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Office Hours: Formation and Startup Law


Adam Dinow
Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

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About This Class

Legal mistakes can doom even the best startup concepts and founding teams.

Join legal expert Adam Dinow live as he answers any and all formation law questions you may have in this session of Office Hours.

Note: The session fee is purely for covering General Assembly's expenses. Wilson Sonsini sees no proceeds from this class.


  • Q: Why do I need to file a 83 (b) election? 6:37
  • Q: How much does it cost to incorporate in Delaware using a NY law firm? With a Silicon Valley law firm? 2:13
  • Q: What are the potential pitfalls of using boiler-plate documents from a company like LegalZoom? 3:05
  • Q: Where can I find advisors and more resources on Startup Law? 2:55
  • Q: What is an option pool? 6:01
  • Q: How can founders protect themselves (their place at the company) without turning off investors? 2:53
  • Q: What are good funding options for idea stage start-ups? 2:39
  • Q: When should I trademark my company's name? What is the least costly way to trademark? 2:20
  • Q: How do I assess the value of my company? 5:07


  • Understand the founder and employee documents that are necessary to found a startup.
  • Think critically about the consequences of different stock option strategies.
  • Know the first steps to founding a startup.

About the Instructor(s)


Adam Dinow
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Adam Dinow is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He represents clients at all stages of their life cycle, from incorporation to exit, with an emphasis on working with entrepreneurs and fast-paced, rapid-growth enterprises. He has worked closely with many of the most exciting technology companies in a diverse range of critical transactions, including seed, angel and VC financings; IPOs; and mergers and acquisitions.

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