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Friends and Family

Raising Startup Funds from Friends and Family

Raising funds from friends and family often seems like the logical first step for a new business to raise money. After all, you will be hard pressed to find an investor who is willing to shell out funds when your whole business is simply a couple motivated people with a great idea. However, accepting money from friends and family is not as straight forward as it may seem. This article discusses various options for structuring an investment from friends and family. Read more

California Securities Exemptions

Common California Securities Exemptions for Startups

When issuing “securities,” it is necessary to pay attention to state “blue sky” laws, in addition to federal securities laws. If you are relying on a federal exemption that does not preempt state laws, then you have to make sure that a state exemption applies to the debt or equity transaction as well. This article describes the common California securities exemptions that may apply to an early-stage startup. Read more

common federal securities exemption

Common Federal Securities Exemptions for Small Businesses

If you offer securities for sale, the federal securities laws require you to register the securities with the Securities Exchange Commission unless an exemption applies. But what are some of the common federal securities exemptions that may apply to your business as you start raising money or giving equity to your employees? Read more