Cloud storage continues to emerge as the go-to repository for document and data storage. Yet, questions remain about the security and privacy aspects of these sites.

Media attention abounds about hacked databases, data compromises and other intrusions by nefarious internet actors. This has created a torrent of concerns about the secure nature of Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and other prominent cloud-based applications.

Here at Equa Start, privacy and security considerations are of the highest importance as we enable businesses to become highly skilled in the navigation of compliance and governance documents.

The Equa data rooms are designed to expedite…


Data rooms are cloud applications that facilitate the secure storage and sharing of confidential information, including business documents. These virtual constellations are now the norm and are rapidly replacing the need for actual physical documentation.

Properly administered, these systems represent an additional layer of security for business documents. They can also reduce friction when it comes to the movement of documents contributing to the speed and execution of a transaction.

Essentially, a data room acts as a hub for all sorts of engagements that require a robust and secure environment for storage, management, and sharing of business information. …


Whenever a new business is launched, it’s long-term survival is a key aim. This is symbolized by a “Built to Last” mentality, a theme popularized by management guru Jim Collins, co-author of a popular business book by the same name.

The evolution of a business can be very ephemeral and uncertain. Moreover, poorly designed systems, mismanagement, and neglect can quickly sink a company. This symbolizes a terribly weak, fragile infrastructure. For often it’s not outside influence that destroys a company but rather inside neglect.

In his bestselling book Antifragile, author and prominent thought-leader Nassim Taleb explores a concept known as…


Delivering proactive, highly personalized service is a hallmark of Equa’s value proposition to clients. In this brief Q&A, we asked customer success team members, Kyle Croyle, and Andrea Stevens, to discuss their approach to delivering exceptional service during the client onboarding stage and beyond.

What does a typical day look like for the two of you?

Kyle: While Cap Tables are a key element of what we do for clients, there are so many other areas where we can deliver value. This isn’t the type of stuff that’s taught in any school. …


What Is Common Stock?

Common stock is a form of corporate ownership shares that serve as a claim on profits (dividends). When a corporation earns a profit or windfall, it is able to re-invest it back into the business. It can also direct a portion of the profit in the form of a dividend to shareholders.

Investors generally receive one vote per owned share to elect board members who have oversight over management decisions. Voting allows them to influence corporate policy and management issues.

What Is Preferred Stock?

With preferred stocks, shareholders typically have no voting rights nor control over…


Funding is the lifeblood of a business. For without a sustainable financial foundation, one’s likelihood of entrepreneurial success is greatly diminished.

Seed funding is just one of a number of financial pipelines to tap into. In brief, it’s a form of securities offering where an investor pours capital in a startup in return for an equity stake in the company.

The goal? To provide new and emerging entrepreneurial ventures with capital for things like management team salaries, R&D, proof-of-concept, prototype development, and beta testing, among others.

Series A, Series B, and Series C represents the compendium of business funding rounds…


Launching a new business? Putting in long hours?

Congratulations.

Now for the not so good news: You’re likely going to have a few bumps and hurdles along the way.

As an entrepreneur the possibilities for errors are endless: Like failing to file important compliance documents. Or overlooking an important tax filing deadline. How about blowing through all of your startup funding.

When these and other mishaps occur, it’s so easy to write them off as simply another case of “we didn’t know what we didn’t know.”

But here’s the good news:

Every mistake you make is a learning moment

Below…


Startups, emerging enterprises, and aspiring entrepreneurs are increasing at the crosshairs of a messy challenge, namely, how to create an orderly, secure, single source of truth for their documents and agreements.

We recently asked Equa Start Vice-President Sten Wie, to share a few brief thoughts on the herculean efforts taking place at Equa START to deliver a fresh set of solutions around this prevailing issue.

What’s the fundamental problem Equa Start is trying to solve?

The problem we are solving ties back to a knowledge gap among entrepreneurs and business owners around running a company efficiently and compliantly from a…


Vital to the success of a growing enterprise is the effective management of employment documents. This process, however, if not structured properly, can evolve into a highly chaotic and messy proposition.

Typically under the auspices of an HR Department, the purpose of these documents is to clarify the rights, accountabilities, and expectations for successful workforce engagement. Part of the employee record, they play a critical role in ensuring consistency in how workplace policies, procedures, and practices are applied.

These are among the documents commonly used to codify an employment relationship:

  • Employee Handbooks
  • I-9 Employment Verification
  • At-Will
  • Independent Contractor
  • Workplace Harassment


Maintaining a clean, paper trail of securities transactions is a prevailing issue for many companies. At the nexus of this is SEC Rule 144, which stipulates that certain conditions must be met in order for the sale of securities to take place.

The effective tracking of securities is vital for private companies seeking to enter the public marketplace. Steering clear of knotty compliance issues and delays pursuant to any SEC due diligence reviews is paramount.

A key qualifier for the Rule 144 exemption is meeting the holding period for each security issued prior to resale. Pursuant to the Securities Exchange…

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