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.


Funding & Capital Raising
The Mechanics of Converting Convertible Notes

Convertible notes are a great tool for venture financing, however, the actual mechanics of converting convertible notes is not a simple task and requires great care.


Funding & Capital Raising
Understanding The New Post-Money Safe

While Y Combinator’s new Post-Money SAFE did simplify the process for calculating early-stage equity, it may become problematic under two scenarios.


Funding & Capital Raising
Keep Your Investors Updated (Part II)

A few years ago I wrote a blog about how important it is to keep your investors updated. That is as true today as it was then, but I want to highlight another benefit that I neglected to point out then: […]


Funding & Capital Raising
The Hidden Cost Of Accelerators

Accelerators are popping up all over the place. And I’m not sure that this is a good thing. Typically, an accelerator provides a little cash for a little equity, and some guidance or advisory services for a little more equity. Some […]