Top Ten Mistakes That Kill Companies

A session at Queen City Merge

Friday 11th May, 2012

2:30pm to 3:30pm (EST)

It is tough to an entrepreneur. You are expected to understand every aspect of your business; everything from filing your business taxes to changing the toilet paper in your international headquarters. On top of all of the stuff you are expected to understand, you will have to synthesize the clutter of advice and information you will receive. The Lean Start-up model instructs entrepreneurs on how to eliminate some of the unnecessary distractions and focus on rapid iteration of a product. Unfortunately, your lawyer is likely anything but a lean start-up disciple. You'll be receiving reams of paper for signature that will read like they were written by Robin Hood with a quill pen. While being smarter than your lawyer would be great, lets focus on the top ten mistakes that could kill your company so that you can avoid any armageddon situations. This discussion will focus on helping you avoid the company killing mistakes and coaching you to your minimal viable legal solution. No one wants to waste money on lawyers when there are more important business expenses (like upgrading the ramen noodles you bought in bulk).

ROBERT W. MCDONALD is an attorney in the Business & Finance Practice Group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Rob is a Co-Founder and Director at The Brandery, a seed stage business accelerator in Cincinnati. Rob’s practice at Taft is focused on venture capital, corporate, securities, and sports law work. Rob assists start-up and emerging companies through business formation, early-stage investments, and other issues that face entrepreneurial businesses.

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Rob McDonald

Cincinnati Venture Capital Lawyer @TaftLaw - Start-ups, Securities, and Sports Law . @Brandery Co-Founder. Tweets are my own. bio from Twitter

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Time 2:30pm3:30pm EST

Date Fri 11th May 2012

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