Farewells are always unpleasant and one of the hardest thing for an early stage company is the founder departure. Some examples that come to mind in recent years include Twitter and Snapchat. There are many reasons for a founder departure and things can get very messy, very quickly. Some founders might have only preliminary or oral arrangements regarding the startup or prefer to apply the lean methodology to postpone legal formation. Can it get ugly? Do you need a lawyer to remove a founder? The answer is it depends, but in general to reduce future liability (litigation) of the startup and give the remaining founders peace of mind it is advisable to have your lawyer prepare a separation agreement.  The…

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