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I am an attorney who occasionally advises startup companies. I found this book to be very accurate, and the topics are readily accessible. It is written in a very readable format, which I would have not thought possible given the rather complex topics. This book would be helpful to not only attorneys such as myself who can use a reference guide, but also for new business owners who have a great idea for a company and need some help with how to move forward. I recommend this book highly.
This is a great resource for anyone interested in business, finance, law, or anyone who just wants to get up to speed on terminology thrown around casually on shows like Silicon Valley.
I am a practicing lawyer that does business formations, and I love this book, because it is full of real life anecdotes and examples of common situations- and they are written in a way that a student or one my my clients could understand. The examples are also modern and involve companies we know about.
The book has a very wide breadth, and I wish the ToC was available to preview because it would show that it is not necessarily the type of book you read front to back. I view it as an issue-spotting resource manual for many different areas involved in launching a new company. The book is entitled "startup law and fundraising" but there is just a lot of good information in here that is generally applicable to business formation and operations. Personally, it brought me up to speed on a number of topics I thought I was well versed in, but for which Swegle raised issues I had not considered.
Best of all, however, is that Swegle offers checklists, formulas, and guides to help tackle the issues he raises.
I'll also mention that if you like this book, you might want to look at Swegle's other book: Contract Drafting and Negotiation for Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DM3J7B2/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1
This is a must have book for every business start up. It is chock full of practical, immediately actionable information written in an easy to understand and entertaining voice that provides both specific requirements of business law and concrete examples to make the law easy to understand.
What is more, it is very well organized. You don't have to read the entire book - although you should. But, if you have a question about a particular issue, the table of contents provides an amazingly detailed road map that allows you to immediately drill down on about any question you might have. Also, the book provides countless references and resources that allow the reader to take the information in the book and build on it, ranging from citations to federal law to government web sites.
Whether you are a tech company or setting up a brick-and-mortar operation, this book should be your bible. And best yet, it is actually *interesting* to read. The author does a great job of infusing well placed humor with the book's lessons. I would buy it again.
I found Startup Law and Fundraising very helpful and informative. This book is an excellent resource for understanding the complex workings of corporate law and finance. The author, Paul Swegle, does an outstanding job of breaking down the ins-and-outs of venture capital finance, as well as potential pitfalls for companies (both potential legal and business obstacles). He also does it in such an accessible way - it really is an easy read for such a comprehensive approach. Also, the organization of the book makes it easy to pick and choose what chapters/topics are most relevant to you.
Also, law students would also be well-advised to pick up a copy! The in-depth coverage will definitely assist with acing law school classes on business entities, intellectual property, securities regulation, and others.
Paul has written a very readable and thoroughly comprehensive book for start-up advisors and entrepreneurs covering the aspects of the legal, regulatory, and fundraising environment in this vibrant area business formation. Topics include business entity selection; structuring and managing key relationships; intellectual property; and the many legal and regulatory requirements. Among the many highpoints of the book are Paul's use of case studies to highlight fundamental start-up issues.
Swegle has a knack for writing straightforward, informative, and understandable text that doesn’t waste words, even in sharing the vast array of war stories he gained primarily from the mistakes of un-or ill-advised businesspeople and sometimes their advisors. A wide swath of readers can benefit from using this resource as their bible. Entrepreneurs, from the inception of the big idea to its execution and pay-off, are exposed to the vast array of regulatory and practical issues they must navigate to protect their interests and ideas and avoid expensive mistakes. Lawyers and other startup advisors matter too in navigating the thicket of startup pitfalls, and the book is suitable for every stage of training from fledgling law student to the savvy practitioner seeking an A to Z reference guide. It’s a road map packed full of lessons, pitfalls, and practical advice, as well as respect for the entrepreneurial spirit.
Even though this is an area outside my expertise, I found the book enjoyable and understandable, especially the 51 case studies that added relevant and hard-hitting real world examples. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about how to start a business on the right footing. The writing is plain English; I was surprised how easy this law book was to read.
As the CEO of a small startup firm, I find the topics in this book to be uniquely comprehensive and on target for key issues which arise during the formation, launch and fundraising phases of a start up company. The author offers key insights into classic problems in these areas and meaningful and workable mitigations to avoid these business and finance issues. I recommend this book highly for anyone involved in advisorship, management, finance or legal affairs for a startup business.
I found this book to be very accurate, and the topics are readily accessible. It is written in a very readable format, which I would have not thought possible given the rather complex topics. This book would be helpful to not only attorneys such as myself who can use a reference guide, but also for new business owners who have a great idea for a company and need some help with how to move forward. I recommend this book highly.
My likes are the practical tips on a range of issues facing startups such as selecting, forming, and governing the appropriate legal entity as related to taxes, equity compensation, control, asset protection, and comparative vulnerability to lawsuits in different jurisdictions. There was also useful information on common employment law issues and helpful contract provisions. Much of the information validated my own experiences, forty years into my career as a corporate lawyer for both new and established companies, but much more shed new perspective on issues I thought I had largely figured out. I purchased the book for the entertainment value, but as the author's earlier primer on contracts does, this work provides a useful checklist on common and sometimes not so common legal and business issues. It is a good place to start on this hot topic. One criticism might be the lack of scholarly annotations, for those who might wish to have a look at source materials but I personally find the practical information based on the author's experience advising startups more useful, and the author convincingly explains in the book why he chose to omit them. Overall, this is a useful contribution to the literature on startups.
As a startup founder, raising funds for your business can be incredibly challenging. There’s a ton of information to absorb and fundraising trends are always evolving. Oftentimes, your otherwise great lawyer is only familiar with the intricacies of financing a business at a high-level which can put you in a less than ideal position in the future.
Startup Law and Fundraising is the book a founder needs by their side going through the fundraising process. You can read it cover to cover to familiarize yourself with financing a business from bootstrapping through IPO or use it as a reference for the specific stage of funding you are working on.
Right now, I’m raising additional funds for my startup to finance a pivot as a result of COVID. As a founder, it’s an easy trap to focus on the funding round right in front of you. This can cause big headaches down the road when you are working on a future round of financing because it’s easy to turn off investors with complex or non-traditional funding mechanisms.
Paul Swegle reminds us to practice KISS: “keep it simple stupid” when funding our startups. And his book walks us through in detail how to do it!