Join the New York Technology Council for Session 2 of 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 2 will discuss issues related to:
- Various sources of equity financing – friends and family, angels and venture capital firms (VCs)
- Most common ways of structuring equity financing
- The process of negotiating and closing an early-stage financing
- Bootstrapping and other strategies to avoid or postpone the need for equity financing
Doors open at 6 pm for networking and discussion starts at 6:20 pm.
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 #2
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.
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.
Jerrold Spiegel, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Jerrold B. Spiegel heads the Technology, eCommerce & Privacy Group, and is a member of the firm’s Publishing Group. He has advised clients involved with computer-based media and on-line services since 1985. His clients include online publishers, software developers and consultants, website developers and operators, video game and other mobile content providers and developers, online content providers, eCommerce companies as well as the more traditional advertising and promotion companies, commercial production companies, filmmakers, book producers and publishers, including magazine publishers. Mr. Spiegel is the author of numerous articles and publications including “Do We Have A Deal or Not? The Enforceability of Virtual Contracts”, Bloomberg Law Reports, “Legal Landmines” chapter in Web & New Media Pricing Guide, and “Covering Your Legal Bases” chapter in Buying Web Services: The Survival Guide to Outsourcing. He is a member of the NY Metro board of advisors of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and a founding member of Cleantech Corridor, a not for profit organization dedicated to growing the Cleantech Industry in the New York Metropolitan area. He is a cum laude graduate of the NYU School of Law. He has been selected as a New York-area “Super Lawyer” for Business/Corporate work by Law and Politics magazine.
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NY Tech Alliance
The mission of the NY Tech Alliance is to represent, inspire, support, and help lead the New York technology community and ecosystem to create a better future for all. Created through the merger of NY Tech Meetup and the New York Technology Council, the organization has over 60,000 individual and institutional members, reflecting the full spectrum of the greater New York area tech community and making it the largest tech organization in the region. Led by CEO Jessica Lawrence Quinn and President Erik Grimmelmann, and Chaired by Andrew Rasiej, the NY Tech Alliance continues the work of its predecessor organizations, hosts a monthly Meetup at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium as well as educational and social events, and continues to focus programming and advocacy efforts on issues important to the technology sector and New York.