Brian HoweFormer poultry farmer turned entrepreneur.

Current: running a small venture building firm. Our first spin-out is Format Health. Previously Founder + CEO of world's fastest growing coworking space for impact entrepreneurs -- Impact Hub Seattle; Startup attorney and Founder Vox Legal (acquired 2011); Cofounder of Good Enterprise (acquired by VentureScale, 2013); Partner at conscious company accelerator; and Entrepreneur in Residence at University of Washington. Into podcasts, rooftops and his wife.

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It depends :)

When you're ready to start raising funds, C Corps (especially Delaware) are still preferred in the VC world although some angels are increasingly willing to invest in LLCs.

When you're just starting off it's okay to have a holding LLC with DBAs. As you grow one or more of the ideas, you may want to separate out the risk so that if one company has issues it doesn't hurt the others. But it isn't necessary when you're early on. Once you add employees, cofounders, and/or investors, it's probably time. Your holding LLC could have equity in the idea and you could setup the idea as a C Corp. It's a good structure.

Also -- this ain't legal advice. Just general blahblahblah about legal structure.

Really good article from a fellow Seattle startup attorney here:

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