Category Archives: Start-up Company Law

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

New Graduate: Set up my Start-up or Work for Somebody Else?

Earlier this month, Jonathan Black indicated in a column in The Financial Times that, “Students are being increasingly encouraged by universities and government to consider starting up their own business as a serious and viable career option. Incubators, accelerators and innovation centres are springing up in campuses, cities and science parks to support entrepreneurs and… Continue Reading

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Twitter Former CFO Joins Farming Startup Plenty

Selina Wang reported recently at Bloomberg that, “Twitter Inc.’s former chief financial officer has joined Plenty Inc. in that role as the indoor farming startup prepares for international expansion and improvements to its vertical growing technology. “Mike Gupta helped take Twitter public in 2013 and left for Docker Inc. two years later. Earlier, Gupta was… Continue Reading

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Some Real-Estate Startups Are Adjusting Their Business Models

Wall Street Journal writers Konrad Putzier and Eliot Brown reported last week that, “Five months after the co-working firm Bond Collective signed a 42,000-square-foot lease in a Brooklyn office building, the property’s owners flipped it for a hefty profit. “‘Hey, we can essentially do the same thing,’ Bond Collective founder Shlomo Silber recalled thinking after… Continue Reading

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Nebraska Lawmakers Seek to Expand Startup Program in the State

Paul Hammel reported yesterday at the Omaha World-Herald Online that, “Evan Luxon says his small but growing startup company would still be in San Francisco rather than Omaha but for an innovative eight-year-old state program that helps entrepreneurs. “The Nebraska Business Innovation Act, Luxon said, helped persuade him that he could relocate to his hometown… Continue Reading

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Food Start-Ups Focusing on Protein Sources

Earlier this week, Financial Times writer Nikou Asgari reported that, “Entrepreneurs and investors are increasingly focusing on algae as an alternative protein source to help feed a global population that the UN forecasts will rise from 7.7bn today to 9.7bn by 2050. “In the EU, the algae biomass sector is valued at €1.69bn and employs… Continue Reading

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Government Shutdown Showcased “Alternative Data” Platforms by Ag Startups

Financial Times writers Gregory Meyer and Emiko Terazono reported last week that, “The longest government shutdown in US history was a marketing bonanza for the ‘alternative data‘ industry, and nowhere more than in agricultural markets. “The closure of about a month, which lasted until late January, halted a stream of important reports from the US… Continue Reading

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Farmers Business Network Now Selling its Own Seeds

Bloomberg’s Elizabeth G Dunn reported earlier this week that, “Farmers don’t have a reputation for skewing to the political left, but just get them talking about seeds. At an expo center on the outskirts of Memphis one gray February day, several dozen of them make for a receptive audience as Charles Baron expounds over plates… Continue Reading

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Crowdsourced Delivery Company Roadie Raised $37 Million in New Funding

Wall Street Journal writer Erica E. Phillips reported this week that, “Crowdsourced delivery company Roadie Inc. has raised $37 million in new funding that includes investment from Home Depot Inc., boosting dollars available for marketing efforts with big retailers and for building out its technology. “The Atlanta-based startup has been providing same-day delivery services through its… Continue Reading

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Ag Startup Helps Provide Insight, Establish Market Price for Land

Bloomberg writer Alexandra Semenova reported today that, “Renting a farm can now be as easy as finding a vacation home. “Tillable, a website that connects landowners and growers, aims to bring transparency to the $32 billion U.S. farmland rental market. The startup, which offers digital leases to streamline rentals, is being backed by investors including The… Continue Reading

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Next Wave of ‘Unicorn’ Start-Ups Looking Very Different

New York Times writer Erin Griffith reported earlier this week that, “Technology start-ups worth $1 billion, once as rare as unicorns, are now plentiful enough and old enough that there’s a new generation behind them — one that looks very different. “Silicon Valley’s current crop of highly valued tech start-ups, which include now-household names like… Continue Reading

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