Self-Consciousness And Its Effects

The writer and novelist David Foster Wallace was an avid and successful junior tennis player, and he wrote regularly about tennis. In his review of Tracy Austin’s auto-biography, using his own youth tennis game as the point of reference, he described what separates great from ordinary athletes as follows:  I would “get divided, paralyzed. As most […]

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The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter

As a kid, my dad said (repeatedly) the greatest challenge our society faced was the declining health of young people. Even in the 80s, we were beginning to eat less healthy, move our bodies less and, on average, gain weight. I also remember my high school biology teacher, Mr. Dougal, speculate that in the future […]

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Founder Vesting

Two of the most important questions for companies being launched by more than one founder are: should founder shares be subject to vesting and, if yes, on what vesting schedule? For this post I assume the legal entity being formed is a corporation, which is the standard entity for a startup company.  But, the analysis […]

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Golf and Life

I first picked up a golf club at five years old, in 1975. My grandparents were avid golfers and they gave me a 9 iron. Back then, golf clubs  were rarely made for kids. My 9 iron was an adult club with a shaft cut down to 5-year old size. I remember it like it was […]

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Inward Nine

I’ve provided legal counsel to startup companies for nearly 25 years. I live in Seattle, a software town, and my work fits my town – most clients have been software companies, with some retail, telecom, medical device and biotech businesses as well. I’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge about the “nuts and bolts” of starting and running […]

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