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Clearing Away Cloud Confusion; MBBP Team to Illuminate Intricacies of Buying and Selling Cloud Services 02/01/2016

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Lawyers for technology companies are increasingly asked to assess the risks of client companies shifting from standard sales and licenses to a cloud model, and lawyers for every company need to assess the pros and cons of receiving core technology as a service over the internet. On Wednesday February 3rd, at a NECCA (New England Corporate Counsel Association, Inc.) seminar  held at the Westin Waltham from 10:00 to noon, MBBP attorneys Howard Zaharoff, John Hession, Mark Tarallo and Faith Kasparian will address the complexities of cloud computing and offer guidance to in-house counsel and other professionals advising their clients on these critical issues.

Among the topics to be covered are understanding the legally relevant features of cloud computing, identifying the key contract issues, recognizing the terms a standard vendor contract should contain, and discovering the implications of  recent developments in data privacy, particularly in the EU, for companies that are purchasing or selling cloud services.

To explore these and many other aspects of this complex and rapidly -evolving subject, reserve your space for this important and edifying NECCA seminar. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

MBBP Attorney to Host Office Hours at TechSandBox 1/28/2016 01/22/2016

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Sean D. Detweiler (SDD)On  Thursday, January 28, MBBP Attorney Sean Detweiler will host Office Hours at TechSandBox to help answer your patent and strategy questions.

Office Hours provides access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales, funding, IT and technology commercialization. Sean will be available for one-on-one, 45 minute sessions from 1:00PM- 5:00PM. This event will be offered probono for TechSandBox members and to non-members as space allows.

Sign up today to reserve your time slot by visiting TechSandBox!

VC Event: Join Us For A Review of 2015 and A Look Forward to 2016 01/15/2016

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On Thursday, February 4th MBBP will be hosting a distinguished panel of angel investors and entrepreneurs.  The topic of this discussion will be “Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2015 and A Look Forward to 2016”.

The panel will include:

Panelists:
Vin Fabiani, Partner, HLM Venture Partners  
David Jegen, Partner, F-Prime Capital
Dan Powdermaker, Angel Investor, Launchpad Venture Group

Moderated by:
Scott Bleier, Member, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

To learn more and to register read our VC blog.

MBBP Attorney to Host Office Hours at TechSandBox 1/21/2016 01/08/2016

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DOLOn  Thursday, January 21, MBBP Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy will host Office Hours at TechSandBox on entity selection (S Corp, LLC, etc.), stock structure, and equity considerations.

Office Hours provides access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales, funding, IT and technology commercialization. Daniele will be available for one-on-one, 45 minute sessions from 11:30AM- 3:30PM. This event will be offered probono for TechSandBox members and to non-members as space allows.

Sign up today to reserve your time slot by visiting TechSandBox!

MomsTeam Institute’s #ForThePlayers 01/04/2016

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header-logoOn December 21, 2015, MomsTeam Institute of Youth Sports Safety held a special advance screening of Sony Pictures’s new movie, Concussion.

M0846567MomsTeam Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2013 to continue and expand on MomsTEAM’s fourteen-year mission of providing comprehensive, well-researched information to sports parents, athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, and other health care professionals about sports health and safety, nutrition, and parenting.

Its Board of Directors is made up of nationally recognized youth sports health and safety experts and business leaders, including MBBP Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo.

Sony Pictures has named the Institute as the charity of choice for their Social media challenge #ForThePlayers.  You can show your support on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #ForThePlayers. Don’t forget to tag @ConcussionMovie.

 

Join MBBP Attorneys for Upcoming Panel on Best Practices in Structuring Startup Founder Agreements 12/07/2015

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Startup-Coalition_LogoStartup co-founders are bound to disagree. A founders’ agreement helps to resolve key issues upfront, before the business has begun to accumulate value. Issues commonly addressed in the founders’ agreement include ownership, responsibility, decision-making, operating procedures, and assignment of intellectual property.

Who gets what percentage of the company?   How will decisions get made?  What happens if one founder leaves the company? Can any of the founders be fired?  By whom?  For what reasons?  Will any of the founders be investing cash in the company?  If so, how is this treated? What do investors expect to see in a founders’ agreement?

Join MBBP Attorney Mike Cavaretta and the Startup Coalition on Wednesday, December 16, for a panel discussion on founders’ issues and founders’ agreements. Amongst panelists will be MBBP Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier.

Register for the event here. For more information, please feel free to contact Mike directly.

MBBP’s John Hession to Sit as Panelist for Upcoming Launch Smart Clinic 11/25/2015

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M0846571On December 1st, from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM, MBBP Attorney and Investor John Hession will sit as a panelist for MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge’s Launch Smart Clinic With Agile Sensors And Kalgene Pharmaceuticals.

Pre-funded companies Agile Sensors and KalgenePharmaceuticals are to present their full investor presentation  and will receive feedback from  experts John Hession and  Jeffrey Moore.

The Launch Smart Clinic is an interactive panel and audience participation is encouraged! Learn more and register for the event here.

 

MBBP Attorney Co-Founds The Startup Coalition 11/03/2015

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M0846512MBBP Partner Mike Cavaretta is pleased to announce that he has co-founded The Startup Coalition, a group of seasoned business professionals serving as a resource to the Boston-area startup community, with offices at WeWork South Station in Boston. Members of The Startup Coalition represent a variety of service industries, and collectively cover virtually all of the key services that startup entrepreneurs and companies need.

In addition to Mike, who of course serves as legal counsel to startups, members of The Startup Coalition include Steve Davis of strategic operations, advisory and management firm The CXO Advisory Group; Eric Solem of commercial real estate brokerage Landmark Real Estate Advisors; Chris Donovan of employment benefits and insurance firm Telamon Insurance & Financial Network; Travis Drouin of accounting firm Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico; Dave McLaughlin of startup co-working space WeWork; Pete McDonald of Silicon Valley Bank; Bill Larrenaga of interim CFO service provider The CFO Center Limited; Jennifer Kamerman of content marketing, PR and technology agency MESH Interactive Agency; Steve Schultz of bookkeeping firm Supporting Strategies Partners; and Jim Da Silva of financial advisory firm GW & Wade.

M0846571In addition to the services that individual members of The Startup Coalition provide to startups, The Startup Coalition will offer a variety of programs and events at WeWork South Station in Boston. These will include monthly investor pitch practice sessions, office hours, workshops, panels, and networking events. The first of these events, a panel on Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching to Investors, will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, and will feature MBBP Partner John Hession, GrandBanks Capital Partner Tim Wright, and Hub Angels member Charlie Cameron.

Register for the event here.

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For more information on The Startup Coalition, please contact Mike Cavaretta.

Upcoming MBBP M&A Series Event: Selling the Family Business 11/02/2015

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The 3rd and final event in MBBP’s 2015 M&A Series will focus on selling the family business.  In addition to the usual transactional concerns including taxes and liability limitation, a sale of the family business often brings a host of issues such as family relations, loss of employment and other aspects that tend to be more “personal” than in other transactions.

On Friday, November 20th, join MBBP and a panel of experienced transactional professionals for a lively, interactive discussion on the unique issues that come up in the sale of the family business and how best to deal with them.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

Meet the Press with MassBio 10/29/2015

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5XXUAkhS_400x400How do journalists choose stories? How can you make your best pitch and get your breakthrough or deals covered? Join MassBio on Thursday, November 12 for its event, “Meet the Press,” to connect with and hear tips from local beat and feature reporters covering the healthcare and life sciences industries in Massachusetts.

Learn more and register for the event here!

MBBP Attorneys Daniele Levy and Scott Connolly Mentor Tech Entrepreneurs at Techstars’ Patriot Boot Camp 10/28/2015

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Employment Attorney Scott ConnollyMBBP attorneys Scott Connolly and Daniele Levy recently served as volunteer mentors at Patriot Boot Camp, presented by Techstars, over three days in Detroit, Michigan.  Daniele and Scott mentored a group of more than 50 military veteran technology entrepreneurs, assisted them with developing and improving their business plans and investor pitches, and provided general start-up guidance.  In addition to serving as mentors, Daniele and Scott ran a mini “clinic” to help the participants navigate the corporate and employment law challenges faced by earCorporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levyly stage companies.  Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring technologies to market and provides seed funding and intensive mentorship.  Patriot Boot Camp was started in partnership with Techstars as part of a broader effort to bring underrepresented populations into technology entrepreneurship.

MBBP Co-Hosts Boston Innovation Start-Up Tour 2015 10/20/2015

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22249848936_72bdfc64e2_oEarlier this month, MBPP’s Robert Finkel co-hosted the Boston Innovation Start-Up Tour 2015, a three-day event organized by the IE-Club and the MIT Club of France. The Tour group of French entrepreneurs routed MIT Media Lab and CIC,  and attended  presentations, Q&As, and HUBweek events.

MBBP Attorney to Present at MCLE’s 33rd Annual Business Law Conference 10/20/2015

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Attorney Jonathan GworekOn October 28, MBBP corporate partner Jon Gworek will be among presenters at MCLE’s 33rd Annual Business Law Conference. Jon will provide an overview of the state-of-play regarding convertible notes, SAFE, and simplified series “seed” preferred stock financings. He will also discuss emerging trends of note in M&A for venture backed technology companies.

The Conference will be broadcast live on October 28, from 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.

To learn more or to register for this event, please contact Jon Gworek.

MBBP Attorney Leads Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee at ABA Business Law Annual Meeting 10/20/2015

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Start-Up Attorney Jonathan GworekIn September, the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the ABA‘s Business Law Section met in Chicago at this year’s annual meeting. As chair of the ABA‘s PEVC Committee, MBBP corporate partner Jon Gworek was integrally involved in the planning of the committee’s activities and chaired the full committee meeting in Chicago which included a discussion with the Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Chancery Court.  The PEVC Committee also sponsored two CLE events; “The Spectrum of Private Equity: From Venture Capital to Mezzanine and Everything in Between”, and “Cross-Border Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions”.

To learn more, please contact Jon Gworek.

MBBP Upcoming Exclusive Event – The JOBS Act: What You and Your Company Need to Know 10/15/2015

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morseThe Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, commonly referred to as the “JOBS Act,” was signed into law in 2012 as a way to incentivize funding of United States emerging growth companies by easing various securities regulations.

Please join MBBP and Marcum on Thursday, November 12, for a discussion on the new MarcumLogorules and the impact this law has had on the equity crowdfunding and startup community since its inception, and how this may affect you and your company. CPE credits will be offered. 

We hope you can join us for this exciting event. Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

MBBP Attorney to Discuss Judicial Developments Pertaining to Venture Capital at ABA WebEx Meeting 10/14/2015

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Corporate Attorney Scott BleierOn Friday, October 23 from 1-2pm, MBBP Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier will sit as one of four panelists at a WebEx meeting hosted by the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the American Bar Association. The panelists will discuss important cases that are to be featured in the upcoming Annual Survey of Judicial Developments Pertaining to Venture Capital.

For the first time ever, the Annual Survey will be a featured article in The Business Lawyer, the very influential and widely read publication of the ABA that it is published on a quarterly basis each year.

Scott’s article, a case study of In Re Nine Systems Shareholders Litigation,  will be published this month in the newest issue of The Business Lawyer.

To learn more or to register for this event, please feel free to email MBBP directly.

MBBP Attorneys to Present at Upcoming Program, “Constructing a Solid Provisional Patent” 10/13/2015

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Patent Attorney Sean DetweilerOn Monday, October 19, Registered Patent Attorneys Sean D. Detweiler and Dr. Stanley F. Chalvire will present at a program hosted by TechSandBox for its Life Sciences SIG, “Constructing a Solid Provisional Patent.” Joining Sean and Stan are two Life Science CEOs. Learn from them first hand and save time, money, and anguish!

To learn more or to register for the event, please visit TechSandBox.

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MBBP Attorney to Host Office Hours at TechSandBox on October 20, 2015 10/08/2015

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn Tuesday, October 20th MBBP Attorney Howard Zharoff will host Office Hours at TechSandBox, providing legal guidance on topics that include licensing, partnering, and copyright, as well as on general business matters. These pro bono sessions give you access to experts in topics such as intellectual property, business formation, benefits, taxes, marketing, sales funding, IT and technology commercialization. Access is offered to Members and Non-members as space allows.

Sign up today to reserve your time slot by visiting TechSandBox!

“CFO Peer to Peer Networking: What’s in Your Next Term Sheet?” with MBBP’s John Hession 10/06/2015

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On Wednesday, October 21, from 7:30-9:30 am, MBBP Attorney and investor John Hession and Angel Investor Christopher Mirabile will discuss the current environment for raising angel and venture capital in New England at Katz, Nannis + Solomon’s event, “CFO Peer to Peer Networking: What’s in Your Next Term Sheet?” John will field questions from the KNS Peer to Peer CFO group about term sheets for early-stage companies, pre-money valuations, current deal structures, and early stage capital markets.

For more information, visit Katz, Nannis + Solomon, or contact Attorney John Hession directly.

MBBP to Sponsor Upcoming 2015 MITEF Cambridge Beantown Throwdown 09/28/2015

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MITEF-Full-Color-e1438717228333MBBP is proud to sponsor Beantown Throwdown, taking place at District Hall on Friday, October 9th. Organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of Cambridge, the Beantown Throwdown will feature teams representing Babson College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, UMass Lowell and Wentworth Institute of Technology, with each pitching their startups to the audience. Winning teams will receive a range of prizes to help launch and build their companies!

Find out what all the excitement is about, learn more and register for Beantown Throwdown here.

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