Archive for June, 2010

“Ask the Business Attorney” – What’s Wrong with a Partnership?

by Scott Edward Walker on June 30th, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs); it is part 3 of 3 of my posts on choice of entity.  Two weeks ago (in part 1), I discussed what’s wrong with an LLC.  Last week (in part 2), I discussed what’s wrong with a sole proprietorship; and this week I’ll address what’s wrong with a partnership.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section.  Many thanks, Scott

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Larry Page

by Scott Edward Walker on June 29th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends:  Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video presentation or interview of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Today, as a bonus to yesterday’s presentation by Keith Rabois, we have Larry Page, co-founder of Google and a brilliant entrepreneur, from a 2002 presentation at Stanford (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner).  In this interesting, 4-minute excerpt, Larry discusses, among other things, the importance of (i) having great people involved with your venture; (ii) becoming an “expert” in your space/domain; (iii) having a “healthy disregard for the impossible”; and (iv) not starting a company because the space is “hot.”  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks, Scott

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Keith Rabois (of Slide)

by Scott Edward Walker on June 28th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video presentation or interview of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we present Keith Rabois, Executive Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Slide and a very smart investor (courtesy of GigaOm TV).  In this interesting, 20-minute interview, Keith discusses, among other things: (i) the recent increases in the size of angel rounds, (ii) making investment decisions, (iii) how “cool” it is being a seed investor, (iv) the changing role of the VC, (v) how to choose the right investor and (vi) the excitement of being an entrepreneur.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: June 20th – 26th

by Scott Edward Walker on June 27th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, business and corporate law issues, and mergers & acquisitions.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and two most popular blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: The 10,000-Hour Rule (via Malcolm Gladwell)

by Scott Edward Walker on June 25th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video or movie clip to inspire and motivate our fellow entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because it’s fuckn tough trying to build a company – and we all need a little juice to help us push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

“Ask the Business Attorney”: What’s Wrong with a Sole Proprietorship?

by Scott Edward Walker on June 23rd, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs); it is part 2 of 3 of my posts on choice of entity.  Last week (in part 1), I discussed what’s wrong with an LLC.  This week I address what’s wrong with a sole proprietorship; and next week I’ll address what’s wrong with a partnership.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section.  Many thanks, Scott

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Walker Twitter Highlights: June 13th – 19th

by Scott Edward Walker on June 20th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, business and corporate law issues, and mergers & acquisitions.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and two most popular blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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“Ask the Business Attorney” – What’s Wrong with an LLC?

by Scott Edward Walker on June 16th, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my weekly “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer version.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section.  Many thanks, Scott

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Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Steve Case

by Scott Edward Walker on June 15th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends: Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video interview or presentation of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Yesterday, we presented Tony Hsieh of Zappos.  Today, as a bonus video, we present Steve Case, the co-founder and former CEO of AOL, and an extraordinary entrepreneur (courtesy of Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner).  Steve discusses (i) the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in this country; and (ii) the “3 P’s” – people, passion and perseverance (through the prism of his own career).

Please note that this video is a little longer than the others in this series, but well worth it.  Thanks, Scott

Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed: Tony Hsieh of Zappos

by Scott Edward Walker on June 14th, 2010

To Our Clients & Friends:  Welcome to our new weekly series entitled “Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed.”  Each week, we post a short video interview of a successful entrepreneur, investor or business/thought leader on a variety of topics to help entrepreneurs succeed.

This week, we present Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.  In this interesting speech, Tony discusses (i) the history of Zappos, (ii) customer service and the “wow” experience and (iii) the importance of company culture.  I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks, Scott

Walker Twitter Highlights: June 6th – 12th

by Scott Edward Walker on June 13th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, business and corporate law issues, and mergers & acquisitions.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “Are You Going to Finish Strong?”

by Scott Edward Walker on June 10th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video or movie clip to inspire and motivate our fellow entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because it’s fuckn tough trying to build a company – and we all need a little juice to help us push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

“Ask the Business Attorney” – What Are the Biggest Legal Mistakes that Startups Make?

by Scott Edward Walker on June 9th, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version — with ten mistakes, instead of six.

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Walker Twitter Highlights: May 30th – June 5th

by Scott Edward Walker on June 6th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, business and corporate law issues, and mergers & acquisitions.

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below are my five most popular tweets (via bit.ly) and my blog-related tweets.  If you’d like to see all of my tweets (or an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.  Many thanks, Scott

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Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs: “Hustle Is the Most Important Word. . . Ever” (via Gary Vaynerchuk)

by Scott Edward Walker on June 4th, 2010

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Welcome to our weekly series entitled “Motivational Clips for Entrepreneurs.”  Each week, we post a short video or movie clip to inspire and motivate our fellow entrepreneurs.  Why?  Because it’s fuckn tough trying to build a company – and we all need a little juice to help us push the ball forward.  I hope these videos are a little juice.  Cheers, Scott

Ask the Business Attorney – What Is an Employee Stock Option?

by Scott Edward Walker on June 2nd, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my weekly “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section.  Many thanks, Scott

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