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This article presents a discussion of how ownership can be distributed in a company, first considering equity allocation when starting a company and then examining the amount and effect of dilution that might be caused by accepting outside financing.
This tool features lists of sample key questions to ask and to avoid in an interview, a form for taking notes as you interview each potential employee, and a matrix to help you objectively compare candidates.
This tool will help you prepare answers to an investor's due diligence questions.
This tool will help you develop a Marketing Map for marketing your product or service.
This tool will help you identify current networking activity, assess its effectiveness, and identify groups that can expand and build your business network.
This resource provides a detailed overview of option pool management from the entrepreneur's perspective.
This tool will help you and your attorney outline the key elements of a mutual value proposition as well as anticipate and address questions that will likely be posed by prospective partners.
Use this tool to set new prices or evaluate existing prices on products and services.
This is a sample term sheet for a Series B round of financing.
When identifying an appropriate legal form of business, most often entrepreneurs consider these factors—control, taxes, liability, transferability of ownership, longevity of the business, and raising capital. The key is to identify the legal structure that best meets your needs and the needs of your business.
In an ideal world, you would select a legal form of business, understanding every legal and tax implication. The reality is that you must rely on the advice of attorneys and accountants to help you make this decision. They can anticipate your concerns based on their experience and on information you provide. Still, the legal structure of the business is your decision to make and live with.
The six legal forms of doing business are:
This article will delve deeper into the characteristics, advantages, and disadvantages of each structure.
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