It was an offer we couldn’t refuse. Gray Plant Mooty, a law firm known for its support of Minnesota’s startup community, recently offered to pitch in to help out the startups and entrepreneurs that are part of the CoCo community. Given how important legal matters are to the survival of any business, this is a huge win!
Starting in 2013, Gray Plant Mooty will be a more visible and helpful presence at CoCo in a few ways:
Joining as members
You may have noticed that several members of the firm’s Entrepreneurial Services Group have been coworking on a regular basis as CoCo members. This will continue in 2013. If you meet them, please extend them a warm welcome.
“Ask an Attorney” open office hours
One afternoon each month, a Gray Plant Mooty attorney will hold open office hours at CoCo Minneapolis. CoCo members will be able to get a free consultation on many business- or intellectual-property-related legal questions.
“Wise Counsel” class series
Starting Jan. 22, Gray Plant Mooty attorneys will teach a series of classes on startup- and technology-related topics. Held at CoCo Minneapolis, these classes will be free for CoCo members and available to non-members for a nominal fee. The firm will even provide lunch!
- Most common mistakes in startups
- Start me up! Practical advice on getting started in business (incl. formation, financing, IP, other legal & business issues)
- Agreements for development work (Mike’s Marx Brothers schtick)
- Business formation 101
- Pitching/presenting to investors
- Hiring: So, you’re making your first hire! Now what?
- Building a board of advisors/directors
“From Aristotle to Groucho: Negotiating Effective IT Contracts”
Instructors: Mike Cohen and Karen Wenzel
How you buy your tech can have a big impact on your company’s future.
Come for a lively and unconventional* discussion of key issues and concerns that organizations big and small should consider when acquiring computer software, systems or related technology and services. This session will help you to plan more efficiently for procurement and employ contract terms and conditions that help you lessen your risk in technology transactions.
*Warning: could involve attorneys doing Groucho Marx impressions