Teela Smith, Michael Bracamontes of Bracamontes and Vlasak PC, and Katherine Dulany of Zarate Dulany Law, P.C. presented a panel entitled "Equity and Employment for Startups and Small Businesses" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists discussed equity compensation and employment law changes in 2020. It was aimed at employment lawyers who wanted to learn more about equity compensation, and business lawyers who wanted to learn more about employment law, for the purpose of advising their clients about their rights and obligations.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a First Republic Bank and TriNet panel alongside startup advisor, Blaine Mathieu, of Momenta Partners, Alexa Binns of Halogen Ventures, and Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures regarding how early stage startups can show growth and traction, and impress investors during a virtual pitch and subsequent online meetings; how VCs have been meeting with potential portfolio companies and the best virtual pitch strategies they’ve seen employed by startup founders in 2020; and the trends in raising early stage capital in 2020, and how things in the legal sphere have changed after Coronavirus.
Lindsey S. Mignano spoke on a panel hosted by NowCFO entitled "State of the Early Stage Startup Industry: 2020 Trends and Post-Election Financing Predictions for 2021". Lindsey was joined by Lauren McCollom of Grasshopper Bank, Keenan McCollom of NowCFO, Jason Torres of Sana Capital, and Chang Zu of Basis Set Ventures. Topics included financing and acquisition trends in a Covid world, and more recently, post-election, for national and international startups; what early stage American VCs are looking for in 2020 and the realities of fundraising during a pandemic; and strategies for raising a pre-seed (ex. $500K) v. Series Seed ($1-4M) round in 2021, after the election.
Teela Smith spoke on a panel hosted by Carta entitled "Executive and Employee Compensation for Early Stage Startups: How Are Startups Building Teams and Paying Founders and Employees in 2020". Teela, along with Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts and Audrey Massoni of ADP, and Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, discussed 2020 stats on how early stage startups are compensating their founders and employees from an equity perspective (by Carta) and salary perspective (by ADP); how to protect your startup by executing the proper legal documents for founders and employees (by Smith Shapourian Mignano PC), and the best practices to build an early stage (remote) startup team after a seed financing event (by Maven Ventures).
Neda Shapourian and Kimberly Simms of the Law Office of Kimberly Simms presented a panel entitled "Cannabis Law: Representing Businesses and Addressing Compliance Issues" for the Business Law Section of the San Mateo County Bar Association. They discussed representing small cannabis businesses, seed funding, patients rights and negotiations with government offices in this exciting new area of law.
Lindsey S. Mignano presented her 3-minute pitch video regarding the firm at the Diversity Referral Night. The Diversity Referral Night was co-sponsored and co-organized by the Alameda County Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association, California Minority Counsel Program, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. It took place virtually over Remo and exclusively featured diverse solo and small firms.
Teela Smith moderated a panel entitled "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" hosted by Early Growth Financial Services. Panelists included David Chan, CEO, IntelleXt, Breanna Tomasello, CEO & Founder, Luv Snacks Inc., Sven Brunner, CEO & Founder, holo|one, and Phil Wennker, Co-Founder, Mnemonic AI. Topics of discussion included questions such as how the pandemic affected business plans, business pivots, and financing.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Evaluating 'Left Out and Left Behind': Panel discussion regarding the new report on women of color attorneys from ABA Commission on Women in the Profession" featuring panelists Bethanie Barnes of Slack Technologies, Suzette Barnes of Orrick, Chambord Benton-Hayes of Ogletree Deakins, Paulette Brown of Locke Lord, Eileen Letts of Zuber, Lawler, and del Duca, and Destiny Peery of the Red Bee Group. This panel was sponsored by the Bar Association of San Francisco Barristers Club Racial Justice Initiative, Black Women Lawyers Association of Northern California, and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Avoiding Trial: Benefits of Moving for Summary Judgment & Alternative Dispute Resolution" featuring panelists Marie Jonas of Folger Levin LLP, Aaron Gothelf of American Arbitration Association, and Hon. Ethan Schulman of the San Francisco Superior Court. Panelists discussed practical skills for bringing or opposing summary judgment, delivering persuasive moving arguments during summary judgment, and resolving disputes through mediation or arbitration.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a virtual panel for NowCFO called "How Pre-Seed and Seed Founders are Approaching Business During the Pandemic" featuring B2C/Enterprise SaaS company founders Oscar Adelman of Remi, Peggy O'Flaherty of Mavely, and Cory Woods of Zypp. Panelists discussed how pre-seed and seed founders are managing, pivoting, and developing their products and services during the pandemic.