FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, I helped entrepreneurs navigate the challenge of growing businesses and raising capital without losing control to outside investors. Having grown up in the home of an entrepreneur, it was natural that my law practice would focus on helping people who make things happen.
Over my career, I advised entrepreneurs and venture investors in Georgia, Florida, Maryland, New York, Texas, California, the European Union and elsewhere. I also wrote a book - The Venture Magazine Complete Guide to Venture Capital - that morphed into an acclaimed series of Growth Company Guides that are now in their 5th edition. And, to promote venture investment in my home of Atlanta, Georgia, I co-founded what is now the oldest and largest trade association of venture and private equity investors in the Southeast.
As an attorney, I help entrepreneurs make informed choices about how they formed their companies, used equity to attract and motivate talent, and commercialized their intellectual property. I also help them plan capital raises, structure deals with venture investors and exit their mature businesses.
During that same time, I also made some angel investments, sat on venture-backed boards and served in senior management of two major law firms. As an attorney, I also formed and closed investments for venture capital firms.
On January 1 of 2016, I retired from big-law but not from my interest in enterprise and the Atlanta entrepreneurial community. Think of me when you are building or investing in something exciting. Maybe my experience can help you navigate the rough and tumble challenges ahead and meet your business objectives.
The venture moola blog comes to you from Atlanta, Georgia. Find it at readjanus.com. Copyright Clinton Richardson.
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Clinton Richardson, has been writing and photographing for decades. His acclaimed venture strategy series is now in its 5th edition. His Ancient Selfies is an International Book Awards Finalist and an eLit Award Gold Medal Winner. Many of his images can be seen online at TrekPic.com.