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Founder Equity Issues: Structuring Founder Relationships, Stockholder Agreements, and Choice of Entity

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Once you move from a single person to adding a co-founder, hiring your first employee, or setting up a partnership that takes your company beyond just you, it’s important to make sure you have your stockholder agreements set up correctly. There is more than one kind of stock option to share. Do you know them all and when to use them? Don’t worry, we’ll help you.

This Google Hangout will cover invaluable information on structuring founder equity to avoid the pitfalls that can harm a company’s ability to attract investment capital.
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Come to Terms with Angel & Venture Term Sheets

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This limited-seat luncheon brings some of Boston’s most experienced attorneys to provide two hours of deep instruction to entrepreneurs struggling to understand the complexity of high growth investments. Sample terms sheets will be provided and analyzed.

Working lunch programs are hosted by TCN’s professional service sponsors to provide tactical level information designed to accelerate the fundraising process.

Experts:

Will Perkins – Bingham McCutchen
Jason Rodriguez – Bingham McCutchen

 

 

Understand the Dilution Impact of Early Stage Investment

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In today’s difficult investment climate, entrepreneurs should have the maximum understanding of the impact of proposed financing – before they talk to investors.

This session will not only explain terms such as:

  • pre-money
  • fully diluted equity
  • option pool
  • percentage ownership
  • weighted average anti-dilution
  • full ratchet anti-dilution
  • per share price

but will show you the exact numerical consequences of these difficult negotiating points.

Also in this workshop lunch, you learn how to build your own capitalization table in a simple, but powerful spreadsheet. BYOL – bring your own laptop.

Once you have your own cap table built, we will discuss in detail how to use this tool to understand the dilutive impact of various investment decisions such as:

  • stock options
  • restricted stock
  • early-stage angel or venture capital investment
  • down-rounds
  • anti-dilution provisions
  • and much more…

Expert - Jeremy Halpern, Nutter McClennen & Fish

 

Upstart Roundtable with the Venture Cafe

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TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual cafe setting.

Featuring:

Ken Deckinger, Jess Meet Ken; interviewed by Joe Caruso, Launchpad Venture Group

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From Zero to Sixty: The One-Minute Pitch Practice

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Often, you only have sixty seconds or less to make a good impression on a potential investor. One of the hardest things to do is to talk about what you’re doing in a concise and compelling way.

We have assembled a room full of investors, serial entrepreneurs, and experts to help you nail down your sixty-second pitch.

With some beer stations in between, you’ll be working  one-on-one with our mentors until your elevator pitch is perfected.

Have fun, tune up your motor mouth, and perfect your pitch!

Developing an Effective IP Strategy: From an Idea to Blockbuster Science

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Experts will discuss considerations unique to life science IP that include:

  • In-licensing technology is only the first step: plan the future before signing the license
  • What to expect in investors’ and pharma partners’ diligence
  • Balancing disclosure, ownership, enablement and obviousness in charting out an IP strategy
  • How to properly project costs of execution and maximize ROI
  • How to factor in regulatory exclusivities, patent linkage and extensions?
  • Major legal differences between biological and chemical entities
  • Most typical areas of misalignment and common mistakes

Life Science Fast Track

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Are you a physician, innovator, or entrepreneur with a commercial idea and ready to make it a fundable company? Join us for this full-day program to understand today’s unique challenges for life science, med device, and healthcare entrepreneurs starting companies and raising capital. Learn from and meet some of the leading life science investors, entrepreneurs, and early-stage experts in New England.

Building on the success of The Capital Network’s annual Fast Track Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs, this Life Science Fast Track is an intensive, interactive full-day seminar designed to provide entrepreneurs and innovators an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early stage capital for a life science startup.

Capitalize While Maximizing Founders Equity

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Not all money is equal.  Get insight into building a fundraising strategy that takes full advantage of non-dilutive resources without harming future financings. We will address the following:

  •  Timing is everything—when and how much should you raise (if at all)
  • 5 steps BEFORE you raise
  • Building a fundraising network: Is there such a thing as pre-marketing your raise?
  •  What funding programs exist in Massachusetts and what they require of the company
  • State v. Federal:  which and why
  • Examples of different financing strategies and the common pitfalls of each

Expert - Jeremy Halpern, Nutter McClennen & Fish and Nancy Saucier, UMass Lowell and Jeff Arnold, MassMed Angels

Upstart Roundtable with Ellen Rubin

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TCN UpStart Roundtables are monthly gatherings at the Venture Cafe that bring together Boston-area early-stage startups and seasoned entrepreneurs. This free series with The Capital Network, Venture Cafe, and Silicon Valley Bank is a great opportunity for you to ask burning questions about starting a company and meet other like-minded entrepreneurs in a casual cafe setting.

Featuring: Ellen Rubin, ClearSky Data

8 Mistakes Founders Make

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You have the next billion dollar idea. Now you have to transform your idea into a company.
Our friend Bob Bishop of Goodwin Procter can warn you about the Top Eight Mistakes founders make and how to avoid them before they happen.

Experts:
Bob Bishop - Goodwin Proctor

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