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David Pierini Esq.

General Counsel

David began his legal practice in Silicon Valley focusing on advising early-stage startups. He transitioned to the role of global compliance project counsel for OnRamp Systems, a financial tech startup affiliated with Cisco Systems and IBM Watson. OnRamp specialized in using machine learning to solve complex regulatory issues such as implementing Dodd-Frank and its RRP provisions for one of the world's largest banks and preparing for the transition to ASC 606 Revenue Recognition for Fortune 500 customers. He has spent time with McGuire Woods LLP and the legal department of Freddie Mac. David focuses on the intersection of legal and regulatory systems with the development of blockchain systems and smart contracts. He earned his J.D. from William & Mary and his LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

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How Much Equity Should a Tech Co-Founder Get in Your Startup?
David Pierini Esq.
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Sep 9, 2022

How Much Equity Should a Tech Co-Founder Get in Your Startup?
David Pierini Esq.

When starting a new tech business alongside other co-founders, there is always the all-important question of how to divide company equity. This is one of the most frequently asked questions we encounter here at Aleph1. In this article, we will explain how much equity to give co-founders in your tech company. Additionally, we will clarify…

How to Find a Technical Co-Founder for a Startup Business?
David Pierini Esq.
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Aug 8, 2022

How to Find a Technical Co-Founder for a Startup Business?
David Pierini Esq.

To launch and run a tech startup, you need to be looking for founders with a wide skill set and broad experience. You need someone with business development skills, and perhaps you have already filled that role. You will  need someone with technical skills—this role is this article’s primary focus.So, let’s talk about launching a…

Do You Need a CTO for Your Non-Technical Startup?
David Pierini Esq.
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Aug 8, 2022

Do You Need a CTO for Your Non-Technical Startup?
David Pierini Esq.

Technologies are no longer a luxury for non-tech companies. They have become a crucial component of scalability, growth, and development, regardless of the industry. Be it automotive, manufacturing, or retail, advanced tech is what helps businesses boost efficiency, increase sales, and improve customer service. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that every year, companies are investing more…

Four Good Fundraising Ideas for a Startup Business in 2022
David Pierini Esq.
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Jun 6, 2022

Four Good Fundraising Ideas for a Startup Business in 2022
David Pierini Esq.

Starting your own business is perhaps one of the most rewarding endeavors you can embark upon. As rewarding as starting a business is, however, it’s also quite a stressful process. It can also prove quite daunting, especially to those who don’t have a background in business.  One of the most difficult parts of starting a…

The Startup Pivot: 7 Winning Strategies in 2022
David Pierini Esq.
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Jun 6, 2022

The Startup Pivot: 7 Winning Strategies in 2022
David Pierini Esq.

Many companies we know and love started as something completely different and switched gears at some point. For example, the predecessor of PayPal used to focus on building security for handheld devices. This kind of radical course correction is known as a pivot.  Today we’ll explain the meaning of startup pivot and what strategies determine…

Choosing the Best Tech Stack for Startups in 2022
David Pierini Esq.
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Jun 6, 2022

Choosing the Best Tech Stack for Startups in 2022
David Pierini Esq.

When you’re founding your startup, you must build it on a solid technical foundation. Choosing your startup’s technology stack is critically important. The decision you make regarding which tech stack to go with will have lasting effects on your company’s success. Tech stacks comprise both the digital interface your users will interact with, known as…

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