On startups – entities, cap structures, securities, markets and more. Get to Know #14: Harold Slawik

by Paul Godfread



Harold Slawik from New Counsel on startups Harold Slawik is a Partner with Minneapolis-based New Counsel, PLC, a law firm that is known for it’s work with entrepreneurs and startups in the Minnesota technology industry. Harold has extensive experience with private practice, as in house counsel for Sun Microsystems and with startup companies in both Minnesota and California. Harold is also an investor having started a private equity company that invests in software companies.

Why startups we wondered?

“We both (partner John Roberts) have had a lot of fun, that’s where the most fruitful experiences in our careers have been…it’s where we’ve both developed our experience and expertise. It’s been my exclusive focus since the mind 90’s and while there were a lot of law firms in this town doing tech stuff in the late 90’s during the boom days, after the crash, many of these firms cannot practice it to the degree that we do for the price that we do . There’s a market opportunity at our level.”

Harold shares with us his thoughts about what a startup company needs to do when starting and considering raising debt or equity financing; we’ve outlined the takeaways below: