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Lawyers and Blacklines: A Framework




If you’ve raised money, borrowed venture debt, made a sale to a customer or sold your company – or, for that matter, negotiated any agreement whatsoever with a third party – then you’ve already encountered the proverbial “blackline”.  This term refers to an agreement format that reveals (or highlights) modifications to an earlier version (see […]

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Simplifying the Law: Could It Be That Simple?




It’s been a long time since I put up a post – chalk it up to a couple of very busy weeks.  I tried to shut off all electronics over the holidays and take a much needed mental hiatus.  I am now ready to get back to posting. As you know, my blog is about venture capital, […]

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Hiring the Right Start-Up Lawyer – No Posers Allowed!




If you are an entrepreneur or the founder of a start-up or emerging growth company, one of the most important decisions you will make is hiring the right lawyer.  Like all things in life, there are good lawyers and bad lawyers and telling the difference up front can be difficult.  The service they sell (advice) […]

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Is the Law Firm Business Model Changing?




I am writing this entry in reference to Jason Mendelson’s recent blog entry “Adam Smith – The Wealth of Lawyers.”  Jason argues that we are going to see the end of big law firms as we know it.  He references a recent op-ed piece from the Wall Street Journal that argues the same point.  Apparently, however, […]

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