The Equa Blog

News and articles from the team behind Equa

August 20, 2020
What are Articles of Incorporation?

Articles of Incorporation provide the basic legal framework by which a company operates in a particular state or jurisdiction. Considered a public record, it codifies key business activities, owner names, and stock information for the company. For an LLC, this document is referred to as an “operating agreement.”It describes the operational activities for the company […]

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June 11, 2020
Finding the Right Lead Investor

Are you struggling to find a lead investor for your business? Finding the right investor is more than just identifying those that invest in your industry and life cycle stage. Investors, and in particular lead investors, are commonly going to take an active advisory role in your company. Alignment with your lead investor on values, […]

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June 10, 2020
Tip on how to successfully Raise Capital

How to successfully Raise Capital Are you finally at the point where you need to develop a better process to raise capital? Every successful task requires a good process. The more difficult and time consuming a task the more essential an effective process becomes. When it comes to raising capital, this can translate to whether […]

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June 9, 2020
Equa Added to the Polymath Token Studio Service Provider Marketplace

February 26, 2020 — Equa, which helps organizations manage their agreements while empowering better ownership decisions, is now listed in the Polymath Service Provider Marketplace. In the marketplace, security token issuers can connect with various service providers, such as cap table management providers, broker-dealers, law firms, KYC providers, and more for their security token offerings. […]

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June 9, 2020
My Business Document Struggles: A New Solution Around The Block?

The year was 1993. I registered my first corporate entity, an S corporation for a new Chicago-based business I’d decided to launch. Several months later I sat in stunned amazement after receiving a voluminous three-ring binder with all of my documents. “Yipes”, I thought. “What have I gotten myself into?” Keep in mind that these […]

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June 9, 2020
The TEDx Talk Every Business Owner Must Watch

Consciously or unconsciously, there are three desires every business owner strives for: They are time, money and significance. Sadly, however, most find themselves at the whim of a never-ending flow of demands on the entrepreneurial journey. As a result, their businesses often never reach a place where they can untether themselves to enjoy the fruits […]

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June 9, 2020
When Corporate Governance Fails

When Corporate Governance Fails Humans have organized the world through an infinite string of agreements and social contracts. Whether people agree to stop at a red light or get in line at the grocery store, a functioning society depends on these kinds of agreements. Managing organizations like nonprofits and corporations require layers of agreements between […]

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June 9, 2020
EQUA Ignites A New Era For Cap Table Management

Imagine a nerdy, bean counter-ish accountant nestled in dark corner wrestling with a spreadsheet. For some, this is what comes to mind when they think of the term “Cap Table.” With the advancements taking place in the nascent world of technology a reframe of this mindset is emerging, one that promises to revolutionize the world […]

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June 9, 2020
Interview with EQUA's CEO Shawn Owen

This interview was recorded during this year’s Anarchapulco conference on The Crypto Show (thecryptoshow.com) In the Interview, Shawn discusses the following topics. · Consensual Agreements · Smart Contracts · Operating Agreements · Business Management UX · Cap Tables Also featured in an earlier segment of this interview was a conversation with Ashe Oro. Ashe has […]

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June 9, 2020
Documenting the Future of Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is a process by which a corporation is directed, managed and run. Organized properly, it serves as the foundation for business decisions supporting enterprise growth and stakeholder value. Healthy engagement between stakeholders, the board of directors and company management is paramount for the profitability, productivity and market positioning of a business. These functions […]

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June 9, 2020
EQUA, and the Ravencoin Advantage

Running a corporation can be a massive undertaking. Whether handling assets, executing transactions, or managing document trails, the underlying operational dynamics can be quite complex. The growth trajectory of new and emerging businesses worldwide shows no signs of abating. With this comes a steady stream of asset transactions, friction, and regulatory due diligence. Absent efficient […]

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June 9, 2020
Doing The Startup “One Thing”

Acommon narrative among the world’s most prized companies is their early development as startups. In the past, creating a large and successful enterprise was seen as a major undertaking. Today new businesses launch in small industrial spaces, spare bedrooms, even in garages. Globally, small businesses make up a significant portion of the global economy. In […]

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June 9, 2020
The Cannabis Industry: Why it Needs an "Equa".

Today’s cannabis market is smoking hot. Startup launches abound. Consumer interest is robust. Regulatory guidance is rapidly evolving. These trends show no sign of abating. Marijuana is fully legal in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It is medically legal and/or decriminalized in 24 others. According to Grand View Research the global legal marijuana market […]

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June 9, 2020
The Promise of Artificial Intelligence: Ushering in the Next Generation of Digital Document Systems

Maintaining low operational costs amid a sea of legal documents is an ongoing challenge for today’s businesses. Manual processes are often costly, inefficient, and fraught with inaccuracies. Given this prevailing trend, growing numbers of companies are exploring the viability of artificial intelligence (AI) as a potential solution for streamlining their document management systems. The use […]

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June 9, 2020
Interview with Shawn Owen & Sten Wie on the “What Is Money?” Podcast

In this episode of the “What Is Money?” Project podcast Sten & Shawn explore a broad range of perspectives on how money has shaped their life experiences, pains, and passions. Enjoy! Originally posted June 10, 2019 To learn more about Equa and sign up for a free trial, please visit us at www.equa.global

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June 9, 2020
The Time and Money of Building a Business

Starting a business is an exciting endeavor. The possibilities for success are unlimited. But the road to success is not easy. It requires long hours, dogged persistence, and the expenditure of funds. With the takeoff of your entrepreneurial venture, you may have noticed the impact it’s having on your time and finances. This requires your […]

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June 9, 2020
Feature Interview With National Business Consultant Keo Frazier

As entrepreneurs continue to fuel the growth of registered businesses around the world, our team here at Equa aims to foster a one-stop, world-class destination for the management of documents, banking, and compliance. By focusing on business creation and agreement simplification, Equa aims to significantly reduce the time and money demands associated with launching and […]

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June 9, 2020
What Is A Cap Table?

A “Cap Table” (short for “Capitalization Table) is a document, typically in the form of a spreadsheet or table, that offers a snapshot of a company’s equity capitalization and total market value. While commonly used by startups and early-stage businesses, cap tables have utility for all types of companies. In the case of a new […]

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June 9, 2020
Feature Interview With Corporate Attorney Garrett Sutton

Garrett Sutton is a corporate attorney, asset protection expert and best selling author who has sold more than 900,000 books on corporate formation related themes. For over 30 years, Sutton has been providing business leaders and real estate investors with the necessary support for asset and legal protection while maximizing their financial goals. He founded two companies, Corporate […]

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June 9, 2020
What is a Corporate Entity?

A corporate entity is a business structure formed specifically to perform activities, such as running an enterprise or holding assets. Although it may be comprised of individual directors, officers, and shareholders, a corporation is a legal entity in and of itself. Generally speaking, there are three general forms of legal entities through which business can be conducted: […]

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June 9, 2020
What Are Corporate Bylaws and LLC Operating Documents?

Corporate bylaws are a vital element of a newly formed company, providing key rules and regulations for operational effectiveness. They aredrawn up and codified by the board of directors when a corporation is being formed. This document helps to ensure that a business runs consistently from its inception. Bylaws thus become the critical document to […]

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June 9, 2020
What Is SEC Rule 144?

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 […]

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June 9, 2020
Common vs. Preferred Stock: A brief primer

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 […]

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June 9, 2020
The “Alphabet” of Business Funding

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 […]

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April 27, 2020
Option Pool

What Is an Option Pool? An option pool consists of shares of stock reserved for employees of a private company. The option pool is a way of attracting talented employees to a startup company - if the employees help the company do well enough to go public, they will be compensated with stock. Employees who get into the […]

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October 29, 2019
Equa Data Room: Security and Privacy Considerations

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, […]

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October 23, 2019
The Equa Data Room: What You Need To Know

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 […]

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October 9, 2019
“Antifragility” and the Mitigation of Business Risk

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, […]

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September 28, 2019
EquaProfile: Customer Success Team Members Kyle Croyle and Andrea Stevens

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 […]

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September 12, 2019
Seven of the Most Common Pitfalls of Startup Entrepreneurs

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 […]

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September 7, 2019
EquaProfile: Feature Interview With V.P. of Sales Sten Wie

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 Vice-President Sten Wie, to share a few brief thoughts on the herculean efforts taking place at Equa to deliver a […]

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August 31, 2019
Workplace Documents: Bringing Order to Chaos

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 […]

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