Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

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

Europe has Surpassed the U.S. in Backing Ag-focused Startups

In an update posted today at The Wall Street Journal Online, Christopher Zinsli noted that, “After some ups and downs last year, global investment in agricultural technologies is back on track. “World-wide venture investment in the sector surpassed $684.8 million across at least 74 rounds through Aug. 6, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. This puts the… Continue Reading

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Chinese Venture Capital Funding into American Technologies Continues at Record Pace

Wall Street Journal writers Kate O’Keeffe and Eliot Brown reported earlier this month that, “Tighter national security reviews have curbed Chinese deal-making in the U.S., but a new study shows China is pouring money into cutting-edge American technologies at a record pace this year through loosely regulated venture capital investments. “Chinese foreign-direct investment into the U.S.,… Continue Reading

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Texas Congressman: State Tax Policy Driving Startups to the Lone Star State

Jade Scipioni reported recently at Fox Business Online that, “Entrepreneurs are ditching Silicon Valley and heading south to Texas instead to launch their startups, according to a congressman from the Lone Star State. “Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo [July 19th] that the Texas is seeing an influx of new companies recently. “Among the… Continue Reading

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Startup Helps With Home Subscription Sales of Household Products

Wall Street Journal writers Rob Copeland and Sharon Terlep reported earlier this month that, “Colgate-Palmolive Co. is turning to an online startup to help it sell products like toothpaste through a home-subscription service, the latest experiment by a big household-products maker to cut out traditional retailers as sales shift online. “Colgate, which has been selling its… Continue Reading

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Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator Program Begins For Nine Startups

Kristen Leigh Painter reported yesterday at the Minneapolis Star Tribune Online that, “Work begins immediately for nine startup companies selected for the Farm to Fork Accelerator Program in St. Paul, Techstars announced Monday. “The participating startups, which come to Minnesota from Brazil, India and Canada and various U.S. states, will spend the next three months in… Continue Reading

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Startup That Produces Beef From Cattle Cells Receives $8.8 Million in Funding

Jacob Bunge reported today at The Wall Street Journal Online that, “German drugmaker Merck KGaA and a top European meat processor are backing a startup producing beef from cattle cells, ramping up a race to transform the global meat industry with cell-culture technology. “The $8.8 million investment in Netherlands-based Mosa Meat by Merck’s venture investing unit… Continue Reading

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Indoor Farming Startup Lands Amazon Veteran

Bloomberg writer Olivia Zaleski reported last week that, “Bowery Farming Inc., an agriculture startup that’s less than two years old, got a big boost last month when it poached Brian Donato, a veteran of Amazon’s automation efforts. “Donato will oversee Bowery’s indoor farm in Kearny, New Jersey, a forgotten industrial enclave once famous for building… Continue Reading

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Upstarts Advise Companies on Securities Offerings, Challenging Investment Banks

Wall Street Journal writers Maureen Farrell and Liz Hoffman reported last week that, “When Twitter Inc. was looking to raise $1 billion from investors earlier this month, it put out the usual calls to Wall Street banks. “The social-media company also called Vijay Culas, who works out of rented office space on a busy stretch of highway… Continue Reading

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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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