ryan roberts

I’m a big fan of attorney Ryan Roberts and his StartUp Lawyer blog, and just couldn’t resist the title of his recent post, “Saks Does Not Take Restricted Stock.” He touches on the need to uncover the tolerance level of your business partner’s spouse/significant other for the uncertain time of sacrifice ahead. It’s similar to […]

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In his post, “Startup Founder Equity Splits,” Ryan Roberts touches on an age-old dilemma faced by many beginning entrepreneurs: “how much equity should I give to the other founders to provide me with money, contacts, or other benefits in getting my brainchild of the ground?” It’s a dilemma because many entrepreneurs want to control the […]

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This tragic story of insufficient planning is just another example from the Department of Not-Beginning-With-The-End-In-Mind. So many entrepreneurs get all “over the moon” about getting launched and off the ground that they ignore thoughts about their exit strategy. What do they want to get out of the business? How will they exit? Will they sell the […]

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Whether it’s Sun Tzu or The Godfather, the admonition to “keep your friends close and your enemies closer,” certainly applies to business partnerships, as Ryan Roberts pointed out in his StartUp Lawyer blog.  In fact, you might want to keep your friends e-v-e-n closer when you choose to go into business with them. When you […]

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Entrepreneurs often ask me to createthe “perfect one-page agreement.” Maybe they expect partnership agreements to be 3 pages . . . maybe 5 . . . but the expectation is that shorter is better. It ain’t. Ryan Roberts, The StartUp Lawyer, makes this excellent point in his post about agreements-in-brief: “[I]f a multiple-owner corporation’s bylaws […]

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