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For more information about me or my practice, or to find helpful questions and answers to legal and business issues for startups, please visit my blog at www.MyHighTechStartup.com.
If you have questions, feel free to email me at any time.
If you are looking for additional information on various legal and business issues facing startups, check out my blog. Or order a copy of my book "What Every Engineer Should Know about Starting a High Tech Business Venture."
About My High Tech Startup blog (www.myhightechstartup.com)
These writings are meant to provide some information (and
occasionally an insight or two) to individuals involved in the
entrepreneurial world. Entrepreneurs, investors, techies, inventors,
lawyers, accountants, futurists, bankers, candlestick makers, lovers,
fighters, Olympians and anyone else who stumbles across this page
wondering where to find Seattle on a map may find this useful. The blog
will cover topics ranging from legal issues faced by startups to trends
in venture capital to a sense of the Seattle entrepreneurial community
to my own personal interests in technologies or life. If there is
something that you’d like to see or a question you’d like me to try and
answer, just let me know. I’ll do my best.
You’ll see some great cartoon images here on the site. Thanks to Kansas City artist Travis Fox who drew the images you see here and provided the images in the book.
What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High Tech Business Venture
That’s the title of a book I’ve written (yes, it is a bit long, but it is part of a series… so
think “Starting a High Tech Business Venture” for short. This website
also contains previews of chapters of the book, documents you can
download that are referenced in the book, and information I would have
liked to cover, but there just wasn’t enough room. I may be biased, but
I think the book is a good resource and hopefully, in conjunction with
this website, becomes an even better one.
The formal bio
Eric A. Koester is an attorney with Cooley Godward Kronish LLP (prior to Cooley, with Heller Ehrman LLP’s Venture Law Group) and has a practice focused on emerging technology companies, venture
capital firms and investment banks, with particular emphases on venture
capital and bank financings, corporate partnerships, commercial
agreements, intellectual property licensing, public offerings, and
mergers and acquisitions. Eric is a graduate of the business school at Marquette University and a graduate of The George Washington University School of Law. Eric is also a certified public accountant.
Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Eric held financial and accounting-related positions at Morgan Stanley and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. While attending law school, Eric held positions in the Enforcement Division of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly NASD, Inc.) assisting with ongoing securities industry enforcement proceedings, as a Summer Associate at the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and in the legal department of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA) focusing on issues of antitrust in the healthcare contracting industry.
Eric is married to Allison Koester, a PhD candidate in Accountancy at the University of Washington. They have two pugs, Bailey and Riley. Eric loves to travel and his lifelong goal is to make it to all 100 of the Hillman Wonders of the World. So far, 38 down… lots to go.
For more about me, you can also visit my LinkedIn page here.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|40 Under 40||Washington Business Journal||2011|
|Rising Star||Washington Law & Politics Magazine||2010|
|Best Service Provider to Startups||Seattle 2.0||2010|
|Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year||Washington State Bar Association||2009|
|Star of the Quarter||American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||2008|
|Student Bar Association President of the Year||American Bar Association, Law Student Division||2006|
|Bronze Key||American Bar Association, Law Student Division||2006|
|Founder||Zaarly, Inc.||2011 - Present|
|Independent Consultant||MEGO Consulting||1994 - Present|
|VP Operations & General Counsel||Appature Inc.||2010 - 2011|
|Attorney||Cooley LLP||2008 - 2010|
|Attorney||Heller Ehrman LLP||2006 - 2008|
|Legal Department - Enforcement Division||FINRA (f/k/a NASD, Inc.)||2006 - 2006|
|Associate||Government Accountability Office||2005 - 2005|
|Legal Intern||Health Industry Group Purchasing Association||2004 - 2004|
|Financial Reporting Manager||Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.||2001 - 2005|
|Financial Advisor||Morgan Stanley||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Society of Plastics Engineers||Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|Washington State Certified Public Accountants||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Business Law Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington Young Lawyers Division||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Venture Capital & Private Equity Subcommittee||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|George Washington Law School Alumni Board of Directors||Board Member||2004 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association, Business Law Section||Executive Committee||2009 - 2011|
|American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division||Co-Chair of Business Law Committee||2008 - 2011|
|Washington State Bar Association||Liaison to Business Law Section||2008 - 2011|
|American Bar Association, Section Officers Conference||Vice-Chair||2007 - 2011|
|EnerG2 Series A Financing||EnerG2 closed an $8.5 million Series A financing|
|Thornburg Mortgage Convertible Debt Financing||Raised $1.35 billion in private placement of debt|
|Ironport-Cisco Merger||Acquisition by Cisco of IronPort for $830M|
|See all legal cases|
|ABA Young Lawyer Forum Newsletter||The Startup Lawyer (Part II)||2009|
|What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High-Tech Business Venture||What Every Engineer Should Know About Starting a High-Tech Business Venture||2009|
|Young Lawyer Forum Newsletter||The Startup Lawyer||2008|
|ANTEC||How to Structure, Finance, and Fund Your Clean Technology Venture||2008|
|Biopolymers Summit||Why you need to know about Genetically Modified Organisms and biopolymers||2008|
|Environmental Law Reporter||Can you really kill two birds with one stone? The Future of the Waste-to-Energy (WTE) industry as an Energy & Environmental Policy Decision||2007|
|John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law||VoIP Goes the Bad Guy: Understanding the Legal Impact of the use of Voice over IP communications in cases of NSA Warrantless Eavesdropping||2007|
|Preferred Returns (ABA)||Clean Technology Investments: Tremendous Opportunities and Unique Challenges for Venture Lawyers||2007|
|Mastio & Associates (Publisher)||The Changing World of Plastics Recycling: Trends, Technologies, Markets and Solutions 1996-2000||1997|
|MEGO Consulting||PET Recycling: A Look at the Past, Present and Future||1995|
|MEGO Consulting||HDPE Recycling: A Look at the Past, Present and Future||1995|
|SKT Midwest||The Present & Future of Recycling: PET, HDPE, Scrap Automobiles, Tires, Fly Ash Disposal||1994|
|George Washington University National Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|Brexgata University Academy||Change Management & Leadership||Certificate Program||2004|
|Marquette University||Finance & Marketing||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1999|
|Spring 2009 Meeting||"Green" Deals - Understanding Transactions in Clean Technology||2009|
|Spring 2009 Meeting||Start Smart - What Start-Ups Should Know (and How To Tell Them) About Choice of Entity, Owners' Agreements, and Funding||2009|
|Global Plastics Environmental Conference 2008||Clean Technology Investments||2008|
|Biopolymers Summit 2008||Global Regulations of Biopolymers and Bioplastics||2008|
|NREL's 20th Industry Growth Forum||Novel Approaches to Financing the Clean Energy Technology Revolution||2007|
|Global Plastics Environmental Conference 2007||How to Structure, Fund & Finance Your Clean Technology Company||2007|
|Global Plastics Environmental Conference 2003||Electronic Nose Technology: Update of E-Nose Technology & Analysis of Opportunities for Use in Environmental Industries||2003|
|Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management Conference||Utilizing Technology to Manage Corporate Environmental Initiatives||2003|
|Global Plastics Environmental Conference 2002||Opportunities to Utilize Electronic Nose Technology in the Environmental and Plastics Industries||2002|