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Business Law Dumbed Down — Formation Issues: Entity Choice; Venue; Capitalization; Other Out-of-the-Gate Issues

Forming a legal entity, if for no other reason to shield one’s personal assets from being at wholesale risk for the liabilities of one’s business, is critical. The question in nearly every case is not if an entity should be formed, but what type of entity should be formed.


Start-Up Business

Start-Up Business: Essential Tips from Experts and Entrepreneurs

GREAT COMPANIES FAIL for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with their products or services. Coming up with a great idea is difficult; turning that idea into a business is even harder. We consulted members of the Financial Poise Faculty—each a professional advisor or successful entrepreneur—to discuss what it takes to start a business and get it off of the ground.


Early Investor

The Risks of Being an Early Investor Pebble: One Company, Many Lessons

Pebble raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter in 2012—a record at the time—far exceeding its $100,000 goal. Early on, Pebble seemed like a classic success story. The watch did what the company said it would: it worked well with both the iPhone and Android smartphones, it had a long battery life, and it had customizable watch faces. It was inexpensive, to boot. Intel, at one point, reportedly offered to buy Pebble for $70 million; Citizen offered $740 million.


How to Protect Your Ideas and Intellectual Property 

Follow these Life Hack tips that explain how to protect your idea and intellectual property from thieves. It could save you millions of dollars down the line:


More Venting About the ‘Democratizing’ of Investing

I believe, in fact, that someone heavily invested in the public equity markets (whether directly through stocks or through stock mutual funds) and other widely traded or held asset classes may be irresponsible for not investing in startups. This is because the concept of diversification is commonly misunderstood to mean that as long as you invest in a broad array of stocks you will be well diversified.


Southeastern U.S. Could Be the Best Place for Business Startups

The Southeast has a strong ecosystem, lower costs, underestimated value and most importantly, talent acquisition.


The Coming Startup Crash?

My point here is simple: when stupid idea after stupid idea attracts investors, it’s a forward indication that a market is too frothy. When a market sees repeated examples of industry participants making things up, it’s a forward indication that a market has become dangerous.


5 More Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Starting a Company 

Here are five mistakes that entrepreneurs should avoid when starting their own company. The more you know about them, the less of a chance you make them.


Has the Startup Scene Jumped the Shark?

You should like your entrepreneurs to be a bit more seasoned, at least in their chosen space. The statistics don’t lie: most startups fail. Indeed, most VC-backed businesses also fail. Today’s startup scene has jumped the shark.


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5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Starting a Company  

Nine out of every 10 startups fail. That’s the bleak truth. Here are five mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid when starting their own company — the more you know about them, the less of a chance you make them.


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