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Daniel I. DeWolf

Member / Chair, Technology Practice; Co-chair, Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice

DDeWolf@mintz.com

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Daniel is a leading authority on growth companies and venture capital law — and has worked on pioneering online capital-raising methods since the Internet’s beginning. He is immersed in the national and international ecosystem of emerging companies and investors focused on start-ups. He has also been a member of NYU Law School’s faculty since 2003, where he teaches venture capital law. Earlier, he co-founded and served as managing director of an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City.

Daniel is Chair of Mintz's Technology Practice Group and Co-chair of the firm’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice Group. In addition to his active legal practice, he is an adjunct professor of law at the NYU Law School. Daniel is also Editor of MintzEdge, an online resource for entrepreneurs that includes useful tools and information for starting and growing a company.

Before joining Mintz, Daniel was head of venture capital funds and a managing director of SoundView Technology Group, Inc. (formerly Wit Capital), a technology-focused investment bank. Prior to joining SoundView, he was head of the corporate and new media and e-law practice groups at one of the leading New York firms representing early stage and technology companies.

Daniel has more than 30 years of corporate transactional experience, both as a lawyer and as a businessman, and has been an advisor to many emerging and developmental stage companies. He is a board member of several technology companies and was a co-founder and Managing Director of Dawntreader Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.

Additionally, Daniel is an author of a leading treatise on venture capital called Venture Capital: Forms and Analysis (Law Journal Press, 2007).

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD)
  • University of Pennsylvania (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2015 – 2017)

Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer, High-Growth Corporate Transactions, Cornell Law School at Cornell Tech
  • Judge, Harvard Business School Business Plan Contest
  • Member, Advisory Council to the Public Policy Committee of the Angel Capital Association

Viewpoints

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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Spotlight on type:A

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Through its product, type:A is striving to bring clean beauty to the mainstream – and so far, that effort has been a striking success. Consumers, influencers, media, and investors have had amazing initial responses to the product, and type:A is working fast to capitalize on this momentum. With the support of Mintz, they have raised an extended seed round to fuel these efforts and allow the business to reach its full potential. Soon, they plan to be the go-to brand for safe, effective, and clean personal hygiene products.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This month’s industry newsletter features an article on California’s Consumer Privacy Act, a Q&A with NYC incubator RLab, and a spotlight on LA’s type:A — a new company focused on health care brands.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - July 2019

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech upcoming events - July 2019
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MintzTech Connect Industry News — Q&A with RLab

July 18, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

RLab started as a partnership between New York City and its universities to turn the city into a global leader for virtual reality, augmented reality, and related technologies. Innovation in VR and AR has the potential to impact a lot of the industries that make up New York City’s economy – from media and entertainment to health care and manufacturing. RLab was founded to spur corporate innovation, support entrepreneurs and startups, and build a talent pipeline for future jobs.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech upcoming events - April 2019
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue’s topics include the SEC no action letter on utility tokens, raising capital as a public benefit corp, resales of private securities using Section 4(a)(7), distributing equity among start-up stakeholders, and the abc’s of California employment law.
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The SEC Confirms the Limited Scope and Nature of Utility Tokens

April 9, 2019 | Alert | By Marine Bouaziz, Daniel DeWolf

This alert looks at recent SEC communications providing guidance on — and limiting the use of — digital tokens.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers issues for emerging companies to consider when dividing and sharing equity and disproportional rights and controls for directors.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Upcoming events - TechConnect Industry News - February 2019
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MintzTech Connect: Meet Our Newest Team Members

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

News & Press

Various Ways to Raise Capital

September 13, 2016 | https://blog.vcexperts.com/2016/09/13/various-ways-to-raise-capital/ VC Experts Blog

Daniel DeWolf, Co-Chair, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, and Megan Gates, Co-chair of the Securities & Capital Markets Practice Group, authored this VC Experts Blog piece discussing how the world of raising capital has been evolving over the last several years.
Mintz was recently named the exclusive legal sponsor of AREA, a real estate technology venture accelerator program based in New York City. As a sponsor, the firm will offer in-kind legal services to real estate technology startup companies participating in the intensive three-month program.

Yes, E-signatures Are Enforceable

July 12, 2016 | https://blog.vcexperts.com/2016/07/12/yes-e-signatures-are-enforceable/ VC Experts Blog

Daniel DeWolf, Co-chair of Mintz’s Venture Capital & Emerging Companies and Technology Practices, and Associates Sam Effron and Rachel Gholston, authored this VC Experts Blog piece providing a clear overview of the best practices businesses can implement when using electronic signatures.

Events

Speaker
Jul
30
2019

TechGC Roundtable

San Francisco, CA

Moderator
Jun
19
2019

Private Tech Investing Success Stories for Family Offices

Mintz, Chrysler Center, 666 Third Avenue, New York

Speaker
Apr
10
2019

TechGC Roundtable

New York, NY

Speaker
Apr
3
2019

The First Most Important Decision for the Entrepreneur: How to Choose the Right Corporate Entity for Your Startup

BioLabs@NYULangone

BioLabs@NYULangone, 180 Varick St., 6th Floor, New York, NY

Speaker
Jan
30
2019
Speaker
Speaker
Mar
15
2018

Legal Clinic

NYC MediaLabs

Co-chair
Oct
27
2017
Speaker
Mar
17
2017

Corporate Formation Workshop

NYC Media Lab

New York, NY

Moderator
Nov
3
2016

The Changing World of Raising Capital

MintzEdge and Columbia Technology Ventures

New York, NY