Nixon Peabody Event for Startups

“War Stories”: Avoiding mistakes and protecting yourselves when raising money


Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: 8:00–10:00 a.m.
Location: Melville Marriott, 1350 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, NY 11747
Contact: Daniel Ciszek

Capital is a startup’s fuel. Errors made in the organization or running of your business, or during the capital raising process, can make the entire difference between success and failure. And, even if successful at raising money, unhappy investors or federal or state securities’ regulators can reach back around and turn success into business-ending trouble. Please join us to learn from the mistakes that other startups have made, how to maximize your chances of raising money, and how to avoid liability and litigation. We’ll address key questions, including:

  • How do you organize and run your business in a way that will be most appealing to investors?
  • What mistakes do startups make in the capital raising process that torpedo success?
  • How do you raise capital without inviting liability and litigation?
  • What are the “war stories” that will avoid the repeating of others’ mistakes?


Harvey Brofman
Nine 4-Bit Slices and ++Integrated Tactics

Allan H. Cohen
Nixon Peabody LLP
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Dan Polner
Incubator Advocate
Stony Brook University Office of Economic Development
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John Kominicki
Publisher & Editor in Chief
Innovate Long Island