Posts Tagged ‘term sheet’

Doing Deals – 3 Tips for Entrepreneurs (Part 3)

by Scott Edward Walker on August 25th, 2011

Introduction

I’ve been doing deals as a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I’ve seen entrepreneurs make over and over again.  Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips in connection with doing deals.  This is part three of a three-part series, which was originally posted on Forbes.

In part one, I discussed the importance of being careful with letters of intent, creating a competitive environment and using your lawyer as a “bad cop.”  In part two, I discussed the importance of checking your emotions and remaining disciplined, not blinking first and leaving some chips on the table.

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Walker Twitter Highlights: July 4th – 10th

by Scott Edward Walker on July 11th, 2011

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues.  If you missed this past 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.  Cheers, Scott

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Walker Twitter Highlights: May 9th – 15th

by Scott Edward Walker on May 16th, 2011

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting blog posts, articles and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship and startups, M&A and legal issues.  If you missed this past 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.  Thanks, Scott

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VC Term Sheets – Board Control

by Scott Edward Walker on March 24th, 2011

Introduction

This post originally appeared as part of the “Ask the Attorney” column I am writing for VentureBeat.  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version, which is part of my ongoing series on venture capital term sheets.  Here are the issues I have addressed to date:

Today’s post relates to the composition of the Board of Directors and specifically addresses the issue of who should control the Board following a Series A financing.

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VC Term Sheets – Dividends

by Scott Edward Walker on March 3rd, 2011

Introduction

This post originally appeared as part of the “Ask the Attorney” series I am writing for VentureBeat.  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version, which is part of my series on venture capital term sheets.  Here are the issues I have addressed to date:

Today’s post relates to dividends and how to protect the company from over-reaching by the investors.

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What Is a Price-Based Antidilution Adjustment?

by Scott Edward Walker on February 17th, 2011

Introduction

This post originally appeared as part of the “Ask the Attorney” series I am writing for VentureBeat.  Below is a longer version.  Please shoot me any questions in the comments section or, if you prefer confidentiality, via email at swalker@walkercorporatelaw.com.

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What Are Exploding Term Sheets and No-Shop Provisions?

by Scott Edward Walker on February 9th, 2011

Introduction


This post originally appeared as part of the “Ask the Attorney” series I am writing for VentureBeat.  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions in the comments section or, if you prefer confidentiality, via email at swalker@walkercorporatelaw.com.

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How Do I Swim Safely in the VC’s Option Pool?

by Scott Edward Walker on September 15th, 2010

Introduction

This post was originally part of my weekly “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs).  Below is a longer, more comprehensive version.  Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section – or feel free to call me directly at 415-979-9998.  Many thanks, Scott

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Walker Twitter Highlights: September 5th – 11th

by Scott Edward Walker on September 12th, 2010

I’m using Twitter as a form of micro-blogging to share interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts relating to entrepreneurship, startup 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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Dear Entrepreneurs: Choose Your Own Legal Counsel

by Scott Edward Walker on September 8th, 2010

Introduction

The purpose of this post is expand upon my answer to the question on Quora:

“What should you do as a startup when a Bay Area VC insists that you use their expensive legal counsel?”

Mark Suster, a VC at GRP Partners, has also written and spoken about how he likes to “share” his legal counsel with the startup in which he is investing.  My advice to entrepreneurs is clear: push back hard on this issue and choose your own strong, independent legal counsel – i.e., a law firm that’s going to work hard to protect you and watch your back.

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Walker Twitter Highlights: March 14th – 20th

by Scott Edward Walker on March 21st, 2010

For those of you who missed this week’s Twitter updates, below you’ll find highlights of our top tweets.  If you would like to see all of our tweets (or if you would like to receive an RSS feed of them), you can do so here.

If you have any questions or comments with respect to any of the tweets below, please contact us through the comments section of this post.  Many thanks, Scott

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“Ask the Attorney” – Investment Bankers

by Scott Edward Walker on March 3rd, 2010

Introduction

This post is part of my weekly “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs).  As the VentureBeat Editor notes on the site: “Ask the Attorney is a new VentureBeat feature allowing start-up owners to get answers to their legal questions.”

I have two goals here: (i) to encourage entrepreneurs to ask law-related questions regardless of how basic they may be; and (ii) to provide helpful responses in plain English (as opposed to legalese).  Please give me your feedback in the comments section.  Many thanks, Scott

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