Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

Topics that may be of interest to new companies or individuals/entities that finance them.

Foreign Health-Care Investments by Chinese Venture-Capital Reached a Record Last Year

Wall Street Journal writers Jonathan D. Rockoff and Preetika Rana reported recently that, “Fledgling biotechs and medical-technology startups in the U.S. and Europe have found a new source of funding for their costly research: China. “Foreign health-care investments by Chinese venture-capital and private-equity firms reached a record $3.5 billion last year, up from $500 million four… Continue Reading

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Deere is Suing AGCO Corp. Over Precision Agriculture Gadgets

Bloomberg writers Lydia Mulvany, Susan Decker, and Christopher Yasiejko reported yesterday that, “An obscure-sounding legal battle between two of the biggest farm-machinery makers is highlighting a race to automate farm work. “Deere & Co., the world’s biggest tractor maker, is suing rival AGCO Corp. over gadgets like seed meters and hoppers that attach to planting machines…. Continue Reading

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To Save Their Livelihoods, Many Dairy Farms Have Started Breweries

New York Times writer Joshua M. Bernstein reported this week that, “Every day since 1938, farmhands at the 1,000-acre Carter & Stevens Farm, in central Massachusetts, have milked cows in the morning and afternoon. The same family has overseen operations for five generations. A sixth seemed uncertain. “‘We’re at a historic low nationwide in terms… Continue Reading

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Purdue Ag-celerator Invests $100,000 in Two Plant Science Startups

A recent news release from Purdue University stated that, “The Purdue Ag-celerator Fund has invested a total of $100,000 in two plant science startups for the spring round of investments. The recipients are JUA Technologies International LLC, a startup building multipurpose crop dehydrators, and ZeaVaxx LLC, a startup developing a plant-derived nanoparticle that can improve… Continue Reading

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Jumia, Africa’s Aspiring Alibaba

Wall Street Journal writer Matina Stevis-Gridneff reported last week that, “On safari for the rare African tech unicorn, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and other big-name investors think they have spotted a winner in Jumia, the continent’s aspiring Alibaba. “The online retailer, which launched in 2012 in Nigeria with the backing of German startup fund Rocket Internet… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit Combines Urban Farming and Jobs for Ex-Offenders

New York Times writer Patricia Leigh Brown reported earlier this month that, “Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel. “The green thumbs are there… Continue Reading

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Fewer, But Bigger Fundraisings in Tech Startups

Wall Street Journal writer Jacky Wong reported late last week that, “Masayoshi Son is at it again: Not content with one $100 billion tech fund, the SoftBank founder this week said it’s ‘just a matter of time’ before he launches another. “If and when that happens, it’s likely to widen the gap between the haves and have-nots… Continue Reading

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Startup Takes on Google

Wall Street Journal writer John D. McKinnon reported earlier this week that, “For every link you click, every photo you post, every word you search, somebody markets the data to advertisers seeking to target you. Consumer data is a valuable commodity, and that is one reason Google, Facebook and others let you use their platforms… Continue Reading

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gener8tor -Expanding its Programming in the Midwest

Sarah Hauer reported last week at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online that, “Not long ago, privately held companies with valuations of more than $1 billion were so rare, they took on almost mythical connotations. Hence, they became known as unicorns. “However, in recent years, those unicorns have become more prevalent, according to CBInsights, which tracks… Continue Reading

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Malting Startups in Nebraska Working With Barley Growers

Paul Hammel reported last week at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “Like the pioneers of old, Zach Davy and his business partner, Bill Hall, are stepping into virgin territory in Nebraska. “And they are discovering that in plowing new ground, you hit a few stumps. “In an out-of-the-way warehouse off Interstate 80 in Omaha, the… Continue Reading

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