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Orrick Live! Incorporation / Organization

Episode 1: Incorporation/Organization
 30 min watch

You’re early in the startup journey – and face some questions with long-term implications. How should you structure the company? Allocate equity? Do you need to protect IP?

In this episode, Orrick's Aria Kashefi and John Bautista discuss:

  • Choosing a C Corp or LLC – and why in Delaware?
  • Structuring stock and equity ownership
  • Setting up a board of directors and adopting bylaws
  • Protecting IP
  • Accessing common forms and documents

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Orrick Live! Conversations: Incorporation/Organization

Episode 2: Coming to the U.S.A. – Flip Transactions
 27 min watch

Are you an international founder? Want to move to the U.S. or find investors, employees or advisors there?

Watch this episode to hear Orrick’s Aria Kashefi, John Bautista and Kaitlin Bagby discuss flip transactions, which move a company to the U.S. They cover:

  • Determining why and when to flip
  • Shaping the equity ownership and structure of the non-U.S. entity
  • Assessing tax risks
  • Investigating alternatives, such as setting up a U.S. subsidiary
  • Working with investors, board members and other interest holders

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Orrick Live! Conversations: Angel Round/Friends & Family FinancingAngel Round/Friends & Family Financing

Episode 3: Friends & Family/Angel Financing
 25 min watch

You’re raising money for a startup. Should you ask friends and family? Consider convertible-note financing? What other options do you have?

Tune in to hear Orrick’s Aria Kashefi and John Bautista cover these aspects of early-stage funding:

  • The difference between friends & family and angel financing
  • Benefits of using a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE)
  • Why founders might want to consider convertible notes
  • Corporate formalities that accompany SAFE or convertible-note financing
  • Pro rata rights, a.k.a. preemptive rights, participation rights or ROFOs (Rights of First Offer)

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Orrick Live! Conversations: Series X – Preferred Stock Funding (Part 1)

Episode 4: Series X – Preferred Stock Funding (Part 1)
 45 min watch

You're thinking about raising venture capital. When should you start the process? How do you identify potential investors? Prepare for a pitch

In the first of this two-part episode, Orrick's Aria Kashefi, John Bautista and Neel Lilani discuss what founders need to know about the VC funding process, including:

  • Finding and connecting with VC investors
  • Creating an effective pitch deck and preparing for a pitch
  • Choosing an investor
  • Negotiating term sheets
  • When to involve outside counsel

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