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Antone Johnson
Works at Bottom Line Law Group
Attended Columbia University School of Law
Lives in San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA
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Easy-to-understand analysis of real costs for new hardware products. Key for early planning ~> via Angel Capital Assn
Not For The First 5,000 Units, But That’s Okay
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"As an entrepreneur, you live two different realities: personal and business growth. Both are similar, both connected, but there are very distinct differences that must be respected. Personal growth is important because growth is life."
Read on if you value growth and understand that your business growth is limited by your personal growth.
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"Two is the right number — avoid the three-body problem. Think Jobs and Wozniak, Allen and Gates, Ellison and Lane, Hewlett and Packard, Larry and Sergei, Yang and Filo, Omidyar and Skoll."
by Naval Ravikant
Update: Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. It's more important than your product, market, and investors. The ideal founding team i...
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Copywrong: Brilliantly Disruptive Startups from Napster to Pinterest ~>
Mashtag "Blawg" by Antone Johnson, a tech startup lawyer and advisor, observing social media, entrepreneurship, public policy, and all things at the intersection of people, capital, technology, and creativity
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What Can You Do if a #VC Pulls Their Term Sheet? Mark Suster: #startups
What Can You Do if a VC Pulls Their Term Sheet? I was asked to answer this exact question on Quora and I did so some time ago. The beauty of evergreen content is that it resurfaces all the time and it is as relevant today as it was years ago when I answered it. …
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RT Gust: #Startup lawyer Antone Johnson shares why to form a business entity as soon as there’s a new #business to protect -
Lawyers are rightly accused of getting bogged down in details, missing the forest for the trees by building every conceivable contingency...
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What does "Old School" Series A funding really involve? Good summary by Jason M. Lemkin ~> #startups #VC
This page may be out of date. Save your draft before refreshing this page.Submit any pending changes before refreshing this page. Hide this message. Quora. Sign In. Term Sheet. Jason Lemkin gives some Series A perspective. Antone Johnson · What does "old-school" series A funding mean?
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"Being a great partner is being a mensch. It’s helping others even if they don’t truly know you helped them behind the scenes. Or maybe helping them just by listening or showing up when they needed you. Being a great partner is knowing that sometimes people lose their temper and not judging them beyond the incident. Being a great partner is saying you’re sorry when you screw up."
— Mark Suster
A while back while I was reading the tech press I saw a quote from Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins that was simple, yet profound. He was quoted as saying, “Being a great partner is as important as being smart or being right.” I liked it so much I wrote it down and tried …
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After 100 #startup seed investments, Semil shares his learnings ~> via Hunter Walk #VC
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Raising Capital As A First Time Founder ~>
If you are a first time founder feeling lost about raising capital — or got a big idea and don’t know where to start — here are some lessons we've learned.
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"Full-stack" startup lawyer, advisor, executive, commentator immersed in social Web and mobile tech entrepreneurship
Introduction
Antone Johnson has served as a business lawyer, advisor and advocate for nearly 20 years, representing startups, emerging growth technology and media companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters.  Growing up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, California, he came to respect the unique culture of innovation that characterizes Silicon Valley, the world's leading center of technology entrepreneurship.  Supplementing this background with years of experience in Wall Street dealmaking and the creative environment of Hollywood, Antone has developed a valuable perspective on strategic matters that lie at the intersection between business, law, public policy, technology and media. Prior to founding Bottom Line Law Group, Antone served as Vice President, Legal Affairs at eHarmony, Inc., where he built the in-house legal function from scratch to serve the rapidly evolving needs of a growing, profitable $200+ million international business.  For three years, he directed the company's internal and external legal and government affairs teams, including more than a dozen law firms across five countries, to support the worldwide operations of its flagship eHarmony® dating service and its network of content and community sites.  Throughout his tenure at eHarmony, Antone served as primary legal advisor to the senior management team and Board of Directors in corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance, shareholder relations, litigation strategy, crisis communications and risk management. Antone has deep roots in the consumer Internet and digital media industries, having served as a legal executive at pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider Excite@Home from 2000 to 2002; media, entertainment and technology company Gemstar-TV Guide from 2002 to 2004; and Intermix Media, Inc., which operated MySpace.com during its period of hyper-growth and global expansion, culminating in the company's $650 million sale in 2005 to Fox Interactive Media.  Prior to Excite@Home, Antone spent four years in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the world's preeminent technology law firm, as well as Wall Street firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he represented emerging growth technology companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, technology and content licensing transactions and general corporate matters.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia University, where he earned the honor of Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Williams College. Antone is proud to be named one of Venture Hacks' recommended "social startup lawyers" and an advisor at Founders' Space.  He has provided pro bono legal support to Crisis Commons' CrisisCamp Haiti project and Goody Awards and serves as a resource to seed-stage startups and entrepreneurs at pariSoma Innovation Loft in San Francisco and BLANKSPACES in Santa Monica.  He serves as an advisor or board member at several early stage startups in Northern and Southern California and is a prolific commentator, having contributed to the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes and Gust Blog, among others.  Antone was honored as a Quora "Top Writer" for 2013.
Bragging rights
Delivered newspapers on Steve Jobs' block as a kid.
Education
  • Columbia University School of Law
    Law, 1993 - 1996
  • Williams College
    Economics, 1989 - 1993
  • Palo Alto High School
    1985 - 1989
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Male
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Business lawyer for lean startups emphasizing social media, Web 2.0, digital media, mobile and other IP-intensive growth companies; prolific commentator
Employment
  • Bottom Line Law Group
    Founding Principal, 2010 - present
  • eHarmony.com
    VP, Legal Affairs, 2006 - 2009
  • MySpace.com/Fox Interactive Media
    Asst. General Counsel, 2004 - 2006
  • Gemstar-TV Guide
    Director, Corporate Counsel, 2002 - 2004
  • Excite@Home
    Corporate Counsel, 2000 - 2002
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
    Attorney, 1998 - 2000
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
    Attorney, 1995 - 2000
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San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA
Previously
Menlo Park and Palo Alto, CA - New York City - San Francisco Bay Area - Williamstown, MA - Cambridge, UK
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+1 (415) 729-5405, +1 (310) 776-5484
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169 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
1450 2nd Street, Suite 109, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Mathematical vs. Economic Dilution of Startup Equity: Thinner Slices of ...
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Founders' equity will undergo dilution at any startup, so it's essential for entrepreneurs to be fluent in percentages, shares, and their un

Startup BD 2: Hacking The Strategic Partnership w/Dropbox, Path, Pintere...
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Startup BD is about growing your company by doing deals. Our rockstar lineup includes senior BD and platform experts from Pinterest, DropBox

Fireside Chat w/ Return Path Co-Founder & CEO, Matt Blumberg - Start...
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This month's Startups Uncensored will be a fireside chat with Return Path Co- Founder & CEO, Matt Blumberg hosted by Docstoc CEO, Jason Naza

Fifth Annual Comprehensive Conference On Social Media Law
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This conference will take a 360-degree look at the legal landscape involved in social media. We will examine how social media is creating ne

Joe Wallin: Why We Care About The SEC's Proposed Regulation D "General S...
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Post by Antone Johnson: “ Joe Wallin: Why We Care About The SEC’s Proposed Regulation D “General Solicitation” Rules ” View Post on Quora

More patents in the service of open source
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Open-source software has accelerated the pace of innovation in computing, leading to better products and services at lower cost. But as the

Big Brother BeFUDdled
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Big Brother BeFUDdled, by Antone Johnson: Sorting out NSA "Surveillance State" fact and fiction

BeachMint still wants PandoDaily retraction; board of directors slams story
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The bitter feud between local start-up BeachMint and tech blog PandoDaily rages on, with both sides still fighting over a PandoDaily report

Social Media Management Dashboard - HootSuite
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Enhance your social media management with HootSuite, the leading social media dashboard. Manage multiple networks and profiles and measure y

eHarmony Settles With NJ AG; Will Offer Matching Service for Gays
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eHarmony, Inc., which runs an online dating service for heterosexual couples, must now cater to a gay clientele. That is the upshot of a set

In-House Counsel for Online Matchmaker Helps Keep Legal Harmony
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eHarmony.com Inc., based in Pasadena, Calif., is a leading online service devoted to matching compatible singles seeking long-term relations

- Gust Blog
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Is connecting people a business model? I don't think so. Connecting people is what happens when the entrepreneur gets recommended to the inv

AP phone records, double agents and civil liberties: Thinking a couple m...
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Not my usual subject matter, but felt compelled to write about this: Civil libertarians, journalists and others are understandably outraged

Spark Capital agrees to pay its own legal fees for venture deals (!)
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Post by Antone Johnson: “Spark Capital agrees to pay its own legal fees for venture deals (!)” View Post on Quora

HootSuite
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HootSuite for Android: Manage Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare from one place. Manage multiple social networks on the go with HootSuite for

Lean Startup Lawyers – Social Media, Web 2.0, Digital Media, Mobile Apps...
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California law firm representing lean startups/growth companies in consumer Internet, social media, Web 2.0, digital media. Incorporation, s

Antone Johnson | Gust Blog
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Given that 2011 is already behind us, I'd like to take a brief time-out from the usual legal and financial wonkery to wish you and your

Caring for Your Introvert
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The habits and needs of a little-understood group

Authorship - Webmaster Tools Help
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Help articles; Webmaster essentials; My site and Google; Using Webmaster Tools; Sitemaps; Help forum; Checklist; Get started; Webmaster Guid

Google+
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Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim