Blog Bite: Is Patenting Right for Me?

September 19, 2019
Now more than ever, companies are seeking to differentiate themselves on the basis of cutting-edge technology or radically different approaches to age-old problems and new problems alike. As such, i...

Forcing an Exit - Shot Gun Clause

July 25, 2019
For the first time in the Toronto Raptor’s twenty-four-year journey, the team made history by advancing to the NBA finals. In 1995, the vision of the founding members, John Bitove and Allan Slaight,...

Planning for the Death of a Shareholder

July 24, 2019
As an entrepreneur it is best practice to plan for the unexpected. Shareholders do not always remain with the business indefinitely. A shareholder may leave, sell or pass away.

Are unpaid internships legal?

June 20, 2019
Most jurisdictions’ employment legislation will suggest that, as a default, if someone is doing work for your company (and unless they’re in business for themselves), then they are an employee and...

Blog Bite: What's the Point of Committees?

January 11, 2019
The Board of Directors is allowed to set up committees, which are delegated certain responsibilities of the Board. These committees may consist of directors but also other individuals who are suited...

Blog Bite: What is a Section 83(b) Election?

January 04, 2019
Simply put, a Section 83(b) election is a tax code election made by someone who is receiving shares over time. Consider the following: if a founder just started a company, they might go on a three...

Do Not-for-Profit Directors Get Paid?

October 19, 2018
There can be a tendency for entrepreneurs making their initial foray into the not-for-profit (NFP) space to draw parallels and comparisons with their experiences and knowledge from the for-profit sp...

Knowledge Helpdesk Questions (Ongoing)

September 07, 2018
Legal drafting is hard!  Our organizational members can access our knowledge helpdesk.  This Is No Substitute for Expert Legal Advice:  Our knowledge-helpdesk is intended to assist you to find knowled...

Drake and Michael Jackson Controversy

July 30, 2018
Links from this article: Original Bullfrog Insurance article Our partner organization Bullfrog Insurance recently wrote an article on Drake'...

Paperchaser

July 19, 2018
Following the ethos of all our Clausehound products, our Paperchaser product is a 'blueprint' to a company's legal foundation.  Regardless of whether you are starting a bakery, restaurant, software bu...

Founders Agreements: Splitting that Za

July 12, 2018
So, you have a million - nay - a billion-dollar idea you’re trying to get to market, but you don’t know where to start. For starters, building a strong foundation  might begin by defining the business...

Canadian Innovation Exchange 2018

July 10, 2018
Links from this article: Event page Top 20 application page Our partner organization CIX is proud to be bringing back their annual growth-stage sta...

5 Things to Consider When Using a SAFE

July 09, 2018
The Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) has been gaining popularity  as a result of its use by seed accelerators such as Y Combinator in the US, and NACO in Canada. It has allowed startups to gr...

YEDI Spring 2018 Venture Fair

July 02, 2018
Links from this article: Event page Our partner organization YEDI is hosting their Spring 2018 Venture Fair. This will show off start-ups from the...

Overview of Founders' Agreement

July 01, 2018
What is this document? The Founders’ Agreement serves as a blueprint for how a business will be run by the founders before the founders officially begin doing business together. It captures the under...

Overview of SAFE

June 28, 2018
Simple Agreement for Future Equity   What is this document?   The SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) is an agreement allowing a Company to raise equity from Investor(s).   When would I us...

Blog Bite: What Is the Aim of a Vesting Provision?

June 18, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com illustrates the importance of ensuring that vesting provisions do not create a conflict of interest. Vesting provisions can be used by investors to...

Blog Bite: Are term sheets binding?

June 18, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com discusses the legal risks associated with letters of intent or term sheets, namely, that they can be found to be a binding agreement between the pa...

Making Mexico the Greatest Country

June 16, 2018
Links from this article: Original TwentyThirty article Rajah Lehal, Founder and CEO of Clausehound has an organizational role in activating...

YEDI Incubator Track Fall 2018

June 16, 2018
Links from this article: Program application page Our partner organization YEDI is proud to present the Fall 2018 Incubator Track! The Incu...

Blog Bite: What are the basics of an NDA?

June 11, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com provides a great foundation as to the basics of an NDA, the clauses within such an agreement, as well as the purpose of them. [insert page='footer...

Blog Bite: How Can I Protect Trade Secrets?

June 11, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com is all about the NDA and covers all the general information about NDAs; including what it is, why use it, when to use it, and how you use it. [ins...

Blog Bite: What are NDAs?

June 11, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com provides a comprehensive introduction to NDAs and answers common questions that businesses may be interested in. [insert page='footer1' display='c...

Blog Bite: What is a confidentiality agreement?

June 11, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com provides a section-by-section checklist on what should be contemplated within a confidentiality agreement. [insert page='footer1' display='content...

Payments 101 for Developers

June 04, 2018
Links from this article: Event page The Business Development Bank of Canada has shared us with this event hosted by Visa Canada. The focus...

Why Impact Investing Makes Sense

June 04, 2018
Links from this article: Original TwentyThirty article Rajah Lehal, Founder and CEO of Clausehound has an organizational role in activating...

Promissory Notes - What Are They and How Do They Work?

May 15, 2018
Sam owns a hardware store, and needs to buy 100 barbeque grills from Janet for a total of $40,000. He can’t afford the payment upfront although he can pay in eight instalments of $5,000 per month plus...

Blog Bite: Can a lost promissory note be enforced?

May 15, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses an Alabama Supreme Court decision that held that the assignee of a lost promissory note was entitled to rely on a lost note affidavit to...

Electronics Hamilton Meetup

May 14, 2018
Links from this article: Event page Our partner organization CoMotion is proud to host the Electronics Hamilton meetup! This will feature the stor...

'Mayors will Rule the World'

May 14, 2018
Links from this article: Original TwentyThirty article Rajah Lehal, Founder and CEO of Clausehound has an organizational role in activating...

Who would win? MLK versus Henry Ford

May 13, 2018
This past week, I as well as a group of respected colleagues, were confronted with the dilemma to choose between the following quotes to decide which of the two is more inspiring to me: “I have a drea...

Clausehound Site Slowness Resolved

May 05, 2018
We've upgraded one of our systems and in the process had server-related slowness and other issues. The problem is resolved and our site is running...

TribalScale's TakeOver Conference

May 04, 2018
Links from this article:TakeOver Information PageEvent registration pageOur partner organization TribalScale is proud to present TakeOver Conference 2018...

My Mic Drop Moment

May 04, 2018
Links from this article:Original Medium articleOriginally posted on Medium by Eric Janssen, who is a member of Founder’s Only and occasionally guest pos...

BaseCamp Program

April 30, 2018
Links from this article:BaseCamp event pageYork Angel InvestorsValhalla Private Capital GroupRandy Thompson's LinkedInWe at Clausehound are friends of Yo...

How to Make Great Customer Stories

April 15, 2018
Links from this article:Original LinkedIn articleIntellitixHubspot OnboardingZac Alsop articleOriginally posted on LinkedIn by Eric Janssen, who is a member of Founder’s Only and occasionally guest po...

Blog Bite: What constitutes a full and final release?

April 11, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com provides a general overview of full and final releases, distinguishing between two types: subrogated and direct releases. It also discusses when an...

Blog Bite: When is a release full and final?

April 11, 2018
This article posted to our partner site Mondaq.com deals with the question of whether a release that covered ‘all claims arising out of the services provided’, but which did not expressly refer to u...

Is My Contract Void if the Law Changes?

April 09, 2018
Suppose your business has had a long-standing contractual agreement with another party and both of you would like to continue to conduct business as per your agreement, but without either party’s know...

Fur’s Getting Ruffled by Smarter Folks

March 28, 2018
Links from this article:Legal Hackers Blockchain and Computational Learning FestivalBy now we think we're pretty smart - we've made it easier for folks to navigate and read one of the most complicated...

Angel Investing Trends as at Q1 2018

March 27, 2018
My thesis at Multiplicity when we started that nearly a decade ago, and my experience at Clausehound having received angel funding, and finally with our experience in nurturing angel investors throu...

Overview of Mutual Release Agreement

March 26, 2018
OVERVIEW OF MUTUAL RELEASE AGREEMENT   What is this document? A Mutual Release is an agreement between two parties in a dispute whereby both parties give up all known and unknown claims against the...

On Vacation (in Ontario)

March 09, 2018
If you haven’t seen Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” yet, suffice it to say that you don’t know how much you want to work in Italy. Their employment laws are extremely generous with...

Raising Capital For Your Startup

March 09, 2018
Every start-up founder should have a basic grasp of some of the ways they can secure financing for their company, so to that end let's take a crash course on some familiar and some not-so-familiar...

Generation Z Hamilton Networking Event

March 04, 2018
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization CoMotion is proud to host the Generation Z Hamilton Networking event. Young entrepreneurs will...

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Talk

March 04, 2018
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization CoMotion is excited to announce the next installment of this series of talks. Hosted by Salvat...

Being Your Own Customer - Perks and Pitfalls

March 04, 2018
Startup founders are often “sipping their own Kool Aid”. In the early days of a startup company, the founders often envision and believe with almost cult-like intensity in a product or market need tha...

The Best of TechTO 2018 - Exclusive Event

February 19, 2018
Links from this article:TechTO Event pageTechTO is one of the major regular tech meetups in Toronto, with big names and attendance at each one. This time...

What’s So Evil about Tipping?

February 19, 2018
Links from this article:Original TwentyThirty articleRajah Lehal, Founder and CEO of Clausehound has an organizational role in activating the BMW...

Happy Lunar New Year (of the Earth Dog)

February 19, 2018
Links from this article:TheChineseZodiac.orgWritten by Rajah Lehal With research by Thomas Southmayd   Happy Lunar New Year!   According to TheChineseZodiac.org, the Chinese Zodiac’s complexity “lies...

TechTO February Meetup

February 04, 2018
Links from this article:TechTO event pageAnother event brought to you by TechTO, this is their monthly meetup for February! There will be 4 speakers, a t...

StartupTech TO Meetup

February 04, 2018
Links from this article:StartupTech event pageOne can never attend too many networking events! This one will be taking place at Spaces Queen West. It wil...

UX for Entrepreneurs

February 04, 2018
Links from this article: Legal Innovation Zone event page User experience is key to attracting and keeping new customers, and perfecting yours is im...

Workplace Wellness Programs for Startups

February 04, 2018
Links from this article: Original Collage article In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on healthy workplace cultures that promo...

Doing More with Less, and Less with More

February 04, 2018
This week my beloved Clausehound.com was accepted into the CTA New York accelerator.  Our small team has been scattered around the countryside this month with team members in Ottawa, Toronto, Boston,...

Overview of Advisor Agreement

January 31, 2018
What is this document? An Advisor Agreement (also known as a Contractor Agreement) is used to establish the terms and conditions of the service relationship between a company and an individual or ano...

Blog Bite: How Will GDPR Affect Canadian Business?

January 26, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses how the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is soon to take effect, meaning Canadian businesses who handle the perso...

Blog Bite: Introduction To Canada's PIPEDA

January 26, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses how, on July 1, 1983, Canada’s Privacy Act was introduced to regulate how federal government institutions managed personal information. On...

Blog Bite: How Will The GDPR Affect M&A?

January 26, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses the implentation of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the coming months. Special attention must be paid tow...

Blog Bite: Privacy Law: 2017 In Review

January 26, 2018
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses how the Canadian privacy law underwent many changes in 2017. To ensure your privacy policies are secure, David B. Elder and Michael Rosenst...

Blueprint

January 26, 2018
Following the ethos of all our Clausehound products, this 'blueprint' is designed to guide, and creates a trail, both for new businesses to follow, and also supply new employees at an existing busines...

Playbooks

January 26, 2018
Custom Curriculum for Each User Related Articles for Additional Knowledge and Quick Referencing Step-By-Step Instructions to Guide Even the Most inexperienced Individuals A framework that walk...

Small Business Law Library

January 26, 2018
Over 150 Legal Contracts Tens of Thousands of Clauses, Articles and Legal Commentary Download and Edit Documents for Quick and Easy Access   A library of legal contracts, clauses and articles...

Pick of the Litter: How Do Plants Feel?

January 21, 2018
The 'Hound is sniffing out cool innovations for you. Journey I had the pleasure this weekend of judging the 2017 IBK Business Plan competition which brings MBA students from around the world in...

Social Media Workshop with The Startup Coach

January 21, 2018
Links from this article: Event page Our partner organization the Legal Innovation Zone has shared this event on improving your social media presence. Hosted by Craig Major from the Startup Coach, le...

AI Anyone? How are Toronto Startups are Taking It On

January 21, 2018
Links from this article: Event page Our partner organization the Legal Innovation Zone has shared this event on AI. 5 high level company executives will be talking about how you can enhance your cus...

Artificial Intelligence: The Future is NOW

January 21, 2018
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization the Legal Innovation Zone has shared this event on AI. This event will feature 5 experience sp...

Giving and Getting Advice

January 20, 2018
I had the pleasure this weekend of judging the 2017 IBK Business Plan competition which brings MBA students from around the world in a head to head elimination competition, showcasing the next big thi...

Clausehound and Ryerson Zone Learning join forces!

January 18, 2018
Clausehound is excited to announce its collaboration with Ryerson Zone Learning in providing start-up businesses with legal tools required to succeed. We’re celebrating this new achievement by sharing...

From Student to Entrepreneur, and Back

January 13, 2018
And what an education it was. I never considered myself to be the entrepreneurial “type” – whatever that means. My vision for how my career would unfold was extraordinarily ordinary: finish undergrad,...

Clausehound and Seneca HELIX join forces!

January 12, 2018
Clausehound is excited to announce its collaboration with HELIX in providing start-up businesses with legal tools required to succeed. We’re cel...

Long Roadmaps Kill Innovation

January 07, 2018
Links from this article:Original article on Medium.comOriginally posted on Medium.com by Navid Nathoo. Whether you’re building innovative products at large companies or small startups, you shouldn’t h...

Chat about Bitcoin, Crypto, and more

January 06, 2018
Links from this article:CoMotion event pageOur partner organization CoMotion is hosting a talk about Bitcoin and blockchains! Hosted at CoMotion on King...

Angel investors - guiding you through the abyss

December 30, 2017
So you have an idea. It starts in your head and your excitement leads you to bring it to the world. You describe it to some folks.  Some of those folks understand it, some don’t.  Some question you...

Late Night Musings

December 23, 2017
Links from this article:Original post on medium.comOriginally posted on Medium.com by Alkarim Nasser. “Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” — Alf...

Blog Bite: What Constitutes Just Cause for Dismissal?

December 21, 2017
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com outlines the circumstances that give rise to just cause for termination. Just cause for termination will be found where there is breakdown of the i...

HackerNest Brampton January Tech Social

December 15, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization is hosting a tech meetup in Brampton! Join them for a night of casual conversation with other tech enthusiasts at Rose Thea...

HackerNest Kitchener-Waterloo January Tech Social

December 15, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization is hosting a tech meetup in Kitchener-Waterloo! Join them for a night of casual conversation with other tech enthusiasts at...

Global Start-Up Missions

December 15, 2017
Links from this article: Original YEDI article Our partner organization York Entrepreneurship Development Institution is opening application...

To My Younger Self

December 15, 2017
Links from this article: Original Medium.com article Originally posted on Medium.com by Navid Nathoo. Growing up is confusing. This is a guide to help you, probably a high school student, navigate y...

Pattern Matching

December 11, 2017
Links from this article:Spirals videoJourney into Hiring Diversity article0 to 100 Real Quick articleI just watched this video on spirals and it struck me that pattern matching is very important to us...

Fishackathon

December 08, 2017
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization HackerNest is proud to sponsor Fishackathon! Fishackathon, happening February 10-11, is lookin...

ROI Tips for Your Social Media Platforms

December 08, 2017
Links from this article:Original Bullfrog Insurance articleOur partner organization Bullfrog Insurance recently posted an article on getting the m...

Razzle Dazzle: A CoMotion Holiday Party

December 01, 2017
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization is excited to announce their annual Razzle Dazzle! This December 19th in Hamilton, this...

Chat About Bitcoin and More

December 01, 2017
Links from this article:Event pageOur partner organization CoMotion is hosting a talk about Bitcoin and blockchains! Hosted at CoMotion on King by...

Bringing Coworkers Together

December 01, 2017
Links from this article:Original CoMotion articleOur partner organization CoMotion features an article on the events that tie a coworking space to...

4 Ways You Can Make Ontario's ESA Work Better for You

November 27, 2017
There are only four allowable circumstances in which an employer and employee may enter into an agreement to vary from the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) standards. All agreements should: N...

Ontario: Statutory Requirements for Employee Hours

November 27, 2017
Last updated Jan, 2018. After the standard exchange of “hello”s and “how are you”s when meeting someone for the first time, it won’t be too long until an awkward lull in the conversation prompts some...

5 Tips to Avoid Holiday Burnout

November 25, 2017
Links from this article: Original Bullfrog article Our partner organization Bullfrog Insurance put out this article right before its mention...

HackerNest Toronto November Tech Social

November 25, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization HackerNest is hosting a tech meetup in Toronto! Join them for a night of cas...

HackerNest Montreal November Tech Social

November 25, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization HackerNest is hosting a tech meetup in Montreal! Join them for a night of ca...

TechTO Meetup

November 25, 2017
Links from this article: TechTO event page Our partner organization Tech Toronto is having their next meeting on December 4th. Many CEOs and founders have spoken at these monthly events, with anot...

Researching Openness

November 25, 2017
Links from this article: Fireside chat with Mike Cannon-Brookes Atlassian Summit 2015 Atlassian Openness video Atlassian Company Values I’ve been researching the concept of “openness” in organizatio...