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Negotiating Your COO Employment Agreement

By Robert Adelson on 1 June 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on May 28, 2019. Unlike CEOs and CFOs, not every company has a Chief Operating Officer, and not every COO has the same responsibilities, span of control, decision rights, and position in the reporting structure. There is not a standard job description for COOs. Therefore, should you be […]

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If Assets Need Protecting, Your Best Course May Be a Trademark

By Robert Adelson on 20 April 19 /   Trademarks & Copyrights

Boston Business Journal.  May 2-8, 2008, page 12. Your brand name can be an important asset. As such, trademarks and service marks are recognized in common law and by statue to protect the goodwill in a brand name developed for a business, product or service. Some brand names are just coined words – such as […]

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From Founder-CEO to CTO or CSO: Key Protections in Succession Planning When You Face the Founder’s Dilemma

By Robert Adelson on 30 March 19 /   Executive Employment,Startups

This article was published in CEOWorld Magazine on March 27, 2019. Are you the founder or co-founder of a successful startup in tech, e-commerce, life science or other areas of the innovation economy? Chances are that at some point, you may become a victim of your own success.  You may be asked and even pressured […]

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Negotiating Your New CSO or CTO Employment Agreement

By Robert Adelson on 1 February 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World Magazine on January 28, 2019. Congratulations! You have received a job offer as Chief Technology Officer or Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of a software, robotics, e-commerce or other technology-based company or a Chief Scientific Officer or Chief Medical Officer (CSO) of a biotechnology, medical device, healthcare or other […]

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Essential Employment Contract Terms for Medical Device and Biotechnology Executives

By Robert Adelson on 2 January 19 /   Executive Employment

This article was published in CEO World Magazine on December 29, 2018. The medical device and biotechnology industries are fast growing and so is their demand for CEOs, C-suite and senior executives, with ever rising compensation being awarded to those in demand. If you are an executive in this industry or aspiring to become one, […]

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New Massachusetts Law Restricts Non-Compete Agreements

By Robert Adelson on 8 September 18 /   Executive Employment,Massachusetts Employment Law

Massachusetts has adopted legislation that restricts and regulates non-compete agreements for employees and independent contractors working in Massachusetts.  The legislation signed by Governor Charlie Baker on August 10, 2018, takes effect for contracts entered into on and after October 1, 2018. The biggest change made by the new law is that it prohibits the enforcement […]

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Structuring and Allocating Equity for Startup Success

By Robert Adelson on 9 August 18 /   Startups

Choice of entity, equity allocation can put a firm on sound footing Are you one of the founders of a startup company? Has your startup formed a legal entity? Have you divided your equity among the founders? If you or a friend or colleague is in this situation, you may also ask – what is the […]

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Structuring Bonuses in Your CEO Compensation for Maximum Benefit

By Robert Adelson on 1 June 18 /   Executive Employment

When CEOs and senior executives consider new job offers, executive compensation negotiations often focus on the base salary.  Yet an equal and often greater portion of your cash compensation may come from your bonus.  There is often far greater latitude and room for negotiation over bonuses. This article discusses the usage of different types of bonuses based […]

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Consulting Between CEO Positions

By Robert Adelson on 29 March 18 /   Consultants,Executive Employment

CEOs and senior executives often find themselves in between jobs for various reasons. If this describes you, then you may be wondering what the best game plan would be for the time you spend between positions. One very useful idea that can be tailored to any situation is to try your hand at executive consulting.  […]

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November 2017 Special Offer: COMPANY FUNDING LAW DIAGNOSTIC – Low fixed price

By Robert Adelson on 2 November 17 /   Special Offer

In this diagnostic, I offer to meet with you or your team to discuss and set out a strategy to fund your company through VC or angel finance or an alternative strategy until you are profitable, and the strategy to prepare your company for investment.  The meeting would be up to two (2) hours at […]

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