HamOnt ML

November 18, 2017
Links from this article: CoMotion event page Our partner organization CoMotion is excited to announce their HamOnt ML event on December 2! The first machine learning conference to take place in H...

HackerNest Ottawa November Tech Social

November 18, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization is hosting a tech meetup in Ottawa! Join them for a night of casual conversation with other tech enthusiasts at Colony VR!...

HackerNest Peterborough November Tech Social

November 18, 2017
Links from this article: HackerNest event page Our partner organization is hosting a tech meetup in Peterborough! Join them for a night of casual conversation with other tech enthusiasts at Retro...

Who Are We?

November 18, 2017
Links from this article:SWAN articleBob Ferchat's articleMcKinsey and Company ValuesOur team is growing at my beloved Clausehound.com, and that is great.  It is no longer a big panic to get from versi...

The Top 5 Keys to Coworking

November 17, 2017
Links from this article:Original CoMotion articleOur partner organization CoMotion features an article on how to get the most out of coworking. A...

Thales Student Innovation Championship

November 10, 2017
Links from this article:Original StartUp Here Toronto articleCompetition details and registration pageOur partner organization recently featured a...

RIP: Traditional 9-5 Work Hours

November 10, 2017
Links from this article:Original Bullfrog Insurance articleOur partner organization Bullfrog Insurance recently published an article on the declin...

Side-Hustling Your Way Into a New Career

November 10, 2017
Links from this article: Lawyer to Yoga Instructor article Previous blog on meditation For this week's Founder's Only I dug into Faheem's podcast archives.  Faheem is a member of Founder's Only, and...

Common Binding Terms in a Letter of Intent

November 10, 2017
Negotiating a contract can be a messy process. Parties often need to engage in several rounds of back-and-forth negotiation to find a mutually satisfactory deal, and many details are not settled until...

Pre-emptive Rights - Who Do They Benefit?

November 10, 2017
What is a Pre-emptive Rights Clause? Pre-emptive rights clauses can protect existing shareholders from the dilution of their proportionate holdings, and is a type of protection sought by founders and...

Blog Bite: When is a letter of intent binding?

November 09, 2017
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com highlights how important it is for parties to clearly state their intentions when drafting a letter of intent (LOI). Parties may intend for an LOI...

Blog Bite: Letters of intent, binding or non binding?

November 09, 2017
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com illustrates how a letter of intent (LOI) can be interpreted as either binding, or non-binding on both parties. To avoid drafting a legally binding...

Blog Bite: How Do I Negotiate a Share Purchase or M&A?

November 09, 2017
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com contextualizes the role of the letter of intent in the negotiation process, orders the series of events that take place in most negotiations involv...

Letter of Intent / Investor Term Sheet

November 03, 2017
Letter of Intent / Investor Term Sheet   What is this document? A Letter of Intent (often referred to as an LOI) or an Investor Term Sheet is a document that is often used between a potential inves...

Tech4SickKids Initiative

November 03, 2017
Links from this article: North of 41 announcement Tickets for Event Our partner organization North of 41 is proud to support the Tech4SickKi...

Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

November 03, 2017
Links from this article: Original Collage article Our partner organization Collage has released an article on managing medical marijuana in...

The Co-Founder Relationship

November 03, 2017
Links from this article: Julie's podcast series Part 1 of co-founder series Part 2 of co-founder series Part 3 of co-founder series Julie Zuzek 'the Corporate Yogi' and I have been friends for nearl...

Why do you enter into legal agreements?

October 31, 2017
What is this document? This is one of clausehound.coms legal templates. Feel free to scroll through the contract and determine whether the template is useful for your needs. You can login and browse...

TSX Ignite Event in Waterloo

October 27, 2017
Links from this article: Event page Our partner organization North of 41, along with TSX and Accelerator Centre, are hosting an event on PR strategies for growing startups and businesses. This wi...

Student Entrepreneur National Competition

October 27, 2017
Links from this article: Enactus Competition page Nomination page Our partner organization Enactus is opening applications for their 20th annual Student Entrepreneurship National Competition. Ful...

Five ideas for getting talent right

October 27, 2017
Links from this article: Original post on ImpactAlpha Originally posted on ImpactAlpha, Ryan is a the Principal of RGL Strategic, co-founder of CanadaHelps and a member of Founder's Only. A couple...

Lot42 Grand Opening

October 20, 2017
Links from this article: Lot42 homepage Lot42 Grand Opening event registration page Our collaborator Lot42 is excited to announce their grand opening! In less than 24 hours, Lot42 will be celebra...

On the road again

October 20, 2017
Links from this article:Original post by Dominic on Startups & Venture Capital Originally posted on Startups & Venture Capital, Dominic is the Founder of TWG and a member of Founder's Only.  Domin...

Dividends: What, When, How?

October 18, 2017
Dividend structuring and timing are making headlines presently. (For example:  The Globe and Mail:  Ottawa to rein in income 'sprinkling' by wealthy Canadians and the Financial Post: What the new ‘in...

Three reasons to declare the business of your company

October 17, 2017
As lawyers we are often guiding our clients on defining the “business of the company”, so I thought I’d write a post on this topic.   “Business of the company” is formally declared in several circum...

When to say no: The Right of First Refusal

October 17, 2017
We are often asked about the right of first refusal clause (ROFR), and so we thought it would be useful to survey the features of a right of first refusal clause here. For a business with shareholder...

Liquidation Preference: Cashing Out

October 17, 2017
A liquidation preference is a commonly requested investor term. The idea around a liquidation preference is that the investor will receive their funds out of the business prior to the existing shareho...

When is it time to change your corporation's name?

October 17, 2017
We had previously written an article on the selection of a business name, and as well a second article on defending your business name.  I thought I would write an article about changing a company’...

Breaking Down Share Issuance Step by Step

October 17, 2017
This article provides an overview of the steps involved in issuing shares, once the negotiations with investors have been completed. To summarize, the process includes the following steps: 1) Subscri...

TechTO October Meetup

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: TechTO Meetup event page Our partner organization Tech Toronto is having their next meeting on October 16th. Many CEOs and founders have spoken at these monthly events, wit...

Find What You Love And Let It Kill You

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: Original LinkedIn article Originally posted on LinkedIn by Chris Snoyer, who is a member of Founder's Only and occasionally guest posts here. I was grabbing a coffee at Le...

Dividends: What, When, How?

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: Globe and Mail article Financial Post article Dividend structuring and timing are making headlines presently. (For example:  The Globe and Mail:  Ottawa to rein in income 's...

Western Accelerator

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: University of Western Accelerator page Application page Our partner organization, the University of Western, is excited to announce their newest accelerator! The Western...

Customer Loyalty: the Golden Rules

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: Original Futurpreneur article Our partner organization Futurpreneur published an article on customer loyalty. It has a razor sharp focus on how entrepreneurs should find,...

Spotlight on: Toronto's Fashion Startup Ecosystem

October 13, 2017
Links from this article: Original Enterprise Toronto article Our partner organization Enterprise Toronto has recently published an article on the Fashion industry in Toronto. In 30 years, the fas...

Digital Marketing: Unhealthy Habits

October 06, 2017
Links from this article: Original Bullfrog article Our partner organization Bullfrog Insurance has very recently published a piece on how to improve your online reach. It explores topics such as...

The New One Percent Is Giving

October 06, 2017
As soon as I met Jennifer and Upside Foundation of Canada, I liked what they were all about.  Their foundation promotes the allocation of 1% of your company’s equity to a charitable purpose.  Reservin...

Enterprise Toronto's Small Business Marketing Forum

September 29, 2017
Links from this article:Event Registration Page - With 50% Off!Our partner organization Enterprise Toronto is now selling tickets for their new event, Small Business Marketing Forum. Learn from market...

YEDI's Not For Profit Track 2017

September 29, 2017
Links from this article: YEDI Not For Profit Track Registration Page YEDI Not For Profit Track Event Page Our partner organization YEDI is now accepting applications from innovative not-for-profit...

Why I Buy Beers I Can't Afford

September 29, 2017
Links from this article: Original Linkedin article Originally posted on Linkedin, with additional comments from discussions with Founders Only. When you’re a young, broke student, beers are like go...

Slack vs Microsoft Teams: Which Do You Prefer?

September 29, 2017
Links from this article:Original Bullfrog Insurance articleOur partner organization Bullfrog Insurance has released a new article about the two most popular collaboration tools. This article compares...

YEDI Youth Entrepreneurship Program

September 15, 2017
Links from this article: Event Page Application Page Our partner organization YEDI is excited to announce their new entrepreneurship program. Open t...

How Transcendental Meditation Taught Me to Take Risks

September 15, 2017
Links from this article:Original Huffington Post ArticleOrignally posted on Huffington Post, with additional notes as provided to Founders Only. Image by John Kelsey Transcendental meditation is havi...

Who to hire? Independent Contractor vs. employee

September 15, 2017
Links from this article: Collage Article Our partner organization Collage recently wrote an article about classification of employees versus independent contractors. There are many intricacies i...

Five Key Factors to Start-Up Success

September 15, 2017
Links from this article:Futurpreneur ArticleOur partner organization Futurpreneur has published an article on helpful reminders for entrepreneurs....

TechTO September Meetup

September 08, 2017
Links from this article: TechToronto Events In just 10 days time, our partner organization TechToronto will be hosting their next event. Many CEOs a...

Buying and Selling Shares - Investor Disclosure

September 08, 2017
Links from this article: CanLII Case And:  What Investors Should Know About Their Rights When Dealing With Brokers There are compelling reasons to invest in a startup company’s shares. But with...

Things I learned Running INFINITI Lab

September 08, 2017
Links from this article: Original Multiplicity Article This article was originally posted by Chris on Multiplicity. INFINTI Lab is all wrapped up and it was a wonderful experience. I had the fortu...

Blog Bite: What is Technology Transfer?

September 06, 2017
This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com discusses how, though details vary from transaction to transaction, agreements affecting technology transfers contain two essential elements: the s...

Overview of IP Transfer Agreement

September 06, 2017
Overview of IP Transfer Agreement   What is this document? An IP Transfer Agreement is an agreement between an individual or corporation transferring its intellectual property to another individual...

Life, In Chapters

September 01, 2017
Links from this article: Original Medium article Resposted from Assaf's original post on Medium. “If you want to make God laugh, tell them about your plans.” — Woody Allen When it rains, it pours. [...

How Coworking Ignites the Freelance Fire

September 01, 2017
Links from this article:CoMotion ArticleOur partner organization CoMotion has posted a blog article on how you can motivate yourself. This article...

List of Important Terms in an IP Transfer Agreement

September 01, 2017
Dear [INSERT NAME OF CLIENT],   The IP Transfer Agreement is in progress of being drafted and I wanted to provide a high-level list of what provisions will be included in your IP Transfer Agreement...

Mapping to Checklist - IP Transfer

August 31, 2017
To map a checklist into an agreement: Read through the agreement clause by clause. After reading each clause, find the relevant section of the checklist. Using the comment function in Word, note...

Walking Away

August 25, 2017
I like starting things, I don’t like ending them.  So maybe I’m not the right person to be writing a post on walking away.  But I've seen many businesses begin and  fail.  On my way home from work t...

HamOnt JS 2017

August 25, 2017
Links from this article: Event Page At the end of September our partner organization CoMotion are hosting a low cost javascript conference. This eve...

CoMotion State Of The Motion 2017!

August 25, 2017
Links from this article: Event Page In mid September our partner organization CoMotion are hosting a birthday part for the CoMotion coworking space....

Getting Employees Focused

August 18, 2017
Links from this article: Bullfrog Insurance Article Out partner organization Bullfrog Insurance recently posted an article about creating a...

Social media – it’s for lawyers too!

August 18, 2017
Links from this article:LIZ ArticleOur partner organization the Legal Innovation Zone posted an article about the impact that widespread social me...

Time Off Benchmarks in Canada

August 18, 2017
Links from this article:Collage ArticleOur partner organization Collage has put out and article about how companies manage the time off given to e...

Journey into Hiring Diversity

August 11, 2017
There was a call today asking for Sundar to resign from the CEO role of Google around, as the New York Times has phrased it, 'diversity drama'.  Diversity is a touchy subject these days, and we were...

0 to 100 Real Quick

August 04, 2017
This article was originally posted on Medium.  Additional notes added within this Founder's Journey column. Amazing news this week from the Tribe! We just hit the century mark for the number of emplo...

LeapIN: The Final Leap!

August 04, 2017
Links from this article:LeapJunction ArticleOur partner organization leapJunction has published an article detailing the successes of their most r...

Mobile Security Tips for Business

August 04, 2017
Links from this article: Bullfrog Insurance Article Our partner organization Bullfrog Insurance has published an article about increasing yo...

YEDI Youth Application

July 21, 2017
Links from this article:YEDI ApplicationOur partner organization YEDI, has opened up a call for applications for a youth business incubator. YEDI is seek...

Exciting Ways to Market a Boring Brand

July 21, 2017
Links from this article:LogoJoy Blog ArticleOur partner organization LogoJoy, has published an article on exciting ways to market a boring brand....

Leadership Lessons from the CEO of Uber

July 21, 2017
Links from this article:Bullfrog Insurance ArticleOur partner organizations Bullfrog Insurance has given some thought to the recent departure of t...

One Eleven Tech Summer Social

July 14, 2017
Links from this article:Event PageOur partner organization One Eleven is a fellow community organizer. We have attended the past two years of this event...

Leap IN: We’re Halfway There

July 14, 2017
Links from this article:Leapjunction articleOur partner organization Leap Junction, has published an article on the Leap IN progress. In the artic...

Diminishing Returns

July 07, 2017
Links from this article: Medium Founder's Only Here’s something you learn when building teams: at a certain point, growing the team adds to its capabilities by frustratingly less than you thought....

How can a contract dispute be resolved?

July 07, 2017
Links from this article: Dispute Resolution Agreement Commercial Arbitration Act Small Business Law Library When you're involved in a contractu...

7 Ways to Cut Group Benefits Costs

July 05, 2017
Links from this article:CollageOur partner organization Collage, has published an article on how to reduce group benifits costs. In the article, C...

Tech TO at RBC Waterpark Place

June 29, 2017
Links from this article:https://www.techtoronto.org/In July, our partner organization TechTO will be hosting their monthly networking. This will be a nig...

Startup Fest 2017

June 29, 2017
Links from this article: Startup Fest 2017 In July, our partner organization StartupHere has asked us to remind you that StartupFest, will be hosti...

Health TO Meetup

June 29, 2017
Links from this article: HealthTO For all entrepreneurs in the healthy industry, be sure to check out our partner TechTO's HealthTO meetup, an even...

StartupTech Unleashed, at Cisco

June 29, 2017
Links from this article: Startup Tech Unleashed In July, our partner StartUp Tech Unleashed will be hosting their monthly networking event at Cisco...

No More Wax On, Wax Off

June 26, 2017
Links from this article: Blue J Legal Sentiment Assessment Technology Ideal.com Playbooks I was recently asked to speak at Big Data Toronto on the topic of machine learning and AI, and I decided to...

What is a 'permanent' full time position?

June 23, 2017
Links from this article: Employment Agreement Ontario's Employment Standards Act Are you covered by the ESA? Small Business Law Library In today’s job market, finding semi-regular employment can b...

How broadly should an arbitration clause be worded?

June 02, 2017
ACTION FOR DEFAMATION FALLS WITHIN SCOPE OF BROADLY WORDED ARBITRATION CLAUSE 9302-7654 Québec inc. (Team Productions) c. Bieber 2017 QCCS 1100 (CanLII) A Quebec court ruled that an action for damag...

What should I look for in a commercial lease?

May 19, 2017
Links from this article: Commercial Lease Small Business Law Library While most commercial leases are standard, you should still be careful about what you sign. The fine print matters, and every c...

How to Get Cheap Office Space!

May 08, 2017
Links from this article: Bullfrog Insurance Clausehound’s partner organization, Bullfrog Insurance, discusses ways that growing organization...

What rights can you not sign away in a contract?

May 05, 2017
Links from this article: IP Transfer Agreement Software Development Agreement Non-Disclosure Agreement Small Business Law Library [insert page='CTA 1: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRANSFER' display='cont...

Welcome to the cloud, Toronto

April 27, 2017
Links from this article: Welcome to the cloud, Toronto Clausehound’s partner organization, StartupHere Toronto, has shared a blog on a Toront...

Toronto - A City That Makes Makers!

April 10, 2017
Links from this article: StartUp HERE Toronto Clausehound’s partner organization, StartUp HERE, has written a blog about Toronto’s rich entre...

Name a social impact business!

April 07, 2017
Links from this article: Etsy IPO Patagonia Ben and Jerry I recently chatted with some folks at LinkedIn and their messaging around business visio...

Overview of Software Development Agreement

April 06, 2017
Overview of Software Development Agreement   What is this document? A Software Development Agreement is an agreement between a developer and a customer, where the developer will be developing softw...

Overview of Referral Agreement

April 06, 2017
Overview of Referral Agreement   What is this document? A Referral Agreement is an agreement between companies or individuals who refer potential clients or leads to the other party, in exchange fo...

Overview of Promissory Note

April 06, 2017
Overview of Promissory Note   What is this document? A promissory note is a promise to pay money.   When would I use this document? Promissory notes can be used whenever one person owes another...

Overview of Employment Agreement

April 06, 2017
Overview of Employment Agreement   What is this document? An Employment Agreement is used to establish the relationship between an employer and an existing or new employee. It includes the obligati...

Overview of Share Purchase Agreement

April 06, 2017
Overview of Share Purchase Agreement   What is this document? A Share Purchase Agreement is an agreement for the sale/purchase of shares.   When would I use this document? A Share Purchase Agree...