Tag Archives: Megan Muir

Employers: 2014 Deadlines to Furnish ISO and ESPP Information Statements and Returns

Employers, from startups to public companies, need to be aware of the following requirements and take action by January 31st if they apply.  Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires a corporation to furnish a written statement to any employee or former employee who either (i) exercised an incentive stock option within the meaning of Section 422 of the Code (ISO) during 2013 or (ii) during 2013 first transferred legal title to shares acquired under the corporation’s employee stock purchase plan within the meaning of Section 423 of the Code (ESPP).…

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

Trent Dykes, Megan Muir and Kiran Lingam (guest contributor from SeedInvest)

I. Introduction / Background

With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with developing new rules allowing companies to generally solicit funds, subject to restrictions as determined by the SEC.…

New SEC Rules Disqualifying “Bad Actors” in Private Fundraising

Megan Muir

Earlier this summer, together with some of my partners within DLA Piper (Christopher Paci, Jason Harmon, Darryl Steinhause and Wesley Nissen), I wrote an article about new SEC regulations concerning private offerings. The final rules issued in July 2013 by the SEC go into effect on September 23, 2013.…

Recent Venture Capital Trends: CB Insights Q2 2013 Data

CB Insights has published summary data regarding recent venture capital trends, together with a full report available to paid subscribers.  In terms of investments by VCs, the report indicates that US$7.0B was invested in 807 deals in the second quarter of 2013, representing a small increase in dollars invested (versus US$6.9B in first quarter) but a decrease in the number of deals of approximately 4%. …

SEC Issues Rules Lifting Ban on General Solicitation in Unregistered Fundraising

Ban on General Solicitation Lifted with Respect to Accredited Investors

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules to lift the ban on general solicitation of funds or general advertising for certain private offerings of securities.  Once the rules become effective (60 days after publication in the Federal Register), provided that certain requirements are met, startups, fund managers and other companies will be able to utilize general advertising to offer to sell stock to “accredited investors” as defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D of the Securities Act of 1933 (typically wealthy individuals with liquid net worth in excess of $1 million or investment funds; see our discussion of the recently revised accredited investor standards here as well as information on the SEC’s site http://www.sec.gov/answers/accred.htm). …

Women in Tech: Dr. Eve Riskin, Professor and Assoc. Dean of Engineering

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Megan Muir

Dr. Eve Riskin is one woman in tech who is actively working to “change the ratio” by increasing the number of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the University of Washington College of Engineering, Professor of Electrical Engineering, and Director of the ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, she is a leader and a mentor for other women considering academic STEM careers (or second careers, following work in industry).…

Women in Tech: Jenny Lam, Award Winning Designer

Megan Muir

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Jenny Lam is a co-founder of Jackson Fish Market, a small software startup focused on making beautiful software experiences. The company has shipped over 20 software products in the past 5 years. Their latest product is A Story Before Bed – the first (and only) service that lets parents, grandparents, and children record video of themselves reading children’s books and play it back as often as they like on the Mac, PC, or iPad.…

Mary Meeker – Forbes.com Interview and Profile

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Eric Savitz of Forbes has a lengthy interview with Mary Meeker up on the Forbes.com site, a companion piece to his profile of Ms. Meeker in the August 6 print edition (which you can read online here).  In the interview, she talks about venture capital, her work investing a $1 billion tech growth fund for Kleiner Perkins (half of which has been deployed to date), the influential reports she produced as an early Internet analyst, and some of the companies that interest her now. …

Where’s The Man Who’s Paying For All Of This?

Vanessa Fox July 2012.jpgVanessa Fox, CEO of Nine by Blue (software, training, and strategic consulting relating to search), has a great post on her blog today about why she is volunteering as a coach for Seattle Startup Weekend’s Women’s Edition.  Her key points:

  • Our Network is Based On Who We Know (And Who Our Network Knows)
  • Even Without Discrimination, There Can Be Unconscious Bias
  • You Feel More Confident When You Feel Less Alone

Her story explaining the title makes me laugh every time I think of it.  And her post reminds me why it is worth taking the time (time I may not think I have) to introduce a female colleague to a client or someone in the community, to help build her network and to let others know about her talents.  It’s something easy for men and women alike to do; it’s just a matter of remembering to do it.  So next time you are scheduling lunch with a customer or client or someone important in your network, consider including a woman in your organization who might benefit from meeting them.  The more positive connections to your organization, the better, so you will likely benefit as well.…

Ten Tips for Navigating Defamation Issues in Social Media

Online and social media have revolutionized the way companies interact with their customers – allowing them to target customer interests and engage customers much more directly.

Entering into the world of social media, however, may pose reputational challenges. On-line stores and e-commerce platforms encourage customers to post reviews about the products they offer.…

UW Tech MBA Venture Capital Investment Competition

This weekend I spent a day with Rebecca Lovell (on right in photo) and a group of 60+ University of Washington Technology Management MBA students who were doing their final project prior to graduating – a venture capital investment competition. The Tech Management MBA is designed specifically for technology industry professionals and the venture capital competition (with Rebecca teaching) was a component added recently to give them some exposure to entrepreneurs in fund-raising mode and to give them a better understanding of the issues early stage tech investors consider. …