Legal Essentials for Startups
- Business & Professional
Join the New York Technology Council for a three-session program designed to assist principals of early-stage companies in establishing solid foundations for their entrepreneurial ventures. Attendees will gain the tools necessary to spot significant legal issues and pitfalls that could cause harm down the road, and ways to avoid or rectify these situations.
Each program will be delivered by a panel of attorneys with extensive experience in both the subject matter of the series and the operations and concerns of startups and emerging growth companies. These interactive sessions will be equally valuable for principals of existing companies and those intending to start companies. Session #1 will discuss issues related to:
Doors open at 6PM for networking and discussion starts at 6:20PM.
Session #2 – Financing the Entity – November 27
This session will address the various financing strategies available to startup companies, including friends and family, angel and venture capital financing, as well as bootstrapping and other ways to avoid or postpone the need for equity financing. We will consider the different ways of structuring and the process of negotiating and closing an early-stage financing.
Session #3 – Intellectual Property Protection – date to be announced
This session will address the fundamentals of patent, trademark, copyright and other forms of intellectual property (IP) protection and will focus on the necessary steps to ensure that the company establishes its rights in the IP created by its founders, employees and consultants and is able to protect its IP from infringement.
SPEAKERS FOR SESSION #1
Frode Jensen, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP
Frode Jensen is a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight. Over his career Frode has represented numerous entrepreneurs, managers and institutional and individual investors in startups, early stage companies and growth companies in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, communications, data collection, retailing and distribution, as well as numerous "old economy" industries. He is an honors graduate of Williams College and received his JD from Columbia Law School where he was a Stone Scholar.
Glen K. Westerback, Associate, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Glen K. Westerback is an associate in the Technology, eCommerce & Privacy Group and Corporate and Finance Group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. Mr. Westerback counsels clients on software, e-commerce and Internet issues, including matters related to classic Web-enabled commerce, privacy and data security, blogging and social networking, cloud computing, online advertising, and the development and licensing of websites, mobile apps, and other software and leading edge innovations.
Mr. Westerback also helps media, technology and other innovative companies organize and reorganize, structure entrepreneurial ventures, and access financing. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, marketing and distribution agreements, licensing of intellectual property, and services agreements, employment, and other corporate arrangements.Mr. Westerback currently edits “CyberLaw Currents” (www.cyberlawcurrents.com), a Frankfurt Kurnit blog about the law of doing business on the Internet.
Mr. Westerback is a graduate of The College of William & Mary (BA, magna cum laude, 2000) and Cornell Law School (JD, 2003.
Paul Ellis, Principal, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC
Paul Ellis is the principal of a six-lawyer firm, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC, and is a founding board member of the New York Technology Council (NYTECH) and leads NYTECH’s bi-monthly series of legal events. He has represented companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Mr. Ellis counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing, joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the software/internet/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products and entertainment. Previously, Mr. Ellis practiced with two major New York firms. He has extensive public speaking experience, having spoken on panels presented by organizations including the New York Academy of Sciences, Columbia University, the MIT Enterprise Forum and the National Science Foundation on the legal issues facing early-stage and technology companies. He holds degrees from Harvard University and Georgetown Law School.
The NEW YORK TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (NYTECH) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization comprised of individuals and companies who share a common interest in addressing challenges and opportunities for technology in New York.