Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog is a blog covering legal topics affecting tech entrepreneurs and founders

About Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog is a website for technology entrepreneurs and founders. Articles are generally legal in nature, but topics may include issues and current events related to the technology and startup ecosystem, especially in Malaysia. The site was launched in 2020.

Who runs Startup Law Blog?

Izwan Zakaria, a technology and startup lawyer at Izwan & Partners is the main founder and author. Izwan has acted for bootstrapped startups to venture-backed companies in various phases of their growth process. For more information about Izwan’s experience, click here to know more about his practice or connect with him on his LinkedIn.

What topics will Startup Law Blog cover?

Startup Law Blog seeks to explain common legal issues involved in a startup’s lifecycle, including incorporation, cofounders, advisors, grants, accelerators, stock options, convertible notes, SAFEs, seed rounds, and venture capital, and so on. Sometimes we may also write “non-legal” posts, but they will usually involve entrepreneurial lessons, startup events, or news.

Founders & Key People

Izwan Zakaria


Izwan Zakaria is the managing partner of Izwan & Partners, a technology and startup focused law firm. Izwan has direct experience in acting for online and digital businesses like equity crowdfunding, peer to peer lending, ecommerce, and robo advisory platforms and other disruptive technologies. His involvement in the technology sector also extends to advising fintech clients on compliance matters relating to regulatory developments in the industry as set out by the Central Bank and the Securities Commission. Izwan has experience in venture capital fundraising having acted for startups and investors across sectors such as technology, media, e-commerce, fintech, fashion and agritech. Izwan is a member of the Fintech Association of Malaysia and active in the Malaysian startup ecosystem, where he regularly mentors early stage entrepreneurs and speaks at events on compliance and fundraising matters. He is currently a mentor of Founders Institute (a pre-seed start-up accelerator with a presence in over 180 cities worldwide) and Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise. Izwan can be contacted at For more information about how Izwan & Partners can help companies and investors, please visit

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