The Difference Between an ISO and NSO

What is the difference between a Qualified Incentive Stock Option (ISO) and a Non-Qualified Stock Option (NSO)?  While the short answer is tax implications, the long answer can be very complicated.  The “qualification” refers to the special tax treatment that …

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Legal Issues with Crowdfunding

“Crowdfunding” has become a popular word in the world of startups.  What is crowdfunding and what legal issues might a new company face with crowdfunding? Crowdfunding allows startups to raise small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals.  …

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Use of Non-Disclosure Agreements

What is an NDA? While there are different forms of confidentiality agreements, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a contract between two or more parties that contains a specific restriction on disclosure of certain confidential material or information to third parties.  …

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Startup Advisors

Advisor versus Mentor A startup’s potential for success is increased with knowledgeable and experienced advisors and mentors.  What is the difference between the two?  Generally speaking, advisors focus on the company while mentors focus on the founder.  An advisor is …

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