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Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. IP is a not just a legal issue.

Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers

The Product Guy

During that time she learned a lot about why products fail and how to build successful products that grow markets and revenue. Better Products.

Dear China: Stop Stealing My Intellectual Property, Or Else

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Intellectual property theft is an enormous and growing burden for American business. They don't just look like our baskets. market.

Protect Your Business Plan Like It’s Your Baby—Here’s How

Up and Running

The World Intellectual Property Organization defines IP as,  “creations of the mind,” which, depending on the business, can take many forms.

IP 42

The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

Modista had only had modest revenue to date (~5K) and had by no means gotten to the point where it was having an impact on the revenues of Like.com.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? But what about for us, a consumer hardware hardware company?

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

CROs or Payers may ultimately be a resource, a partner or a revenue source, but until you get them signed up they’re first a customer.

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Vesting Restrictions.  The first deadly mistake relates to vesting restrictions.  IP Ownership. 

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

If they decide to buy, large companies can: license/acquire intellectual property. buy out an entire company for its revenue and profits.

What Entrepreneurs Should Never Say To Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Facebook spent over $150 million before revenue. Intellectual property as barrier to entry. Don’t bash the competition.

7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Escape From Cubicle Nation

Mistake #6: Not protecting your valuable intellectual property. Here’s how to avoid it: Register your intellectual property with the U.S.

Entrepreneurs Need To Understand Survival Basics

Startup Professionals Musings

This means building a revenue stream, and tuning your business model to produce margins in the 50% range or above. If you want to survive.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

That includes estimating the money required to get to the revenue stage, and saving money to cover costs before you jump off the cliff.

How Finding Your Purpose Can Build Your Business

YoungUpstarts

My company is an intellectual property holding company, but it ultimately aims to accelerate and regulate the utilization of regenerative technology.

7 Due Diligence Steps Will Validate Any New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Check for intellectual property barriers in your way. Even good social causes need to bring in revenue to continue their worthy efforts.

10 Startup Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make Again

Startup Professionals Musings

Forecast revenue growth that defies business principles. Dismiss the need to register any intellectual property.

6 Ways Startups Are Fooled By Prior Business Models

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail. But I’m not convinced that it’s as simple as that.

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Gust

Define some intellectual property. File a patent and trademarks to show real intellectual property.

20 Business Laws Every Entrepreneur Should Know in 2015

Up and Running

You’ll want to read the FTC guidelines and check with your state’s revenue agency to make sure you comply with the law. Intellectual property.

Avoid New Venture Shortcuts That Scare Away Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Potential return on investment cannot be calculated without a clear understanding and evidence of actual costs, revenue flows, and margins.

Three types of acquisition – view from a public company CEO

The Equity Kicker

10-20m revenues is the threshold for most high growth businesses that gets you into what I would call ‘large scale’ territory of $100m+ exits. middle-size companies, meaning they have product that they’re selling, maybe even internationally. large scale acquisitions. Exits Uncategorized

8 Secrets To Pushing Your Startup Ahead Of The Crowd

Startup Professionals Musings

Before you bring on partners, develop intellectual property, raise capital, or generate revenues, you need to establish an official business entity.

10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

That includes estimating the money required to get to the revenue stage, and saving money to cover costs before you jump off the cliff.

8 Ways An Investor Pitch Differs From A Product Pitch

Startup Professionals Musings

Every customer understands that your solution has to generate more revenue than cost, but you should not put that data in a customer pitch.

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor wants to be part of your growth stage , after your first $1 million in revenue. Congratulations! Marty Zwilling.

8 Myths Technologists Believe That Sink Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus it’s a waste of time for most entrepreneurs to be looking for investors until they have a product and some customer revenue.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

SoCal CTO

Today I join Ben Yoskovitz , Vinicius Vacanti , Jill Hubbard Bowman and Steve Blank and others in announcing the launch of StartupRoar.

7 Reality Checks On Your Funding Odds With Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors are wary of startups with no intellectual property, even with a first-mover advantage. Poorly written or missing business plan.

10 Top Reasons For First-time Entrepreneur Failure

Startup Professionals Musings

Even a non-profit has to generate revenue (or donations) to offset operating costs. No intellectual property. Inexperienced team.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. —-. Medical Devices.

Investors Love To Fund Solutions That Are Scalable

Startup Professionals Musings

Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost. But what does that really mean?

Bootstrapping Is Much More Fun Than Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Favor profitability over revenue and user growth. You may not be acquired for 10-times revenue, but quick exits and public offerings are no fun.

10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t expect them to believe your $100M revenue projection, if you are still waiting for the first revenue dollar. Sell one.

SWOT Analysis Challenge Day 1: How to Identify Your Strengths

Up and Running

Think of revenue streams, investments, diversified income, and grants. Intellectual property. Is your revenue diversified?

10 Preparation Steps to Win an Angel Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

Define some intellectual property. File a patent and trademarks to show real intellectual property. Marty Zwilling.

10 Common Startup Flaws Leading To An Early Demise

Gust

Even a non-profit has to generate revenue (or donations) to offset operating costs. No intellectual property. Inexperienced team.

7 Shortcuts That Can Kill A Startup Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Reveal “secret sauce” before filing intellectual property. Delay incorporating until required by investors.

How To Get The Right Investor To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor wants to be part of your growth stage , after your first $1 million in revenue. Congratulations!

10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering

Startup Professionals Musings

Define some intellectual property. File a patent and trademarks to show real intellectual property. Marty Zwilling.

10 Actions To Make Sure Your New Business Will Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost. But what does that really mean?