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Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Startup founders need some legal skills.

Here’s a list of skills to bring to your startup:

  1. Legal Entity - ability to set up an LLC or C-Corp for your business with proper articles of incorporation.
  2. Cap Table - ability to set up the cap table with initial ownership of the founder, co-founder, and seed investors.
  3. Trademark - ability to trademark the company name. 
  4. Web Domain - ability to find and register the company domain name.
  5. Family and friends funding - ability to take funding from non-accredited investors with SEC compliance.
  6. Tax IDs - ability to set up a bank account with tax ID information for the company.
  7. Employee vs. Contractors - ability to distinguish between an employee and a contractor for classification and tax treatment.
  8. Legal Support - ability to identify the proper legal support needed for contract law, employment law, and other.
  9. Legal Documents - ability to set up employment agreements, contracts, stock options, and board and shareholder resolutions and reports. 
  10. Intellectual Property - ability to file a provisional patent in advance of filing design and utility patents.
  11. Terms of Service - ability to create terms of service agreement for clients and customers.
  12. Employment Agreement - ability to create an employment agreement with confidentiality and invention assignment contracts.
  13. Recruiting requirements - knowing how to avoid asking questions that are prohibited by law.
  14. Firing employees - ability to know how to fire an employee staying within legal requirements. 

For startup founders, these are the basic skills you’ll need to master to run your business in the early days.  


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