Checklists

A series of posts that cover the issues and components of incorporation, financing, licensing, acquisition and other matters in a checklist format. This is how my mind works and hopefully it will be helpful to you.

Hashbrown Series

A fictional series of posts that will take you through the various life stages of several startups. This is my best attempt at being creative with somewhat bland topics.

Toolkits

A series of posts that shed light on hot topics that concern the startup community: Corporate Finance, Corporate Formation, Intellectual Property, Licensing Transactions, M&A, Angel Investors, Incorporation, Venture Capital Financing, etc.

Day #2 : Let’s Make It Official – Hashbrown Incorporates

Hashbrown Series

1 Comment 08 July 2014

One of the first decisions a founder of a startup will make is the form of the entity. For technology startups, the decision is usually between a limited liability company (LLC) and a corporation. Hashbrown has decided to incorporate as a corporation. Most technology companies are structured as corporations. Investors of technology companies are more [...]

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Day #1 : The Launch of Hashbrown

Hashbrown Series

0 Comments 01 July 2014

Let’s create our first fictional company to take us through some stages of a startup. Company Name:  Hashbrown Founders:   Moe with 33 1/3% Curly with 33 1/3% Larry with 33 1/3% Company Vision:  To create a food review site that provides more reliable reviews than Yelp. In the next series of posts, I’ll try my best [...]

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Did We Get Clarity on Software Patents in Supreme Court case of Alice v. CLS Bank?

Patents

1 Comment 19 June 2014

In a word, no. The U.S. Supreme Court just issued its highly anticipated ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, a patent case closely watched by those seeking more clarity on the validity of software patents. Much can be debated about this decision: whether it’s good or bad for software patents, for innovation, for startups, for [...]

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Incorporating a Technology Startup- The Players: Incorporator, Board, Officers and Shareholders

Checklists, Incorporation

0 Comments 31 March 2014

After the Certificate of Incorporation and Bylaws, the next step in the formation of your technology startup involves getting all the players situated. There are two documents to get this done: Action by Sole Incorporator Written Consent of Board in Lieu of First Meeting Action by Sole Incorporator. When forming a corporation, the incorporator starts [...]

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Startup Intellectual Property Checklist- Part 4

Checklists, Intellectual Property, Toolkits

0 Comments 06 March 2014

If you’re just tuning in, this is a continuation of the Startup Intellectual Property Checklist series. Intellectual property is key to the success of a technology startup.  But, what is intellectual property?  How do you protect it?  What about the intellectual property of others?  This checklist provides a basic primer on key intellectual property issues each founder should [...]

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Startup Intellectual Property Checklist- Part 3

Checklists, Intellectual Property

1 Comment 16 January 2014

If you’re just tuning in, this is a continuation of the Startup Intellectual Property Checklist series. Intellectual property is key to the success of a technology startup.  But, what is intellectual property?  How do you protect it?  What about the intellectual property of others?  This checklist provides a basic primer on key intellectual property issues each founder should [...]

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Startup Intellectual Property Checklist- Part 2

Checklists, Intellectual Property

1 Comment 09 January 2014

If you’re just tuning in, this is a continuation of the Startup Intellectual Property Checklist series. Intellectual property is key to the success of a technology startup. But, what is intellectual property? How do you protect it? What about the intellectual property of others? This checklist provides a basic primer on key intellectual property issues [...]

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Incorporating a Technology Startup: Qualifying to Do Business

Checklists, Incorporation

1 Comment 05 December 2013

When a startup is incorporated, founders should understand the requirement to qualify to do business in a state where it is not incorporated and “doing business.” Here’s the basic context: Most technology startups are incorporated in Delaware. However, in each state outside of Delaware that the tech startup is “doing business” the company must register [...]

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Startup Intellectual Property Checklist- Part 1

Checklists, Intellectual Property

3 Comments 31 October 2013

Intellectual property is key to the success of a technology startup. But, what is intellectual property? How do you protect it? What about the intellectual property of others? This checklist provides a basic primer on key intellectual property issues each founder should understand, and a simple To-Do list of action items. Part 1 of this [...]

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Incorporating a Technology Startup: Bylaws

Bylaws, Checklists

1 Comment 01 October 2013

Think of the company’s bylaws as its rulebook.  It covers a few general categories relating to the operations of a company: Stockholders Directors Committees Officers Record and Reports Other General Matters The bylaws set forth the rights and powers of the stockholders, directors and officers.  These are the 3 main groups of players in the [...]

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About Sam Wu

Sam Wu

Sam is a partner with Innovation Capital Law Group and specializes in startup representation, corporate finance (i.e. angel investment and venture capital financings), mergers and acquisitions and licensing transactions.

Email: swu@icaplaw.com

Phone +1.949.833.1828

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What initially began as a side project in February 2012, Q Street Startups is a virtual platform for founders and CEO's to share their startup wisdom and stories. It's my hope that this will serve as an invaluable resource to the startup community.