What legal documentation do you need to start a company? On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, Carter will host a workshop reviewing the legal documentation that every startup needs to limit its liability to creditors, allocate ownership among founders, offer stock options to employees, protect intellectual property, and prepare to raise working capital. During the workshop, Carter will explain the purpose and function of the various documents and take questions.. This will be a nuts and bolts discussion for recent founders or potential founders. Our discussion will cover:
- Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws (with brief discussion of when an LLC might be preferred to c-corporation or s-corporation)
- Stock Ledger, Capitalization Table, Stock Certificates, and their related function.
- Shareholder Agreement (including discussion of voting agreements, rights of first refusal, co-sale agreements, drag-along, and other provisions often recommended for startups)
- Founder Restricted Stock, Stock Option Plans, warrants, and other methods for granting equity
- Founder and Employee Intellectual Property Agreements and Confidentiality Agreements
- Non-disclosure Agreements (used for potential business partners and investors)
- Consulting/Independent Contractor Agreements
- Convertible Notes and other seed round financing instruments such as Y Combinator SAFE (simple agreement for equity)
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Seattle Angel Conference
The Seattle Angel Conference is an investor-driven event bringing together startups and Angel Investors from the Northwest.