Open Source Law & How To Reduce Startup Legal Costs
A frequent question I get asked by new entrepreneurs is some version of, "do you know a good, cheap lawyer to help me with ___________?" It turns out that the best thing you, as a non-attorney startup founder, can do to reduce legal costs is to learn a lot about the topic so you don't have to pay a lawyer $500 per hour to teach you.
How do you get smart fast?
A couple months ago I blogged about WSGR partner Yokum Taku's personal blog where he doles out free legal tips and even shares document templates and other advice. I highly recommend it. Well, what started out as a trickle is now a flow. Here are a few other law firms or partners that are posting "open source" startup legal tips:
- Foley Hoag on Massachusetts noncompete law.
- Foley Hoag on Startups.
- Technology Startup Law Blog by Sam Wu described as, "a down-to-earth legal resource for startups, emerging growth companies and venture capital firms."
- The Startup Lawyer by Ryan Roberts a corporate lawyer specializing in startups.
- Yokum Taku's blog (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Partner)
I'm sure there are a lot of others that I don't know of yet. If you've got 'em, post 'em here in the comments.