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DFS Summer Legislative Updates
July 21, 2017  |  By Kevin Vela

It’s been a busy summer for state legislatures and a hopeful summer for DFS players. So far, 28 states have considered fantasy sports as part of their 2017 legislative agenda. At Vela Wood, we keep track of these developments and … Read More

Venture Deals Review Ch. 2: Raising Money & Pitch Decks
July 18, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Chapter 2: How to Raise Money and discuss how to determine how much money to raise, how to prepare a pitch deck, whether or not you need a PPM, four key roles of a lead investor, and first practical steps after deciding to raise money.  Read More

Startup Starter Pack
July 17, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

Whether you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a game-changing idea or just a dedicated Silicon Valley viewer who just wants to understand the ups and downs of Pied Piper, we’ve got resources to help you get there. Read More

Venture Deals Review Ch. 1: VC’s Non-Monetary Value, Friends/Family Financing Issues & SEC Advisor Success Fees Rules
July 11, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Chapter 1: The Players and discuss the non-monetary value your VC should provide, issues with Friends and Family financing, how the angel investor ecosystem has evolved, and how paying advisors success fees can violate SEC laws. Read More

Three Things with Mark Clayton & Jason Fox
June 30, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron interview two clients who are former NFL players turned entrepreneurs – Mark Clayton, founder of LIVV Headphones, and Jason Fox, founder of EarBuds Music. They discuss life as an athlete v. life as an entrepreneur, unexpected setbacks, the key factor that leads to success, and how much you should spend on hiring web developers. Read More

How much equity should I grant to advisors?
June 29, 2017  |  By Kevin Vela

Note: issuing stock grants or stock options carries important tax considerations; I’m going to ignore those for now to make this article at least somewhat interesting – but you MUST consult with your attorney and tax advisors before issuing any … Read More

Silicon Valley Review S4, Ep38: Employee Handbooks & Terminating Employees
June 26, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Season 4, Episode 38: Server Error and discuss legal and practical reasons for maintaining an employee handbook, distinguishing between policy and discrimination when terminating an employee, best practices for transitioning out employees, and more.  Read More

Silicon Valley Review S4, Ep37: A CEO’s Self-Destruction
June 22, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Season 4, Episode 37: Hooli-Con and discuss Richard’s negative patterns of behavior as the CEO of Pied Piper as well as the viability of Keenan Feldspar’s company’s acquisition price.  Read More

Silicon Valley Review S4, Ep36: Key Man Insurance v. Key Holder Clauses
June 16, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Season 4, Episode 36: The Keenan Vortex and discuss the difference between key man insurance and key holder clauses, using another company’s IP, and how often venture deals blow up. Read More

What a month in Croatia taught me about entrepreneurship in the U.S.
June 8, 2017  |  By Nikki Dabney

They say travel changes you. But you can travel the entire world and never actually change. To be impacted by travel, you have to travel intentionally – you have to engage people, explore places, and embrace ideas. Thanks to GlobeKick … Read More

Silicon Valley Review S4, Ep35: Did Bream Hall & Erlich Violate SEC Securities Regulation Laws?
June 6, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Season 4, Episode 35: The Patent Troll and discuss the legality of Bream Hall paying Erlich a finder’s fee and the differences between finders and broker-dealers. They also dive into the pros and cons of hiring an attorney to negotiate a demand letter as well as the three acts that govern investment activity. Read More

Silicon Valley Review S4, Ep34: Beta Testing Best Practices & Incubators v. Accelerators
June 2, 2017  |  By Vela Wood

In this episode, Kevin and Aaron review Season 4, Episode 34: Customer Service and discuss beta testing best practices and the difference between incubators and accelerators. Read More

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