S1, Episode 5: How To (LAW)nch – Presentation at TrepCon Conference

Season One, Episode Five– This hypothetical case study about co-founders of an  mhealth (mobile health) startup introduces listeners to four key legal issues all entrepreneurs should know.

Episode Description: A presentation about key legal issues for startups, by Professor Bernice Grant, Senior Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Program and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at Fordham University School of Law.  Using a hypothetical case study of two co-founders of an mhealth (mobile health) startup, Grant teaches entrepreneurs about four legal issues: co-founder relationships, choosing a name and protecting your intellectual property, liability protection, and growing a workforce while you are cash-strapped. Based on a presentation at the Gabelli School of Business’ annual entrepreneurship conference, this podcast introduces several key legal issues that will be addressed in greater detail in future episodes.

Episode Roadmap:

  • [:30] Bernice Grant introduces the presentation and case study presented at the TrepCon Conference.
  • [3:43] Considerations for co-founder relationships in startups, and the important role of founders’ agreements.
  • [9:25] Key tips for choosing a name for your startup venture to protect your budding brand.
  • [15:37] Factors in proactively protecting your company’s intellectual property.
  • [18:07] Three main points for maximizing liability protection for your startup.
  • [24:12] Growing and compensating your workforce while you are cash-strapped.
  • [26:58] Grant summarizes these four key issues of the Startup LAWnchpad podcast series.

Tweetables:

“Co-founder fallout is one of the main causes of death of startups.” -Bernice Grant
“If you want the company to own the intellectual property, make sure you get it in writing.” -Bernice Grant
“Employment law and compensation is an area where you want to seek legal counsel to make sure you are abiding by all of the relevant employment laws.” -Bernice Grant

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Startup LAWnchpad is a new podcast that helps bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and their legal needs.  This podcast is a series of virtual legal workshops that will educate entrepreneurs about legal issues they commonly face as they develop, launch and grow their business.