Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

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

Startups Struggle to Adjust as Investment Frenzy Ends

Eliot Brown reported on the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal that, “Eighteen months ago, Beepi Inc. was rapidly expanding its online used-car business to 16 U.S. cities where people could buy cut-rate vehicles adorned with giant shiny bows. “Beepi doesn’t exist anymore. After burning through more than $120 million in capital, the startup… Continue Reading

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Some Local Food Growers Have to Get Creative to Find Land in Urban Areas

Hannah Covington reported on the front page of yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “With planting season looming and no place to sow her seeds, organic farmer Jessica Mutunga posted an earnest plea on a neighborhood social network: Can I use your yard? “After her recent move from Oregon, Mutunga looked forward to tapping into the… Continue Reading

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Startups Making Products From Food Waste

Washington Post writer Caitlin Dewey reported this week that, “Flour milled from discarded coffee fruit. Chips made from juice pulp. Vodka distilled from strawberries that nobody seems to want. “At one point not so long ago, such waste-based products were novelties for the Whole Foods set. But in the past three years, there’s been an explosion… Continue Reading

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Steve Case: Cities Who Don’t Mentor and Invest in Startups Do So at Their Own Peril

Des Moines Register writer Kevin Hardy reported this week that, “Last year, more than half of all the nation’s venture capital funneled to entrepreneurs in California, leaving startups in the other 49 states to fight over the remaining pot of cash. “Steve Case, who co-founded AOL in 1985, says that must change so cities in middle… Continue Reading

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Iowa Bill Puts Craft Liquor on Level Playing Field With Craft Beer, Wineries

Brianne Pfannenstiel and William Petroski reported in today’s Des Moines Register that, “A bill allowing Iowa’s craft liquor distillers to mix cocktails at their manufacturing facilities gained final legislative approval Monday, with both Democrats and Republicans praising the bill as a good step for economic development. “The issue has been under discussion in the Legislature… Continue Reading

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Equity Crowdfunding- New Opportunities, But Caution for Everyday Investors

Christopher Mims noted earlier this week at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “When Oculus VR sold to Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, some asked: What if the people who backed the virtual-reality startup two years earlier on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter had received shares instead of T-shirts or VR headsets? “They might have… Continue Reading

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Start-Up Technology Hubs: Wisconsin–Midwest Gain Recognition

Rebecca Carballo reported on Saturday at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online that, “Wisconsin is gaining some national media recognition in its quest to build a reputation as a hub for start-up technology companies. “The most recent splash of publicity came when a national report by TechNet and the Progressive Policy Institute announced its list of… Continue Reading

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Millennial Entrepreneurs- If Ventures Stall, Consider an M.B.A.

Kelsey Gee reported yesterday at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “Millennial entrepreneurs are starting to hear an unlikely piece of advice when their ventures stall: consider an M.B.A. “Graduate business programs from Columbia University in New York to University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School have spent millions of dollars building innovation centers and… Continue Reading

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New York City Sees Farm-to-Table Movement Merge With Condo Boom

Josh Barbanel reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “It was only a matter of time before the farm-to-table movement merged with the Brooklyn condominium boom. “On a large south-facing terrace on the eighth floor of 550 Vanderbilt Ave., an 18-story brick and concrete building near the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, crews… Continue Reading

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In U.S. Food Start-Up Scene, Granola is Popular

Kristen Leigh Painter reported in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune that, “The venture capital arm of General Mills is investing in Purely Elizabeth, a Boulder, Colo.-based maker of granola, oatmeal, muesli and cereal that uses more nutrient-rich ingredients than a typical bowl of grains. “The $3 million investment from General Mills’ 301 Inc. unit is Purely… Continue Reading

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