Jeffrey Robbins

Attorney

For over 30 years, Jeff has represented entrepreneurs who start and grow technology-based enterprises and angel and venture investors who target those companies. Clients seek his assistance in strategic business plan development; entity selection and formation; private and public fundraising (including crowdfunding) and securities law compliance; employment and compensation plans and agreements; and merger and acquisition activities.  Having started two companies in the entertainment ticketing industry, Jeff understands the challenges and demands faced by business owners and uses his experience when providing counsel to his clients.

Jeff is the founder of AngelPolleNation, a Twin Cities networking organization that furthers awareness, communication and education among solo investors, informal investment clubs and formal angel investment groups.  APN has hosted over 25 quarterly events and profiled over 60 companies since inception in 2011.  APN also runs Piranha Pool™, an annual live investor event at the spring MinneBar tech conference.  Jeff is an advisory board member to Gopher Angels, a local investor network, and he is a judge in the high tech division of the annual Minnesota Cup business plan competition.  He also has served as a mentor for the Techstars Farm-to-Fork and gener8tor Minnesota beta accelerator programs.  He also is an advisor to the Great North Capital Fund.

Jeff serves a board member of Venture Academies, a charter school that started up in fall 2013. A Gates Foundation award winning recipient, VA utilizes blended learning strategies with a technology twist to nurture budding entrepreneurs through high school.  Jeff is also a board member of the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company – the only independent theater company in the U.S.  that stages stories about Jewish history and culture with themes universal to people of all backgrounds.


 

Education

  • University of Minnesota, J.D., magna cum laude
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude

  • Represented numerous early-stage startup technology companies across a diverse set of industries, including clean energy, financial services, human resources, healthcare IT and medical devices. 
  • Represented various venture and angel investors, including Brightstone Venture Capital, the Sofia Angel Fund and StarTec Investments.
  • Represented Fremont Industries on its $40 million sale in 2017 to Japanese chemicals and ultrapure water specialist Kurita.
  • Represented Asure Software, a Nasdaq-listed software company, in connection with $50 million of underwritten public offerings of common stock, private placements, various acquisitions and agreements and SEC reporting and compliance.
  • Represented a NYSE-listed public company with total assets of approximately $400 million in connection with SEC reporting and compliance (e.g., proxy statements, 10-Ks, 10-Qs and 8-Ks, S-8s, Forms 3, 4 and 5 and insider trading polices) and general corporate matters.

 

Publications 

Presentations 

  • "Preparing Your Startup for Success” – Kauffman Foundation FastTrac, November 2018
  • Preparing Your Startup for Investment” – Twin Cities Startup Week, October 2018
  • “How to Finance Your Startup” – Gopher Angels event for Twin Cities Startup Week, October 2018
  • “The Early Entrepreneur Catches the Funding: A Breakfast Seminar on Fundraising” -- Minnesota Cup Semi-Finalists, August 2018
  • Interview, “Minnesota Entrepreneurs Grow with Crowdfunding” – KSTP Eyewitness News


Jeff is an avid audiophile, a so-so piano player and a premier collector of Billy Joel memorabilia, having logged over 120 Billy Joel concerts to date.