Ryan Roberts

When you’re launching a startup, one of the most important elements is the legal work involved. Unfortunately, it’s easy for many entrepreneurs to ignore startup legal work or make costly mistakes that could derail their business before it gets off the ground.

But now there’s help. In Acceleration, corporate attorney Ryan Roberts guides you through the often confusing early legal decisions critical to getting a startup going. In plain, comprehensible English, he offers expert advice, best practices, strategies, and all the information you need to incorporate, issue and divide equity, decipher seed and venture capital investments, and much more.

Startup law doesn’t have to be a confusing maze. The practical knowledge in this invaluable volume will help you make the smart decisions to protect your company and its future.

Press & Praise

Patrick Vlaskovits, New York Times best-selling author of Hustle and The Lean Entrepreneur

"Unlike most lawyers, Ryan doesn't tell entrepreneurs all the things they cannot do; instead he provides succinct, battle-tested advice on how to achieve your startup's unique business objectives. Beg, borrow, buy, or steal this book today, and thank me next week."

Marc Nager, partner at Greater Colorado Venture Fund and cofounder of Startup Weekend & UP Global

"Ryan has played a key role in the development of today's startup legal ecosystem. His approach and content is a standard go-to resource for entrepreneurs. Do yourself a favor and get copies of this book for you and your cofounders right now."

Brad Hunstable, CEO of Linear Labs (electric motors for EVs) and former CEO of Ustream (acquired by IBM)

"Ryan has done an amazing job curating and breaking down the legal issues that many startups face, with easy-to-understand explanations and anecdotes. Acceleration is an essential legal guide for all entrepreneurs."

Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts is a corporate attorney who represents startup companies through all phases of their growth process. He is well respected by clients and peers alike for his in-depth expertise regarding the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, and his international client roster is comprised of emerging growth companies and venture capital funds. Ryan holds a BA and an MA in economics from USC and a Juris Doctor degree from UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. In 2006, Ryan launched, a legal resource for startup companies, which Forbes has named one of the 100 best websites for entrepreneurs.

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