Handling the Data of Citizens of Other Countries

If your software business handles the personally identifiable information (PII) of citizens of other countries, you should get familiar with data privacy laws across the world – because you’re likely bound to them. If you violate the laws, you may be liable for hefty fines (or worse). This post will give you a high level overview of handling the data of citizens of other countries.

The Anatomy of an Employment Agreement Package

An Employment Agreement Package are the documents executed between your company and a new employee. Making sure this package has all the necessary documents and provisions following relevant state and local employment regulations, as well as keeping your best interests in mind is important to make sure you are protected. This post will give you a high level overview of what goes into an Employment Agreement Package for a non-executive member of your team.

Data Security Incident Mitigation for Software Companies

Data security is important for software companies. because most, if not all, are handling some sort of sensitive data. Data security incidents happen, and they will keep happening. It’s in your best interest to mitigate data security incidents as much as possible. This post will give you a high level overview of what you should do to mitigate data security incidents, and be prepared if/when it happens to you.

Forming a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations (NPO) are organizations built to further a charitable, social, or beneficial cause – specifically in religious, scientific, literary, or educational settings. NPO’s use the money they make to further their cause instead of distributing it to it’s shareholders, leaders, or members. Forming a 501(c)(3) NPO takes some work, though. This post will give you a high level overview of how to form a Nonprofit Organization.

The CARES Act for Startups and Small Businesses

On March 27, 2020 – reacting to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Title 1 of the CARES Act is aimed at assisting small and medium-sized businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. This post will give you a high level overview of the CARES Act for Startups and Small Businesses.

The Anatomy of a Telecommuting (Remote Work) Policy

Thanks to the wonders of technology, telecommuting/remote work is a common and accepted practice. Having an established remote work policy allows you to hire talent anywhere, and keep things moving in times of emergency when everyone is forced to work from home. This post will give you a high level overview of the anatomy of a telecommuting policy.

The Anatomy of an App Development Agreement

Early stage companies often employ the help of a a third-party application or web development firm to build the first versions of their products, eventually hand-off to an in-house team, or offer continuous maintenance service. Regardless of the arrangement, there should be a clear agreement in place between the hiring company and the app development firm outlining specifics.

High Level Overview of Independent Contractors vs. Employees

There are several important legal, benefit, tax, and human resources implications when it comes to Independent Contractors vs. Employees. The parties involved aren’t just your company – but also includes the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue service, state, and local authorities. This post will give you a high level overview of the difference between the two, and what could happen if you misclassify one for the other.

The Anatomy of a SaaS Sales Agreement

If you’re selling a Software as a Service (SaaS) products, your customers should be signing an agreement with you. This is not just a formality to make you look legitimate. This agreement should outline what services you’re providing, what services you’re NOT providing, outlining warranties, limiting liabilities, and overall – protecting you AND your customers.

Growing your Business: HR and Employment Regulations and Policies

You’ve raised funding, and you’re off to the races. Your company is growing quickly, and you’re steadily hiring more full-time employees. This post will give you a high level overview of what internal policies you should have, and what federal and local laws you must follow when hiring full time employees.

Anatomy of a SAFE Term Sheet

If you are considering raising venture funding, you’ve likely heard of SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) Agreements. SAFE’s are good for early stage startups raising seed capital from angel investors, friends, and family before receiving institutional venture capital financing. This post will give you a high level overview of the anatomy of a SAFE Term Sheet.

Data Privacy and Security of your Vendors

Data privacy and security is more important than ever, and it extends beyond just your company. It forwards to all of your vendors, services providers, third party apps, and anyone else that processes (or handles) your data – whether it is an advertising platform, email provider, marketing technology, or even your appointment booking system. Vendor Security Assessments help you make sure of this.

Money Talks: Venture Capital Fundraising vs. Bootstrapping

Starting and running a company is not easy or cheap. You have options for funding – the most common of which are Venture Capital (VC) Fundraising or Bootstrapping (bankrolling yourself). Both have their pro’s, con’s, payouts, and drawbacks – and this post is here to give you a high level overview of what to think about when making the decision.