Law and Taxes

Taxes and your business type

Well, Tax Day is upon us, and hopefully you’ve gotten your forms filled, your returns filed, and you’ve got a nice refund on the way. With all things fiscal in the air, it’s a good time to think about your company’s legal structure, and how that’s affecting your business tax status. There are both legal...


Free Tax Advice

Ah, spring, when a young company’s fancy turns to taxes… Here in the U.S., we are only 2 weeks away from Income Tax Day (April 15th). Whether you’re an early bird who already filed, or a late bloomer still assembling receipts in shoe boxes, taxes play an important role in how you structure your business,...


No Need to Call the Fashion Police

In most lines of work, people ripping off your ideas or designs is a bad thing. Illegal, even. But such is not the case in the fashion world, where not only is copying legal, but some say it’s beneficial. As the old cliche goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Turns out it may...


The Real Meaning of Facebook’s Murky Beginnings

How Facebook was Founded, and its two companion pieces on Business Insider, should be required reading for all entrepreneurs and all startups. The fabulously and typically murky early history of Facebook has very little legal or historical importance. But there are at least three good reasons to read it: It’s a really good, true story...


Startups, Please, Don’t Break These Laws

Really, seriously: We teach this, we write this, we talk about it, but people (and yes, I mean you) somehow think it’s about some theoretical storybook startup, and not about them. They’re immune. 1. Asking people to invest is pretty much against the law. Sure, there are some loopholes and exceptions, but you should understand...


Logos: Watch Out! A Real-World True Story

Leaders get copied. Artists copy each other and we package it all up and call it a trend or a movement, like the impressionists, or baroque, or whatever. Poets and novelists do the same thing.  Television producers copy good shows to make better show or bad shows, until we get sick of them. Buddy cop...


Law Courts Entering the Social-mediasphere

It seems that there is no human endeavor that will not be subverted by those with evil intent. The social-mediasphere is no exception. This recent Yahoo! News article, Injunction by Twitter: A Blogger Makes History Trying to Unmask His Impostor reports how the English High Court is using Twitter to serve an injunction against a...


A Really Bad Business Name Idea

I received an email over the weekend from a reader of my 3 Weeks to Startup book, asking me this: I have recently secured a business name (I’m not including the real name. Call it ACME). I’ve done some research and it looks like it has not been taken in my hometown. However, it is...


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