Director Duties and Augmenting the Corporate Brain

By Jim Ryan

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (for ease of readability, this article uses “AI” to refer to the broad category of machine learning and artificial intelligence) are poised to impact all aspects of society and business. However, the effects that those same technologies may have on the decision-making process and operations of corporate boards of directors have not yet come under the mainstream spotlight. AI is poised to have equally impactful effects on boards’ decision making processes and operations.


A Startup Lawyer’s Guide to the 6 Top Things a Founder Should do Before Raising Venture Capital

By John Rafferty

What steps should startups take before raising venture capital financing? Morrison & Foerster Emerging Companies + Venture Capital partner John Rafferty outlines the top six things founders should do before raising venture capital in his recent article for the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Read the full Silicon Valley Business Journal article.

Cryptocurrency Compensation: A Primer on Token-Based Awards

By Alfredo Silva and Ali Nardali

On March 19, 2018, Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys Alfredo B. D. Silva, Ali U. Nardali and Aria Kashefi published a thought piece in Bloomberg Law on legal issues related to use of blockchain tokens as service provider compensation. In the past year, tokens have nudged their way into mainstream consciousness with the proliferation of “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,” and the blockbuster rises – and drops – in the prices of cryptocurrencies. An emerging... Read more »

Startup Diligence is more than ‘Basic IP Diligence’

By Desmond O'Sullivan

When considering a technology-based startup, potential investors may look beyond a company’s intellectual property as an important indicator of its enterprise value. It is particularly important to perform a robust assessment to ascertain the possible hidden risks that could emerge as the company matures. The piece outlines how to identify issues around prior employment, contractors and consultants, and existing market participants, in addition to basic IP diligence factors.