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 »

Five Cs to watch in Silicon Valley’s emerging venture capital ecosystem in 2018.

By Murray Indick

Murray Indick recently authored the article “Five Cs to Watch in Silicon Valley’s Emerging Venture Capital Ecosystem in 2018,” the first in a new monthly series for the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The article outlines what startup businesses and investors should be watching in 2018, particularly around the Bay Area. Indick details how developments such as the legalization of recreational marijuana in California, increased scrutiny of workplace and industry culture, and the rise of cryptocurrencies... Read more »

What’s new in California Employment Law for 2018?

By MoFo ScaleUp Team

It was another busy year in the California Legislature with regard to employment and labor issues. Of particular note for California employers, including many startups, are the new laws related to employee hiring practices with the prohibitions on requesting an employment applicant’s salary history information, limitations on the use of an employment applicant’s criminal conviction history, and the New Parent Leave Act, which provides 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave for employees of small employers (20 or 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.