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Early-Stage Life Science Financing Event – March 30 03/09/2017

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JMH Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846571xB1386)Don’t miss our next event, Money and Molecules: Early-Stage Life Science Financing, on Thursday, March 30 from 3:30-5pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Moderated by corporate attorney John Hession, a panel of experts will discuss the current complex financing environment for early-stage life science companies. Among other topics, the panel discussion will include:

  • Formulate a comprehensive and coherent financing strategy
  • Construct a financing strategy that fits the company’s timetable and milestones
  • Understand and handle the disadvantages of taking money from different investor types
  • Understand and leverage the advantages of different classes of investors
  • Optimize their chances for success

View our event page for more information and to register for the event.

MBBP Clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical Featured in Forbes Article Regarding New Equity Crowdfunding Platform 10/31/2016

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MBBP clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical are featured in a Forbes article regarding Red Crow’s new equity crowdfunding portal that will be launching in November.  The crowdfunding platform will feature “exclusive and professionally-vetted investment opportunities” for accredited and non-accredited investors.

MiRTLE Medical will have one of the first featured investment opportunities. MiRTLE’s product is a custom designed diagnostic-grade 12-lead electrocardiogram for use during MRI.  MBBP is assisting MiRTLE Medical with its involvement in the crowdfunding platform.

To learn more, read the full Forbes article.

MBBP Partner Scott Bleier Featured in “Legal Outlook Q&A” Interview with LinkSquares 09/28/2016

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Firm corporate partner Scott Bleier was recently interviewed by LinkSquares, Inc., regarding his vast knowledge and experience as a “veteran startup lawyer”. M0846500 Scott discussed various topics relating to startups, including the largest legal issues for early stage companies, the role of outside counsel for tech companies, and the biggest challenges surrounding customer agreements and contracts.

Read the full interview for more information.

Firm Client TechSandBox Launches Veterans’ Technology Entrepreneurship Program 08/19/2016

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton sponsored organization and client, TechSandBox, announced its partnership with MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) in the launch of a new program for military veterans.  The Military Veteran Entrepreneurs in Technology program (“VET”) is for veterans who are starting and growing new ventures in innovation-focused sectors and will provide support via mentoring, networking, and advising, among other services.  TechSandBox Logo (M0654842xB1386)

Through its involvement with VET, TechSandBox will supply veterans with the necessary resources to create and foster successful startups.  Specifically, TechSandBox will document the needs of the veterans, deliver programming for entrepreneurial development, and provide a network of other entrepreneurs in which the veterans can interact.

The VET will serve veterans in the MetroWest region and the Commonwealth.  The program will begin with a pilot phase, which will last for 18 months.  MassDevelopment and MassTech provided a combined grant of $53,101 for the pilot program.  For more information about the program, view TechSandBox’s website.

TechSandBox is a technology incubator for innovation-driven companies.  Its mission is to accelerate the success of science and technology entrepreneurs.  MBBP is proud of its client’s community-focused approach and the commitment to veterans through this new program.

Highlights from MBBP Life Sciences Series Panel 2 – Laying the Foundation for Growth: Entity & Equity 07/05/2016

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On Wednesday June 22nd, the offices of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton were filled with a crowd of people for a life sciences panel discussion on “Laying the Foundation for Growth: Entity & Equity.”  Esteemed panelists included Marc Cote, COO of Accellient; Jeffrey Solomon, Managing Shareholder of Katz Nannis + Solomon; and MBBP’s own John Hession as moderator.

The panel explained to the audience the importance of understanding the different entity options when starting a new business, and JMH Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846571xB1386)provided important tips on how to pick the right fit for the business.  John Hession stated that when choosing an entity it is crucial to consider where you plan on heading with the business and the long-term goals, how long before you generate money, investments, exit strategy, and how long before you will be investing money of your own into the business.

Jeffrey Solomon explained that most investors will insist that your business is a Delaware C-Corp.  He detailed that although LLCs can be beneficial because of their pass through tax benefits, they also have more complexities with tax filings.  However, since C-Corps are able to receive 1202 tax treatment and exclude gains, C-Corps are typically preferred.  The panel also discussed equity strategic considerations, including restricted stock options, with Marc Cote describing the importance of filing an 83(b) within 30 days of executing the agreement.

These were merely a few of the insightful topics discussed at the 2nd Life Sciences Series Panel.  The next panel in September will be equally educational, so keep an eye out for further details, including registration information, on our site.

FAQ: How detailed should Board of Directors meetings’ minutes be? 03/03/2016

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Young entrepreneurs and corporate associates of emerging companies frequently ask: “How detailed should Board of Directors meetings’ minutes be?”  The short answer is: Do not delve into minutiae, other than precision for approval of equity issuances, option grants and material contracts.

How much detail should you add that might give investors or acquirers cause for unnecessary concern? Read the full response over on our VCs and Startups Blog or contact John Hession.

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.


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

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 Client Unshrinkit Named as Top 26 MassChallenge Finalist 10/14/2015

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download (3)MassChallenge has named MBBP Client Unshrinkit as one of 26 finalists for its 2015 Boston startup accelerator program. From the top 26, a panel of judges will award between 10 and 20 startups equity-free, non-dilutive grants of either $50,000 or $100,000.

Congratulations Unshrinkit!

For more information on the competition, please visit MassChallenge.

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.

MBBP’s Daniele Ouellette Levy to Discuss Startup Setup: Taxes, Employment Laws, Corporate Structure and More. 09/23/2015

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Corporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy

MBBP Attorney Daniele Ouellette Levy will present at TechSandBox’s upcoming event “Startup Setup: taxes, employment laws, corporate structure and more” on Thursday, October 1st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

For more information, please feel free to contact Daniele Ouellette Levy directly.


Stories from Formation to Exit – One Week from TODAY! 06/11/2015

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TiE BostonJoin TiE-Boston serial entrepreneurs Deepak Taneja and Gaugarin Oliver for a fireside chat as they discuss the life cycles of their companies from formation to acquisition.

Hear two success stories; get two perspectives. One entrepreneur raised venture capital and the other grew his company organically. One offered a IT security solution and the other a marketing platform. Both of their companies were acquired by industry leaders.

Come to hear their stories and participate in an interactive Q&A session on important legal issues related to startup companies.
Recent data related to current trends in early-stage venture capital financings will also be presented and discussed. 

Moderated by MBBP’s Scott Bleier.

Limited Seating – Register Today!

MBBP’s Carl Barnes on Panel for Boston University Law School Symposium: The Legal Challenges of Funding Startups 02/17/2015

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Corporate Attorney Carl BarnesCarl Barnes will be a panelist at a symposium presented by the Boston University School of Law Review of Banking and Financial Law on Friday, February 27, 2015. The symposium will bring together legal scholars and practicing lawyers to discuss key financial issues that startup companies face, including crowdfunding, startup financing, and the tension between state and federal law.

For any questions regarding venture capital and start-up financing, please contact Carl Barnes.

Mary Beth Kerrigan to Speak on How to Raise Money from Family and Friends 05/30/2014

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Corporate Attorney Mary Beth KerriganThe Enterprise Center at Salem State University is hosting an event titled “Raising Money from Friends and Family – How to Do it Right” on Friday, June 6th. MBBP Corporate Attorney Mary Beth Kerrigan is one of three speakers at the event who will provide an interesting discussion on early sources of funding, from both traditional and non-traditional sources, how to do it right, and the crucial pitfalls to avoid.

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

Do you have questions regarding seed funding? Feel free to contact Mary Beth.

MBBP Launches M&A and VC Blogs 04/01/2014

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MBBP recently launched two new blogs:

M&A Today

This blog is a service of MBBPs Mergers and Acquisitions practice and focuses on current issues and events that are of interest to business founders and investors looking to acquire or exit a business. Our attorneys have extensive experience in complex M&A transactions, including private equity deals, representing both publicly traded and privately held buyers and sellers. Click here to follow our blog.

VCs and Startups

The start-up ecosystem can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Through this blog, we aspire to educate entrepreneurs, start-up companies and investors about a wide spectrum of issues related to a company’s lifecycle, including incorporation, seed financings, venture capital and liquidity transactions. We also hope to keep our readers up to date with changes in the law and make them aware of best practices for managing issues that start-ups face on a daily basis. Click here to follow our blog.

Cambridge Innovation Center to Open Office in Boston 03/14/2014

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Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)On March 14th MBBP client Cambridge Innovation Center announced its plans to open  a third location. This new facility will be in Boston’s Financial District, giving firms a less expensive space yet more flexibility than traditional office leases. CIC has signed a lease at 50 Milk Street occupying 70,000 square-feet of space across 5 floors with the ability to accommodate nearly 1,200 people . CIC Boston is set to open to the public in phases beginning in late April. MBBP currently utilizes office space in CIC’s original Cambridge location at One Broadway in Kendall Square.

CIC provides offices and shared workspaces to start-ups and small companies offering amenities such as fully stocked kitchens, high-tech conference rooms, Internet, and decent office chairs. CIC has also been reported to serve as the initial launching pad in New England for larger companies such as Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Facebook, Google and Shell.

Congratulations CIC!

For more information, please view this full article in The Boston Globe.

Howard Zaharoff Judges BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition Semi-Finals 03/06/2014

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IP and Technology Licensing Attorney Howard ZaharoffOn February 28 MBBP IP and Licensing Attorney Howard Zaharoff helped judge the semi-finals of BU’s 2014 New Venture Competition. The contest is sponsored by Boston University’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (ITEC) and is open to current and past BU students, both graduates and undergrads. Interested students and alumni participated in a fall or spring “Pitch and Pizza Competition.” The winning Pitchers went on to the second round, February’s semi-finals, which named six finalists.

These finalists will pitch their business to a panel of experts, including angel investors, and will be eligible for awards that include MBBP’s People’s Choice Award. The finals will be held on Tuesday, April 15th.

To learn more about the New Venture Competition, please visit BU’s Entrepreneurship Programs.

Jeffrey Steele to Sit as Panelist for MITEF Startup Clinic 07/26/2011

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Corporate Attorney Jeffrey SteeleOn July 27th, MBBP is sponsoring a Startup Clinic hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge in which attendees will learn the do’s and don’t’s of pitching your company to investors. The event will provide two real case presentations by Darwin Ecosystem LLC, an early stage Web software company dedicated to solving the information overload experienced by those leveraging web 2.0 technologies,  and Vsnap, a provider of super-simple applications for sharing short, rich video messages. MBBP Attorney Jeffrey Steele will provide expert advice as a panelist for this event with knowledge in the areas of securities and general corporate law, with a focus on start-ups and developing companies.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit MITEF of Cambridge.

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