In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of March 20, 2016

  • 3.25.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

The SEC could change the requirements for investing in startups, and that’s not good
With its new equity rules soon to take effect, the Securities and Commission is a central news story this year. However, an even greater change may be in the works as the Commission considers narrowing the definition of an “accredited investor” (subscription required) for the first time in 33 years, which would—among other things—shrink the number of individuals who can purchase shares without going through an equity platform. As TechCrunch suggests here, such a shift would prompt protest from founders and investors alike.

How and why to pitch angel groups
…Because there are plenty of great reasons to maintain a robust pool of investors in the ecosystem. They’re essential resources for early-stage companies and don’t typically demand unicorn-level returns on their investments. They’re best found in groups, as detailed in this piece from the managing director of Red Bear , an network for Cornell entrepreneurs.

15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Raising A Seed Round
And for those making the leap to VC pitches and a seed round, here are some excellent tips from a fellow founder.

Is a Different Kind of Silicon Valley Possible?
American culture centers on the Bay Area, Boston and New York, but it’s important to remember how many smaller cities are committed to building vibrant entrepreneurial communities. Here The Atlantic profiles Durham, North Carolina, where real estate redevelopment, academia and tax credits are combining to foster a strong tech scene.

NY bill would provide tax credit for open source contributors
Speaking of tax credits, here in New York a new bill proposes tax breaks for developers who choose to make their code open source. The bill is a modest first step and has a tough road to passage, but it is likely we’ll see others like it—new generations of legislators could make our state governments more responsive to the needs of tech entrepreneurs.

USPTO Startup Resources
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency that manages patent and trademark filings, and it often engages directly with the world that so heavily relies on its services. This link isn’t a news story, but it’s a great page to bookmark and reference for info on protecting your company’s most valuable assets.

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.