Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

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

An Airbnb For Farmland Hits A Snag

Last month, Dan Charles reported at National Public Radio (NPR) Online that, “Parker Smith grows corn and soybeans on land near Champaign, Ill., together with his father and uncle. But Smith Farms doesn’t own most of the land it uses. ‘About 75 percent of what we farm is rented ground,’ he says. “This is common…. Continue Reading

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Global Investment in Ag and Food Technology Fell Almost 5% in 2019

Financial Times writer Emiko Terazono reported last month that, “Global investment in agricultural and food technology fell almost 5 per cent in 2019, as funding for food delivery services declined sharply amid a wider pullback in the venture capital industry. “Total funding dipped to $19.8bn, according to a preliminary tally by AgFunder, an online food… Continue Reading

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Most Promising Startups Using Artificial Intelligence are U.S.-Based Companies

Bloomberg writer Susan Decker reported yesterday that, “The most promising startups using artificial intelligence are U.S.-based companies working in the fields of health care, retail and transportation, according to a study that looked at budding AI companies around the world. “Of the top 100 startups in AI, 65% were based in the U.S., though some… Continue Reading

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Deere Teaming Up with Startup Hello Tractor in Bid to Break Ground in Africa

Reuters News reported yesterday that, “It’s ride-hailing, farm style. Deere & Co. is teaming up with the ‘Uber of tractors’ in Africa and betting on a future where farmers summon machines with the touch of a button. “The world’s leading farm equipment maker is outfitting its tractors with startup Hello Tractor’s technology, which allows farmers… Continue Reading

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Alphabet’s X Forms Outside Partnership with Brooklyn Incubator

Financial Times writer Patrick McGee reported recently that, “X, the experimental lab of Google’s parent company Alphabet, is looking beyond Silicon Valley for its next big idea, forming a collaboration with New Lab, a start-up incubator in Brooklyn. “The heavily-lossmaking X, which describes itself as a ‘moonshots factory,’ is most famous for creating Waymo, the… Continue Reading

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Chinese Venture Capitalists are Retreating from Silicon Valley’s Start-Up Scene

Rebecca Fannin reported earlier this month at CNBC Online that, “San Jose-based virtual reality start-up uSens was ramping up quickly until late last year when issues over the U.S.-China tech cold war intervened, and the fast-charging company hit a dead end. “With patented computer vision technology for smart TVs, mobile devices and cars, an experienced… Continue Reading

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Iowa Start-Up is Revolutionizing the Seed Production Process

Megan Vollstedt reported late last month at Successful Farming (SF) Online that, “Commercial seed production is a 100-year-old system that hasn’t changed much. Now, one start-up is revolutionizing the process with technology that maximizes the potential in golden grains of pollen. “Iowa-based PowerPollen was founded in 2015 by agriculture industry professionals who formerly worked in… Continue Reading

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Scooter Companies Try to Transition from Cash-Hemorrhaging Startups to Profitable Businesses

Wall Street Journal writer Marc Vartabedian reported recently that, “Shared-electric-scooter startups have blazed into cities across the world over the past two years. Fueled by roughly $1.5 billion in venture capital, industry leaders Bird Rides Inc. and Lime raced to set up sprawling networks of scooter fleets that users can rent with an app. “Over… Continue Reading

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Acquisition Tactics Fall on a Spectrum- Companies Take Different Views on M&A Success

Andrew Hill indicated recently at The Financial Times Online that, “If there is one truism in mergers and acquisitions, it is this: the success of the deal depends on the success of the integration process. This, in itself, hinges on the fit between the two companies’ cultures ­— particularly with the dreaded ‘mergers of equals’… Continue Reading

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Entrepreneurs Connect Consumers with Surplus Produce

Hazel Sheffield reported recently at The Financial Times Online that, “For Tessa Clarke, food waste is personal. The co-founder of Olio, a food-sharing app, was raised on a farm in North Yorkshire where her parents put her to work as soon as she was old enough to carry a bucket. ‘My parents had no qualms… Continue Reading

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