What documents are required to properly incorporate a technology startup?

Here is a quick checklist of the documents required to complete the incorporation of your new company.

  1. Certificate of Incorporation for Delaware or the Articles of Incorporation in California
  2. Bylaws
  3. Determine need to qualify to do business in other states and make appropriate filings in those states. For example, if the Company is incorporated in Delaware but has its principal offices in California, file the Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation with the California Secretary of State.
  4. Obtain your Employer Identification Number from the IRS (Form SS-4).
  5. Action by Sole Incorporator
  6. Written Consent of Board in Lieu of First Meeting
  7. Indemnification Agreements
  8. Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement
  9. Stock Purchase Agreements
  10. Stock Certificates
  11. Option Plan (if applicable)
  12. Buy-sell Agreement (if applicable)
  13. S Election (if applicable)

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