Funding & Capital Raising
The Unintended Consequences of Too Many New Venture Funds

Venture capital activity is hotter than ever, which has led to more available capital and fueled the growth of many exciting companies.  From 2020 to 2021, the aggregate deal value of VC investments in the U.S. increased from $167B to […]


Funding & Capital Raising
Let’s All Use Lego® Bricks. 

Venture financing rounds need to be constructed so that they can stack neatly on top of each other. Angel on top of Friends & Family, Series Seed on top of Angel, Series A on top of Series Seed, Series B on top of Series A, and so on.


Funding & Capital Raising
Series A is Closed. Now what?

There are a number of post-funding boxes to check off and the purpose of this blog is to give founders a starting point for next steps after completing a Series A financing.


Crowdfunding
Equity Crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding is a way for private businesses to raise capital from multiple investors via online platforms.


Funding & Capital Raising
SEC Amends 506(c) Accredited Investor Verification

One of the recent SEC amendments updated the accredited investor verification requirements under Rule 506(c), which is a common federal exemption utilized by startups to broadly solicit capital from accredited investors.


Funding & Capital Raising
SEC Amendments Positively Impact Capital Formation For Emerging Companies

On November 2, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to amend the existing regulations and those rules went into effect on March 15, 2021. The SEC amendments change the landscape for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital through exempt offerings.


Funding & Capital Raising
The Critical Role that Accelerators Play in Venture Financing

Seed capital provided by accelerators must be provided to startups with great care. Here are three ways accelerators can avoid causing long-lasting negative ramifications for startups.


Fantasy Sports & Gaming
Texas DFS Bill – H.B. 393

H.B. 393 seeks to legalize fantasy sports contests by amending the Texas Penal Code’s definition of “bet” to exclude prizes or awards won in a fantasy sports contest. The language is mostly consistent carve-out language but there are two key additions which could have a material effect on contests currently being offered in the state.


Fantasy Sports & Gaming
Texas Sports Betting Bill – H.B. 1121

A recent bill authorized by Representative Harold Dutton of Houston on January 12, 2021 seeks to legalize sports betting in Texas. The bill aims to allow authorized permit holders to offer sports betting through their designated electronic platforms.


Fantasy Sports & Gaming
IRS States That DFS Operators Are Liable For Excise Tax

A recent IRS Internal Memorandum has ruled that DFS operators must pay federal excise taxes on entry fees, a viewpoint that, if enforced, could have widespread effects on the fantasy industry.