Running a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company requires a continuous understanding of laws, regulations, legal precedence, and industry standards – because they’re changing all the time. That’s where a Product Counsel comes in.
Terms of Service vs. SaaS Agreement vs. End User License Agreement – Which One Do You Need?
If you’re running a software business, you need some policies and agreements in place to make sure you are protected. But what exactly do you need to sell your product? Is it a Terms of Service, SaaS Agreement, or a End User License Agreement? This post will give you a high level overview of the difference between these three specific documents.
The Anatomy of an API License Agreement
Entire businesses are now built off of API integrations. There are some specific nuances that should be contractually identified – this post will give you a high level overview of an API License Agreement.
Government Contracting for SaaS Companies: 5 Things You Need to Know
In the D.C. area – the startup scene is emerging and expanding rapidly, but government contracting (GovCon) is the main business for technology companies. If your SaaS company is new to the GovCon space, this article will give you a high level overview of 5 things you need to know.
6 Things Your Customers will Negotiate in Your Software Sales Agreement
If you’re selling software to larger organizations, chances are the legal department needs to get involved to negotiate some specific provisions in your software license or SaaS agreement (depending on what kind of software you sell). The key here is to make sure you are protected, while still coming to an amicable agreement with your customer. This post will give you a high level overview of 6 key provisions that your customers are likely to negotiate with you on.
The Anatomy of an Enterprise SaaS Sales Agreement (MSA)
If you’re selling a Software as a Service (SaaS) product to enterprise companies, your customers will demand a strong master service agreement. Sometimes they’ll sign yours, but more often than not – you’ll have to sign theirs. This leads to some back and forth, and lots of redlines. Yay, legal!
Handling the Data of Citizens of Other Countries
If your software business handles the personal data 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 goes for the PII of citizens of the European Union, United Kingdom, Brazil, Israel, Argentina, Russia, or countless other countries. So – what steps do you take to make sure you are compliant?
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.
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.
High Level Overview of Corporate Subsidiaries
Many of the companies you interact with every day either own, or are, subsidiaries of another company. For example, Alphabet Inc. is the parent company, and Google is a subsidiary. This post will give you a high level overview of corporate subsidiaries.
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.
Corporate Governance for Startups
If your startup is a C Corporation – you should familiarize yourself with Corporate Governance. This post will give you a high level overview of what you need to know and do.
Public Benefit Corporations: 5 Things You Need to Know
Public Benefit Corporations (PBC) are becoming more and more common. But what are they? Are they non-profits? Are they corporations? The answer is – they’re a bit of both. This post will give you a high level overview of 5 things you need to know about PBC’s.
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.
11 Must-Do’s When Your Startup is Ready to Level Up
You’ve been burning the midnight oil on a startup for a while now and all of a sudden – it’s working! You’re ready to level up. Customers are signing up, some money is coming in, and you’re thinking about raising …