The technological fields and markets that many start-ups and early-stage companies address have undergone and are expected to continue to undergo rapid and significant change. Rapid technological developments may result in the technology of companies becoming obsolete, uneconomical or uncompetitive before any commercial success or financial return can be achieved. Numerous other risks may affect developing companies and ventures, including risks that products or services will be found to be ineffective, unreliable, unsafe or uncompetitive and risks that such companies’ technologies, products or service will not achieve market acceptance or penetration. Market acceptance of new products, services or technologies depends on many factors and uncertainties and cannot be assured.Startup and early-stage companies may compete with entities that have established businesses, relationships and positions in the market and that have much more substantial financial, business, technological, marketing and distribution assets, operations and resources. There can be no assurance that any developing company will be able to compete successfully with more established companies.These companies may be overly dependent on the vision, skill, and leadership of a single or limited number of executives. In a startup business, the loss or disability of a key person(s) can result in significant financial hardship, in some cases the failure of the company. More than other businesses, start-ups are highly dependent on the skills and contributions of very few key employees.
Any projections, forecasts, plans or other forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks, uncertainties, changing circumstances and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, plans, prospects, operations and opportunities to differ materially from any for- ward-looking statements, including competition, inability to identify and do business with appropriate customers, existing and future law and regulations, liabilities under the securities laws, inability to hire, retain or qualify sufficient management and staff, general economic conditions, rapid technological change, cost overruns, delays in bringing products or services to market, marketing failures, difficulty in penetrating markets, delays or failures in developing anticipated capabilities, products or services, failure to obtain necessary regulatory approvals, insufficient fund- ing, lack of availability of capital, rates of economic growth, levels of consumer and business spending, conditions in the technology and financial industries, dependence on strategic partners and business relationships, unproven business models, adverse developments affecting customers and end-users, fluctuations in securities markets and valuations, limited marketing, expansion risks, losses and costs, uncertain revenues and profitability, conditions in particular industries, accounting problems, costs, delays and liabilities arising from legal proceedings, failure to obtain and maintain intellectual property or proprietary rights and management failures.