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      August 8, 2013

      Thursday   6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      3975 Freedom Circle
      Santa Clara, California 95054

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      Legal Issues for Launching a Startup

      IIT Mentors Program Presents:

      Legal Issues for Launching a Startup

      Thursday August 8, 2013, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

       TiE Silicon Valley, Boardroom

      2903 Bunker Hill Lane Suite #150 

      Santa Clara, CA 95054


      Space limited to 20 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out.

      See the Attendee List at the bottom of the page

      Program Details

      After putting the founding team together, every entrepreneur has a whole slew of issues to deal with. These include determining the type of corporation that should be set up, number of shares to issue, diving up the shares among the founders, hiring employees, compensation package for the employees, founder and employee agreements, dealing with investors, raising money and protecting intellectual property from past employers. Answers to these questions and others listed below are critical for survival and longer term viability of the enterprise. 

      • Decide which type of business entity to form, e.g., LLC, LLP, C-Corporation, S - Corporation?
      • What are tax implications of business entities?
      • Where (which state) do you want to form your business entity?
      • After establishing your business entity, what do you need to do to be in compliance?
      • What should you do to protect your IP from third parties and former employers?
      • Should you trademark your company name & products with US Trademark Office or your State Trademark Office?
      • Should you file patents now when you have no money or wait until your company is established? Should you file patents for business methods? Should you use trade secrets instead of patents?
      • How many shares to authorize? How should you split between co-founders?
      • How to build a secure and long lasting founding team? How to protect your venture from a “rogue” founder?
      • How do you work with third parties like potential advisors, consultants, investors? When is it appropriate or necessary to obtain NDAs and other written agreements?
      • What are important issues regarding the first key employees? Should you hire them right away? Should they be employees or contractors? How should you decide how much stock to allocate to them?
      • What kind of a vesting schedule should be set up? What kinds of clauses should you have in the stock agreement?
      • How kinds of valuation should be expected? What are the valuation criteria?
      • What kind of dilution should be expected over funding rounds? What percentage of the company does a co-founder expect to own after each round of funding?
      • Who controls the company once you accept VC funding?

      If you are grappling with some of these legal questions, then this session is for you. Please join Attorney Anil Advani for an informative interactive session.

      Program Summary

      • 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Registration, networking, Chai and Samosa
      • 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM Presentation
      • 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM Questions & Answers



      Anil Advani, Managing Partner - Inventus Law



      Anil Advani specializes in the representation of early stage startup companies, venture funds, institutional angel investors and many prominent angel investors in silicon-valley and India. In the last 12 years practicing law in Silicon Valley, Mr. Advani has represented more than 900 startup companies, been involved in almost 200 venture financing and M&A transactions valued at over $1 billion in aggregate, and has worked with numerous founders, venture capital investors, angel investors, and venture lending and leasing sources on issues relating to formation, founder issues, consulting and advisory arrangements, capital structuring, angel financings, venture financings, debt financings, leasing, strategic licensing and customer arrangements, and mergers and acquisitions. He also has an active practice representing India-focused public companies, investment banks, financial institutions and venture funds on acquisitions, financings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.

      Prior to starting Inventus Law in 2009, Mr. Advani was Of Counsel and Head of India Practice in the Menlo Park offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Before joining Orrick, he was General Counsel and Vice President of SemIndia, a pioneering effort to establish semiconductor manufacturing in India. In that role, he was responsible for coordinating with the Government of India in formulating a comprehensive semiconductor policy for India as well as with the State of Andhra Pradesh in structuring Fab City in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Prior to joining SemIndia, Mr. Advani was a Senior Associate in the Silicon Valley offices of Cooley Godward where his practice focused on representing emerging companies and the venture funds and banks that finance those companies. Mr. Advani began his legal career as an attorney in India where he practiced for a number of years at the High Court of Delhi. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York and India.

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