Category Archives: Public Policy

Act 255 Tax Credits and …. Convertible Equity

Active angel and venture investors in Wisconsin are generally familiar with Act 255, a state law that provides a tax credit for investors in the equity of qualifying emerging technology businesses.  In cases where an investment is made before a … Continue reading

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Venture Capital and Private Equity: The Same, Only (Very) Different

If you’ve followed Presidential politics of late – and as much as I want to look away I find myself gawking as at a freeway pileup –  you have no doubt heard a lot about private equity and venture/vulture capital.  … Continue reading

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An Entrepreneurial Spin on the European Debt Crisis

If you follow the financial news at all you are doubtless aware of the European debt crisis.  Your awareness probably includes the notion that somehow the problem relates to the difference between European monetary union (captured in the notion that … Continue reading

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IRC 409A: Good Faith is not Good Enough

From very early on, one of the distinguishing features of the Silicon Valley school of innovation was the notion that virtually every one on the team – from the receptionist at the front door to the founders in the corner … Continue reading

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Serious Patent News: Some Good, Some Not So.

Any day now, the Senate will likely pass the America Invents Act, with the President’s signature promised shortly thereafter.  The Act will make the most sweeping changes toUnited Statespatent law since at least 1952.  By moving the United States from … Continue reading

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The Space Shuttle: A Fond Good Riddance

The title of this piece might suggest that I am a space skeptic.  In fact, far from it.  If I were in charge, we would be spending more on space, and making serious plans to get to Mars by the … Continue reading

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I’ve got nothing to hide, have you?

Word leaks today that Apple’s iOS4 contained at least one new feature Steve Jobs did not bother to mention when he rolled out the iPhone4.   The device – and the iPad runningiO4– keeps a running record of where you (well, … Continue reading

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