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Compliance For Startups

Learn how to keep your startup in good standing with state and federal officials, from incorporation to hiring employees to raising your first priced round from VCs. Startups must comply with strict rules from the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) when they issue equity to employees and investors. Failure to keep your startup company compliant with these regulations can cause you to face fines and prevent your company from passing due diligence when trying to raise funds in the future.

How to Get an EIN

Once you incorporate your company, you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN). It’s essential for hiring employees, filing taxes, and opening a bank account for your company.

Bryce Warnesby Bryce Warnes • 7 min read

How Do Startups Typically Allocate Shares?

Learn how many shares you should authorize at the outset of your company, how to price them, and how to allocate them between founders, advisors, employees and contractors.

Bryce Warnesby Bryce Warnes • 7 min read

When Do I Need a 409a Valuation?

You don't need a 409a in order to distribute co-founder shares—but you'll need one eventually.

Bryce Warnesby Bryce Warnes • 7 min read
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Why You Should File Your Section 83 (b) Election

Learn why you should file your 83 (b) election when purchasing your founders shares in your startup. Topics covered include tax implications, filing deadlines, and the process to complete the 83(b) election filing with the IRS.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 5 min read

Why Do Startups Incorporate In Delaware?

Learn why most startups choose to incorporate in Delaware as Delaware corporations. Investors and founders prefer to incorporate in Delaware for many reasons. Learn about how to do a Delaware name search to check with the Delaware secretary of state to see if your company's name is already registered in Delaware.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 6 min read

Why and How Do You Maintain Your Startup's Corporate Minutes?

Minutes are an official log of decisions taken by a startup’s board of directors at board meetings. Failure to keep accurate minutes of board meetings may cause a company and board members to face legal problems in the future.

Nancy Thankiby Nancy Thanki • 3 min read

Who Do I Need on My Advisory Board?

Learn more about how advisors can help your startup. We cover typical advisory agreements, common share grants and how to get the most out of your relationship with your advisors.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read

When Should My Startup Incorporate?

If you're focused on growing your business quickly and attracting venture capital, you should incorporate soon.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 5 min read

What is a 409A Valuation? Startup Stock Valuation Explained

409A valuations are independent appraisals of a startup's common stock. Startups should use an independent, outside valuation firm to get a 409A valuation before offering stock options to employees to avoid fines and legal issues with the IRS.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 9 min read

What Amazon Laws Mean for Startups

Understanding "Amazon Laws" (aka on-line sales nexus limits) and the tax obligations they may trigger for your startup.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 4 min read

Registering Your Startup to Do Business in New York

Is your company doing business in New York? Get an easy-to-follow explanation about what forms you’ll need, information about registration fees, filing deadlines, naming requirements, and more.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read

Registering your Delaware C Corporation to do Business as a Foreign Corporation

Running a remote team? Hiring full-time employees in multiple US states? Chances are your startup will need to register your Delaware corporation to do business as a foreign corporation.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read

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