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Having a successful business is dependent on all the circumstances surrounding the business. As a business owner himself, Eric J. Proos, has compiled a list of some of the most helpful links for businesses. Whether you are a start-up looking for funding (Y Combinator), in the process of working with venture capital firms (NVCA), or have simple questions about the California Secretary of State, the list below should help you.

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Y Combinator

Y Combinator is a startup accelerator that launched in 2005. It has helped companies such as Stripe, Airbnb, DoorDash, Dropbox, and Twitch. “Y Combinator introduced the safe (simple agreement for future equity) in late 2013, and since then, it has been used by almost all YC startups and countless non-YC startups as the main instrument for early-stage fundraising.”[1]

Check out Y Combinator’s website regarding Safe Financing Documents here if you are seeking to award equity in the future.

National Venture Capital Association

“As the voice of the U.S. venture capital and startup community, NVCA advocates for public policy that supports the American entrepreneurial ecosystem. Serving the venture community as the preeminent trade association, NVCA arms the venture community for success, serving as the leading resource for venture capital data, practical education, peer-led initiatives, and networking.”[2]

NVCA’s website includes an abundance of helpful information for any business looking to work with venture capital firms. In addition to its amazing network, the NCVA has a large library of model legal documents found here.

California Secretary of State

For whatever reason most potential business owners, or established business owners, do not use the California Secretary of State’s website as a resource for their business. The Secretary of State’s website provides valuable information ranging from a fee scheduleforms for all types of entitiesbusiness name availability and reservation informationentity filing tips, and a frequently asked questions section, just to name a few.

The Secretary of State also has a “Starting A Business Checklist”. Which every new business owner should review to see what the State has to say.

Remember that all the links provided are generic and intended to provide information for the masses, so you should contact counsel, or call EJP Law, P.C., to discuss the specifics of your business. We are here to help you along your path to become a business owner, or to fight for your rights in court.