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Gray Plant Mooty brings “Wise Counsel” to CoCo

Gray Plant Mooty brings “Wise Counsel” to CoCo

Gray Plant Mooty’s Entrepreneurial Services Group includes Mike Cohen (front left), Karen Wenzel (front right), Dan Tannenbaum (back left), Max Bremer (back right) and Chris Carlisle (not pictured).

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!

Survey results!
Thanks everyone who weighed in on potential topics. Below are the highest-rated topics, in order of popularity.
  • 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
Next event:
“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

Eventbrite - "From Aristotle to Groucho: Negotiating Effective IT Contracts"

Serving up smarts

Serving up smarts

“Knowledgeable experts standing behind a bar, answering your questions for free. What a novel idea! We’ll call it Genius Bar. What’s that? The name is taken? Alright, Mr. Lawyer-pants, we’ll find a different name.”

And thus the Smart Bar was born.

Smart Bar is a little thing we’ll do once a week in Minneapolis, in which CoCo members will have access to free advice from experts within and outside the CoCo community. We’ll set up some stools at the welcome desk and you’ll be free to sidle up and drink all the knowledge you can.

The Smart Bar will be open on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. If it does well, we’ll certainly consider doing it more often. You can’t have too much smarts, right?

Our coworking librarian Meg Knodl will be serving up smarts on Wed., Aug.17. Bring her any business or market research questions you might have!

Other smarties on the docket include: