Staffing – Employees vs. Independent Contractors

November 30, 2009

I’m often asked whether it’s better for the company to work with people as employees or as independent contractors (also called contractors or consultants – the differences are of style, not meaning). Consulting is common in the technology business in Canada, particularly during any recession, and as businesses staff up it’s an important question to […]

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“What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI”

November 21, 2009

A superb post by Mark Suster on the necessity of committing to your vision and taking action on it. I see so many people who return to me for advice on the essentially the same decisions, or whom I see stuck on the same challenges. BTW, I don’t believe this skill is unteachable, but I […]

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Legal Bootcamp for Startups at Impact ’09

November 20, 2009

I had a great time presenting a short workshop at the Impact 09 Conference today. I started with a short role playing scenario for the students in which they negotiated starting equity interests in a new business. It was a great springboard for a discussion about larger issues. Many thanks to @ray_cao for getting me […]

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“The Eight Best Questions We Got While Raising Venture Capital”

November 18, 2009

Great post on Techcrunch from the CEO of Redfin.

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“Running a startup outside of the Valley”

November 17, 2009

Sound advice on starting up away from the action.

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Organization – The Basics

November 16, 2009

For many people, organizing the corporation is probably close to the most boring thing they can do without actually having to count all of the sand on a beach. Dull – perhaps, but in many cases quite necessary. It often comes as a surprise to people that when they incorporate a business in Ontario, there […]

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“How to pick a co-founder”

November 12, 2009

A superb piece, on the always provocative Venture Hacks, on picking your co-founder(s). Just really smart, solid advice.

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Employment – Making the Offer and Varying the Contract

November 10, 2009

From time to time, I’ll be posting information of interest provided by other lawyers and professionals with whom I sometimes work. Today, I’m posting an article by Daniel Lublin of Whitten & Lublin LLP. Dan recently wrote a piece on a case that illustrates the dangers when employees and employers do not share a common […]

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City of Toronto launches open

November 2, 2009

At mesh09 Toronto Mayor David Miller announced the City’s open data project and spent some time talking with us about his vision for the project. The site has just launched.

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Incorporation – What, Why, Where and How

October 29, 2009

Over the next while I’ll be posting on some of the more common questions I get from clients.  Please feel free to leave a comment if you have something to add.  Today, it’s the basics of incorporation. What is incorporation and why do I need to incorporate my business? Incorporation is the process that legally […]

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Help Us Create a Discussion at The Mark About How to Fix Venture Capital in Canada

September 29, 2009

I’m going to be working with The Mark soon on a project to host a discussion about how to fix venture capital in Canada.  To start the process, I’m hoping to reach out to people in our community and get ideas from them on what issues should be covered in this discussion, and who in […]

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Blogging to Resume Soon?

September 28, 2009

I’ve been mustering myself to resume blogging soon, but before I do I’m curious about whether anyone (left) following this blog has any thoughts about what I ought to be writing about. I have my own ideas, of course, but this blog has traversed a wide variety of content – what works, and what doesn’t? […]

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