerging growth companies and their investors, along with parties in M&A transactions, I am often asked to advise companies on how they can prevent interruptions to their business priorities, particularly interruptions to customer and supplier relationships. With the advent of COVID-19 and …

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9 Considerations for an Effective Board Meeting

Louis Lehot, L2 Counsel P.C. As your company grows and has completed its first venture capital fundraising round, it is customary to include one or more outside investors on your board of directors. As your company enters this stage, board meetings will become formalized events engaged and effective dialogue between the company’s executives and its …

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Looking for A Lawyer? Choose wisely, your business is at stake, says Louis Lehot from L2 Counsel

Choosing the right lawyer that fits your business is one of the most important steps you can take in today’s litigious world. Whether you are launching a new venture, pivoting to reposition your current business or have a “bet the company” challenge or opportunity, finding the lawyer that fits your unique situation is critical. Read …

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Running an effective board of directors By Louis Lehot of L2 Counsel P.C.

Companies usually run informally at the pre-seed and seed-stage, without formal meetings of the board of directors. However, once your business closes its first round of formal venture capital financing from a professional investment firm, and one or more venture capital partners have joined your board of directors, the meeting process becomes more formalized. Read …

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