I write articles that are intended to give entrepreneurs and new investors some insight into the corporate finance process. I don't talk about what's reasonable or what a founder should or shouldn't accept - I focus on the process, trying to equip readers for what they might see so that they can form their own views.
For my most current writing, my Medium page is where to go. A selection of my older articles which remain relevant is hosted on this site.
Presenting and Mentoring
I also give presentations on topics to audiences of entrepreneurs and investors, including a semi-regular overview course for startups at General Assembly.
Much of the material in the articles below has been presented, often in a variety of formats (including workshops). Please contact me if you would like to discuss this sort of content, in any format.
As an example of my presentations, here is a link to a presentation on the way that the law will deal with contracts that have the wrong names, missing timetables and broad discretions (from "Palo Alto Goes Global" at the Royal Institution, September 2013 (video))
When I have time, I run drop-in advice sessions.
I am a regular at the London chapter of Startup Grind. I mentor with the Google Launchpad and Virgin Startup programmes, as well as unofficially.
I've listed below various content that I have delivered, either written or as a presentation, filed by series. The law was accurate when I wrote the article or gave the presentation - things may have moved on. Unless otherwise noted, clicking on the title will open the article in pdf format.
All the articles are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence, if you use them for anything interesting please let me know!
I have given a variety of presentations on the development of contract law, and in particular the risks for founders, in the wake of the way we use various electronic media. Cases discussed include Spreadex vs. Cochrane, Golden Ocean vs. SMI and Augstein vs. Leslie.
Cogs in the Machine
A series of articles aimed at founders of high-growth businesses, discussing typical venture capital-driven provisions and how they work. Originally published in Entrepreneur Country Magazine, also collected into a booklet. I have some copies of the booklet available.
Basic Rules for Entrepreneurs
A series of articles aimed at early-stage founders, providing fundamental rules for the conduct of their businesses until such time as they take on proper external legal advice. Originally published in Entrepreneur Country Magazine. Again, there is a booklet of these articles and I have a few copies remaining.
The Risks of Following the Crowd
A brief overview of equity crowdfunding, and potential pitfalls.
The London Economic (May 2015)