Etsy, the online market place for crafts and hand- made items, recently filed a registration statement with the SEC as part of its IPO. Etsy’s IPO is shining a light of sorts on the whole issue of B corporation certification and maybe confusing people about the different types of corporate entities. B corporation certification What…

Yesterday the SEC announced its adoption of final rules required to be adopted under the JOBS Act for a new and improved Regulation A now known as Regulation A+. The new rules purport to make capital-raising easier while maintaining strong investor protection. Basics The new rule divides offerings into Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier…

Courtesy of tech.co reporting from SXSW the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project released their rankings of U.S. based accelerators. See http://tech.co/top-20-us-startup-accelerators-ranked-2015-03. How useful are these rankings? Does anyone have experiences that contradict the findings?

No business owner is excited about spending time and money on following corporate formalities. Maybe they should be. I believe there is a clear benefit in terms of a cost-benefit analysis for most companies. Here are some reasons to pay attention to corporate formalities: 1. Litigation 2. Financing 3. Mergers & acquisitions Litigation While this…

Why should a businessperson care about securities laws? One good reason is that a failure to follow the securities laws of a particular state could cripple a business even resulting in its shutdown. Another good reason is that securities commissioners sometimes name management of a company in their individual capacity as defendants. The following discussion…

The business press likes to focus its attention on the innovators, superstars, billionaires, and mavericks who are deemed worthy of the spotlight and who help sell magazines. One downside of this cult of personality is that it insinuates that these individuals accomplished their goals by themselves in some sort of business vacuum. As every experienced…

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