When a piece of software or an online service is your
company's most valuable asset, it's obviously crucial to
stay on top of the latest cybersecurity threats. The Federal Trade
Commission is here to help, and a recent FTC event highlighted the
importance of combating ransomware, in which a hacker holds your
company's data hostage for a cash payment. Check out this blog
post from our own Reed Freedman and Joseph Jerome for a summary of
the issue, and be sure to click through to links in the post for
You might spend hundreds of hours getting a sense of your
favorite VCs' interests and preferences, but don't forget
that your potential investors have investors of their own! The more
you can learn about a VC's fund, the more prepared you'll
be when connecting, so remember the tips in this piece from a
fellow entrepreneur. (And don't forget to make sure your VC
actually exists! Here's a bonus link to a cautionary tale from the always
awesome Dan Primack.)
Valuations are a crucial and nebulous component of every
startup's lifecycle—whether you're at the earliest
stages or working on a financing round—you'll always need
to consider both the fair market value of your shares and the
premium an investor is willing to pay for them. Determining either
number is said to be more art than science, but this piece from
AlleyWatch breaks down the most common methods.
As you've probably heard, the federal rules for equity
crowdfunding went into full effect earlier this year, allowing
private startups to offer their stock online to the general public.
Some say the concept is too heavily regulated to be worthwhile for
companies, but could that change as consumers' investing habits
evolve? Equity crowdfunding platform CEOs are betting on it, and
here's a great perspective from one of them via
Startups are disruptive by nature, but a penchant for
rule-bending doesn't mean you should improvise your regulatory
strategy. If you're in a highly regulated sector, take some
tips from these TechCrunch panelists and err on the side
of being over prepared. (Your lawyer would probably love to
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The SEC recently proposed new Rule 206(4)-4 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, which would require registered investment advisers to adopt and implement business continuity and transition plans.
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