Head of New York Business & Finance Group, Cooley LLP
Bo Yaghmaie is the head of Cooley LLP’s Business and Technology practice in New York and an active participant in the New York startup and venture capital ecosystem. He teaches at Cornell University Law School, serves as a Tech Stars mentor and regularly counsels leading venture-capital firms and a broad range of venture-backed companies from inception through transformative transactions such as financings, mergers, acquisitions and IPOs.
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The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement
While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.
The 7 Elements Investors Look for in Your Funding Pitch
Present all the facts that drew you to your great idea, season with your passion and you will wow investors.
What a VC Insider Learned in the Past 10 Years About Startup Funding
Our expert Bo Yaghmaie explains how entrepreneurs should prepare for the worst.
Consider Control and Voting Rights When Making Venture Capital Deals
Investors want to protect their stake, entrepreneurs want to keep control. There is room to negotiate.
Determining Board Control Doesn't Have to Be Stressful. Here's What to Do.
If entrepreneurs raise a round of capital the more than likely will face the angst-inducing conundrum of determining board structure. Here are a few pointers.
Why You Need to Take a Close Look at Dividend Provisions
Most dividend provisions fall into one of three categories. Do you understand the differences between them?
Everything You Wanted to Know About VC Liquidation Preference But Were Afraid to Ask
Read the second part of a series that walks you step-by-step through a venture capital deal.
What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Valuations
Read the first part of a series that breaks down what you really need to know about venture capital deals.