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Startup Law for Entrepreneurs: Formation


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. In this class, you’ll learn about essential legal issues that startups face in the formation stage. We will explore the decision-making process in forming a startup — including form, timing, documentation, and issues determining the capital structure. We’ll also dive into the the process to issue founder stock as well as tax consequences and vesting considerations. Compensation of equity structures will also be reviewed.


  • Introduction 3:14
  • Choosing an Entity 3:31
  • Limited Liability Corporation 8:18
  • S Corporation 11:28
  • Where to Incorporate 16:39
  • Funders' Stock 9:42
  • Employee Stock 8:19


  • Understand the founder and employee documents that are necessary to found a startup
  • Think critically about the consequences of different stock option schemes
  • 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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