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  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014
    [IP] The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make
    Mistake #2 :  not buttoning-down IP ownership issues (at 10:20). Mistake #2:  Not Buttoning-Down IP Ownership Issues. CA exception – CA Labor Code Section 2870: (i) different space, (ii) not using employer’s facilities and (iii) idea/IP is not based upon work done for employer. Cheers, Scott. link]. Introduction.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [IP] Start-up Tips: Identifying Intellectual Property, Simplified
    by  Navarre Roy ,  Senior Associate with Selvam and Selvam. I’ve attended many IP seminars and conferences conducted specifically for businesses and they are generally always about Patents. While I’ve mentioned the basics of what each of the major streams of IP protect, there are instances where they overlap. SRK to get copyrighted?”
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011
    [IP] PBS Newshour on Accelerators
    Whenever I see stuff like Protect IP and SOPA making progress through Congress (both bills – which if passed – will have a chilling effect on entrepreneurship and job creation) I get frustrated. PBS Newshour has a neat eight minute segment on accelerators. TechStars is featured, along with several others.
  • EARLY GROWTH FINANCIAL SERVICES  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015
    [IP] How Do Angel Investors Make Decisions?
    They’ll want to know what’s unique about your IP and … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC FundingIn some ways, getting your startup funded has parallels with The Amazing Race. It can seem like a long, winding, obstacle-strewn course. They are interested in whether or not your business solves a problem.
  • HIGH CONTRAST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [IP] Startups and intellectual property: how much is a muse worth?
    Every now and then, a comment merits its own post: I have a question regarding IP rights. The question is whose idea is it and who owns an IP for it? There is a legal standard as to what constitutes full IP ownership. The equal sharing I honestly find a little random but it’s very rare that the IP would be worth anything.
  • AGILE VC  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
    [IP] Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?
    For most software and internet startups, the hard IP coming in is usually isn’t an issued patent, which is obviously different for biotech or other kinds of startups. I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.
  • SOCAL CTO  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
    [IP] NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept
    Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas If you love your idea, set it free…. The Top Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn About IP Law What Can a Well Drafted Contract Do For Your Company?
  • SOCAL CTO  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
    [IP] NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept
    Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas If you love your idea, set it free…. The Top Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn About IP Law What Can a Well Drafted Contract Do For Your Company?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011
    [IP] What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?
    You own the IP you create. If you build a true “technology services for services sake&# business at some point you’ll likely build technology products as part of your projects where you either own the IP or you own in jointly with your customer or business partner. In a down market IP can become a huge differentiator. 3.
  • VIEW FROM SEED  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014
    [IP] How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss
    Ideation/IP. Sometimes a portion of founders’ equity splits are attributed to “who came up with the idea” or to actual IP that’s brought into the business at inception. For most software and internet startups, the hard IP coming in isn’t usually an issued patent, which is obviously different for biotech or other kinds of startups.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014
    [IP] I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum
    Activities cover clinical trials, FDA approvals, Freedom to Operate (IP, Licenses) software development, drug or device design, etc. Resources may be CRO’s, CPT consultants, IP, Financial or Human resources (regardless of whether they’re consultants or employees.). We’ve pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum. Rationale.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2011
    [IP] 2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?
    If they do go after a Senator with that kind of intensity, it will have an impact. 4) Wired says that 2011 was the year that IP trumped Civil Liberties. I returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. That leaves a fair bit of time to read and think.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013
    [IP] The IPA
    The basic idea of the IPA is that it is a contract between Twitter and the engineer(s) and designer(s) who developed the IP. Our portfolio companies are independent of USV and can make up their own minds about their IP strategies. They have gotten a ton of feedback and have iterated and improved the concept since then.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
    [IP] Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes
    Make sure you own your IP. You MUST have a legal agreement that stipulates that anybody working on the design, coding or testing of your system assigns any and all intellectual property (IP) created to your company. often talk with entrepreneurs who are kicking around their next idea. Here are some lessons to avoid common traps.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014
    [IP] Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?
    What gets lost when a large company looks at the rationale for an acquisition (IP, team, product, users) is that startups are run by founders  searching for a business model. If the startup is acquired for its IP, talent or revenue, it should be rapidly integrated into the acquirer. The Innovation Portfolio. So what? Lessons Learned.
  • STARTUP COMPANY LAWYER  |  MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009
    [IP] When do I need to incorporate a company?
    Creating intellectual property.  If there is any IP created and there is more than one founder, then incorporating an entity and assigning IP to the entity is important.  Several reasons exist for taking the step to incorporate. Hiring employees or third party contractors.  Issuing stock options.  Obtaining visas.  If a non-U.S.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014
    [IP] The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi
    We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam. But it seemed to work. Check. Was it safe? Check.
  • DEIMAR  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013
    [IP] Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make
    Finally, completely understand who owns what as the relationship persists, especially in the case of intellectual property (IP). Not Protecting IP Ownership. Some entrepreneurs make the mistake of creating IP for their new venture while they are still employed by another company. Legal issues often remain in a second plane.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
    [IP] The Pay-It-Forward Culture
    Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers.  We take it so for granted we never even to bother to talk about it.  It’s the “Pay-It-Forward” culture.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [IP] Lying on your resume
    But instead the minute I said, “my first startup used  CATV coax to implement a local-area network for process control systems (which 35 years ago pre-Ethernet and TCP/IP was pretty cutting edge.) It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the coverup. Richard Nixon and Watergate. Badly Want the Job. Why don’t you make something up.”.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014
    [IP] Is This Startup Ready For Investment?
    Todd Morrill  wanted teams developing Diagnostics to have a reimbursement strategy fully documented, the necessary IP in place, regulation and technical validation (clinical trial) regime understood and described and the cost structure and financing needs well documented. —-. Or watch the video here.). Medical Devices. Therapeutics.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014
    [IP] The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make
    My law firm recently entered into a new partnership with This Week in Startups and sponsored their live fireside chat last month in San Francisco with authors Nick Bilton and Brad Stone.  Cheers, Scott [link] Below is my personal outline for the workshop. issues to address include: How have they treated their other portfolio companies?
  • SOCAL CTO  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
    [IP] StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups
    For example: Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack Customer Development for Web Startups How To Get Your First 1,000 Users Similarly, when you look at IP / Intellectual Property for Startups, it's dominated by Jill Hubbard Bowman 's wonderful content.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2011
    [IP] Are You An Internet Entrepreneur In Colorado? Oppose PIPA!
    The Protect IP Act (PIPA) reflects the concern that the DMCA has allowed for significant amounts of piracy to take place on the Internet and that more can and should be done to prevent it. After several discussions with various Congressional staff members, I’ve drafted the following letter to deliver to Senator Udall and Senator Bennet.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
    [IP] How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company
    Importantly, make sure that you retain IP rights to your custom work which needs to be part of the engagement contract. At a minimum co-ownership of the IP. If not specified in contract you might find yourself with future litigation over IP. 4. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. training. rollout support. Whatever.
  • SECRET FORMULA  |  TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013
    [IP] Five Lessons Learned From Bringing Cleantech to China
    tl;dr: Experienced cleantech CEOs leverage China instead of fearing it – enlisting self-interested partners to defend IP and manage risk. IP is the big challenge. When we asked about key challenges experienced in China, intellectual property (IP) protection topped the list. version of it also appeared at GigaOM.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015
    [IP] Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs
    There are many companies with phenomenal IP that is truly differentiated but where the original executive team squandered their opportunity due to inability to sell, market or service customers. There is often money to be made in finding places with under-valued IP. But how? Nobody sees you as a CEO since you’ve never been one?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
    [IP] How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup
    Shame about not getting it in legal writing that you owned the original IP.  For a very small fee they can get your Delaware C corp registration, make sure that you have IP protection and ensure you didn’t make an early bumbling mistakes that you’ll pay for dearly in the next 7-10 years of hard work.  the link is here.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
    [IP] Copywrong Again: Founding the Next Pinterest or Napster?
    Copyright is not the only type of IP right implicated — and others such as rights of privacy and publicity become increasingly relevant in the age of social media — but it provides many of the most accessible examples. Does using a friend’s name or photo in a Facebook “Sponsored Story”  (e.g., “David S. Rose likes Gust.
  • THE STARTUP LAWYER  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2010
    [IP] If I Launched a Startup
    Hell Yes. (9) Vesting Schedule for Founders Shares: 4 years with a One Year Cliff. (10) Consideration for Founders Shares: Cash & IP. (11) Handling of “Lost Founders&# : Lock Down the IP.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013
    [IP] 8 Intellectual Property Items Every Startup Needs
    When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. This name (www.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012
    [IP] The Twitter "Patent Hack"
    So IP that was partially funded by our firm was used to sue other portfolio companies. Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. Twitter has also provided the inventor with certain rights to license the patent to others for defensive purposes. Related articles.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2011
    [IP] Creating a Tech or Biotech: The Entrepreneur
    Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Virtual Work Force: by Don Alexander Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined “Show Me the Money&# : Is This the Right Business Op. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs. Now what?
  • UNION SQUARE VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
    [IP] Help Protect Internet Innovation
    We have previously written about why the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is bad for innovation. SOPA comes close to establishing the American equivalent of the Chinese firewall (just lacks IP filtering) and undermines the freedom to post links which is essential to free speech on the Internet, including blogs and Twitter.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011
    [IP] Social Media Accounts are Intellectual Property
    When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. This name (www.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Patents?
    There are a few ways to obtain the rights to IP for your NewCo. But, for you or your NewCo to obtain licenses or acquisitions of rights to IP, make sure you are negotiating with the CORRECT owner of those technology rights. Many University sites list available IP, but sometimes a search can give you ideas of areas and interests.
  • VC CAFE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2010
    [IP] Special: 72 Israeli Companies Exhibit at the 2010 Mobile World Congress
    Allot Communications -a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenue generation solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. Fring - fring is a mobile social communication hub that lets users communicate and share web-based experiences over IP all from one integrated contact list on their mobile devices.
  • ORRICK TOTAL ACCESS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012
    [IP] Top 10 Mistakes Companies Make During Acquisitions
    Protect Your IP - One of the biggest mistakes companies make in the early stages of their development, is not dotting all their i’s and crossing their t’s when it comes to protecting their intellectual property.  By Don Keller (Partner, Emerging Companies Practice in Silicon Valley, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP).
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013
    [IP] How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time
    The thing is … what I see many sales execs do is burn up countless hours on mid-level campaigns that get torpedoed when the go up the organization due to lack of budget, a desire to own that core IP or other more pressing organization priorities.  You Call high, and get passed down or; B. Call High. The benefits of this are clear: 1.
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012
    [IP] The risks of being a small investor in a private company
    Small investors invest in entity 1 that licenses IP from entity 2. Value of IP increases and entity 2 is sold and eventually cancels entity 1′s license, making entity 1 worthless. 4) Pay-to-play or artificially low downrounds. Here are a few examples. 1) Issuing of senior securities with multiple liquidation preferences.
  • NON-LINEAR GROWTH  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
    [IP] Working with Friends
    Well… today, Intel Capital announced a significant investment in Meritage portfolio company IP Commerce. Crisp is better for it. I’m excited that Intel has decided to join us at IP Commerce. Welcome to the team guys and congratulations to IP Commerce for successfully completing this financing. On and up!
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
    [IP] Notes on the acquisition process
    The most prominent one lately is “IP indemnification.” ” This is a complicated issue, but in short, as a response to patent trolls going after IP escrows, acquirers have been trying to get clawbacks from investors in case of IP claims. Ten years ago, startups financing was an insider’s game. startups
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013
    [IP] As Chinese and Israeli tech relations grow, here are the keys to success
    Prepare for China’s IP laws. The horror stories about IP embezzlement are widely known, and many of them are true, yet good developments are happening and you might want to shift your analysis of the balance of risk and return. Strategic and financial Chinese investors are increasingly investing in Israeli tech companies.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 2015
    [IP] Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation
    They know the activities, resources and partners (manufacturing, regulation, IP, supply chain, etc.) – and the costs to deliver the product/service and have well defined product development and product management tools that emphasize the linear nature of shipping products to existing customers. How can we restart our innovation culture?”.
  • SOCAL CTO  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
    [IP] Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010
    Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. First Principles. Berkonomics , November 29, 2010 Rice Alliance IT/Web 2.0 Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it? If you think so, please let me know what they are
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012
    [IP] 9 Ways to Get More Out of Google Analytics
    Filter IP addresses Certain visits to your website distort your analytics. By using Google Analytics to filter these IP addresses out of the equation, you get a purer set of visitor stats. Already know and love Google's data tools? Here are nine cool features you may not be using--but should. clicking play on a video player).
  • THE STARTUP LAWYER  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010
    [IP] White-Label Mobile App Users: Who Owns Them?
    If a startup gets paid via a revenue share arrangement, the potential exists for the large company to exercise their early-termination rights and get their white-label app’s users free-of-charge (or worse, the IP). Tags: Startup Issues IP mobile applications white label Nothing New. But Gowalla isn’t a white-label app.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
    [IP] Corporate Bad Activity Against Innovators
    Virtual Legality: Legal Letters Claim Oculus VR Made The Oculus Rift Using ZeniMax IP. There’s an amazing amount of bad activity going on in the world of tech right now. It’s predictable – when things start going well the switch flips from fear back to greed and all sorts of craziness ensues.
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2011
    [IP] Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs
    The content industry's lobbyists have forged two new bills, one in the Senate called Protect IP and one in the House called E-Parasites. My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs.   The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Fast forward to today. But three person startups cannot.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2015
    [IP] Top 4 Content Marketing Metrics
    New Users are the number of people viewing the site for the first time (or for the first time on their particular IP address) while returning users are returning to view your content again. This is the total number of unique IP Addresses that have accessed your site in the filter window. Average Session Duration. Bounce Rate.
  • SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
    [IP] Fight for your rights! American Censorship Day (that’s today!)
    The threat comes in the form of two bills, currently making their way through the legislative process – Protect IP Act (PIPA – S.968 ) and Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA – H.R.3261 ). PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. We already have a fundamental access problem on the internet.
  • ANDREW PAYNE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2014
    [IP] If You’re Developing Any 3D Printing Tech, Don’t Buy A Stratasys Printer
    Technically, it says that your invention must incorporate, or be derived from, or improve upon their IP. I’ve written before about the risks of building on various Internet platform APIs (e.g. Facebook, Google, etc.) — many SDK agreements let the platform copy anything they want , while you have no recourse.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
    [IP] Legal Issues Behind Running A Small Business
    As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are protecting your IP and not committing IP infringement. by Melissa Page. If you’re running a small business, you need to be on top of legal basics to make your business successful. There are many forms of contracts that can be adapted to suit your needs. Leases.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015
    [IP] IX WebHosting Review
    Subscribers to this plan would enjoy one free domain as well as two dedicated IP addresses. Three dedicated IP addresses. 15 dedicated IP. Two dedicated IPs. Two dedicated IPs. Two dedicated IPs. This is a big advantage for those who want to access the web without their IP addresses. Introduction.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
    [IP] Have A Great Idea? Hold that Though!
    In a few situations, this can be an issue,for example: · Presentinginformation before filing patents, copyrights or other IP, may prevent the abilityto protect the inventions or ideas. File IP before interacting – There are filings and inventiondisclosures your counsel can do prior to that special conference, meeting orother event.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2013
    [IP] Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)
    Doing so meant they would have to take risks for IP acquisition and customer/market risks outside their experience or comfort zone. I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.  Part 1 outlining the program is here. Read it first. Qualcomm Lessons Learned.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
    [IP] Great Entrepreneurs are Masters of Business Chaos
    Don’t count on your IP to save you. Every startup founder I know talks about the chaos of their business, which they usually attribute to that burst of growth that is required to get to positive cash flow. Your only choice is to live with it, and find a way to conquer it. Employees stop innovating. Your products quickly become outdated.
  • DIEGO BASCH  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [IP] Some Fresh Twitter Stats (as of July 2012, Dataset Included)
    Twitter limits API requests from a given IP address to 150 per hour (in practice sometimes less). I had to use a few addresses to fetch all the data over the weekend (tip that came in handy: some mobile carriers refresh your IP every time you go in and out of airplane mode). Here’s what I did, along with some conclusions.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2015
    [IP] Going Global: 8 Things to Consider If You Want to Expand Your Business
    Many businesses throughout the world are struggling to protect their ideas and intellectual property (IP) rights, particularly when expanding into international markets. The choice of where to base your IP holding company has become a key strategic decision for a company’s board of directors. Today, the world is remarkably small.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2013
    [IP] Apple Wants to Trademark the Word 'Startup'
    However, IP Australia, the country''s trademark governing body, must examine and approve the application first, pending any objections. The Cupertino company is at it again, this time trying its luck Down Under. Apple has landed trademarks before, such as the "i" used in "iPhone" and "iPod," and the chime that sounds when a Mac is turned on.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2015
    [IP] 4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security
    PCI 1-2-3 costs $250/yr plus another $100 per extra IP address. Cyber theft is no longer just a big-business problem, and the conversation concerning cyber security can be confusing and complex. The important question really is: What can you do to protect your business from cyber threats? Install a proper firewall on your network. Conclusion.
  • EARLY GROWTH FINANCIAL SERVICES  |  THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015
    [IP] Crowdfunding: Ways to Boost Your Campaign Success
    Before you go public with your campaign, you need to identify and protect your IP. With crowdfunding blowing up, in a good way, more and more entrepreneurs are considering jumping on the bandwagon. But before you upload your product video and hit the launch button on your campaign, there are some things you need to know.
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
    [IP] Who should learn to program?
    You should realize, however, that to become a good programmer takes thousands of hours of practice. I’d also argue that if you are a non-technical person working at a web company the the first thing you should learn is internet architecture (DNS, http, html, web servers, database, TCP/UDP, IP, etc). Jobs & the economy. startups
  • IP LAW FOR STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010
    [IP] Weighing the Risk of Disclosure to Potential Investors
    But when disclosing the “big&# idea or IP secrets, what are the risks that someone will copy the work or use the IP? Are you disclosing a very general idea that can’t be protected by IP law anyway or confidential information and the detailed specifics of your business plan? Is disclosure worth it? Are they reputable?
  • DIEGO BASCH  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
    [IP] If You Use Comcast DNS Servers, You Cannot Read This
    [Edit: I changed the CNAME record for the root domain to be an A record pointing to the Posterous IP address (currently 184.106.20.99). However, I don't like that solution because if Posterous changes its IP address then everything breaks. This seems to be fixing the problem. Yesterday I asked Twitter to help me diagnose the problem.
  • GUST  |  SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012
    [IP] You are the Best One to Build Your Startup Brand
    hear lots of excuses from startup founders, like “I’m too busy,” concern over IP security, can’t afford an agency, and it’s too early. As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to start selling yourself and your idea. How about talking to some real customers to see if they are as excited about your idea as you are? You need to do it yourself.
  • DAZZLINDONNA  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014
    [IP] The Cheapskate’s Guide To SEO Analysis
    quick way to check is to use the site’s IP address within Bing’s Reverse IP Lookup tool. Just enter this into your browser’s address bar: [link] (Of course, substitute 111.111.111.111 with your site’s IP instead). Bing will list all the sites being served from the same IP. Site Rankings. Resource
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2012
    [IP] Internet Growth Means Big Changes For How Businesses Connect
    Every Internet-enabled computer, whether server, laptop, or mobile device, must have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address to connect to the Internet. After ARIN runs out of available IPv4 addresses, we will only be distributing addresses from the next version of the Internet Protocol, IP version 6 (IPv6). billion of them.
  • A SMART BEAR: STARTUPS AND MARKETING FOR GEEKS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
    [IP] How to find that first big customer
    The contract says you retain the IP and are allowed to sell a product like this to other companies. This is part of an ongoing startup advice series where I answer (anonymized!) questions from readers, like a written version of Smart Bear Live. To get your question answered , email me at asmartbear -at- shortmail -dot- com. didn’t.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012
    [IP] What to do About that Chip on Your Shoulder?
    Well – he had this awesome platform that was super technical – great IP. I’m fond of saying that I look for entrepreneurs that have a chip on their shoulder. That they have something to prove. That they’re not afraid to stick their noses up to the establishment. have always felt this way. It leads to bad decisions.
  • OCCAM'S RAZOR  |  MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012
    [IP] EU Cookie / Privacy Laws: Implications On Data Collection And Analysis
    Information like IP address, the page requested, time stamps, browser ids and more are stored. But information like IP address, browser user agent id, time stamps, page urls and much more are recorded in web logs. Nuance on the cookie issue:] Cookies are fine, IP addresses can't be collected or only partly collected. Enjoy!
  • STEVE BLANK  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015
    [IP] How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost
    Startups are developing IP relevant to the disruption. This is the third in a series about the changing models of corporate innovation co-authored with Evangelos Simoudis. Evangelos and I are working on what we hope will become a book about the new model for corporate entrepreneurship. Read Does it become a new division? Does it get spun out?
  • EARLY GROWTH FINANCIAL SERVICES  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
    [IP] Are NDAs Worth Much?
    The Benefits Signaling — An NDA puts other parties on notice that your IP is valuable, not lightly shared, and that you intend to defend it and your business. Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, are legal contracts designed to protect confidential information. But is using them a good strategy for your business?
  • JOHN O'FARRELL  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011
    [IP] Building the Global Startup
    Protect your IP  . Make sure your IP protection plan covers you internationally.  (The  Patent Cooperation Treaty  process can give you some global protection while postponing the need to file regional or national patents.). This is the first in a series on building a global company from the ground up. Part 1: Laying the groundwork.
  • ASK THE VC  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
    [IP] Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies
    To protect companies with original IP from smarter, faster, aggressive companies who catch the imagination of consumers and advertisers. Andrew’s money quote is: “But, the most important part of Dan’s observation is that open sourcing the product inside a business is now becoming normal, and that’s wonderful. Change is needed.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
    [IP] How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene
    To interconnect these computers we needed IP-based telecommunications equipment build by the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse. Why Now? Changes in the Software World & in Venture Capital. 2.  Artsy?
  • K9 VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011
    [IP] The investment that didn’t happen
    While Zappos was doing diligence on Modista, the issue was brought up that one of other companies in this space — Like.com , founded by Munjal Shah — had filed for some IP in this area. However, the IP climate remains unchanged, and it’s likely that other villains will continue to exploit similar situations.
  • GROWTHINK BLOG  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012
    [IP] 10 Incredible Mobile Marketing Statistics Every Entrepreneur Must Know
    And I was one of the early adapters of Voice Over IP. I have to admit, I'm not a pioneer by any stretch when it comes to most new technologies. I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone. held off on joining Twitter and Facebook until my employees told me I had to do it. And I urge you to do the same. Consider the following: GROWTH 1.
  • CODE AS CRAFT  |  THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012
    [IP] Robots, Graphs, and Binary Search
    The full list has over 1800 records, but here’s a sample: So given this list, and an incoming IP address, how can one quickly tell who it belongs too, if anyone? We love our human customers. That said we get a lot of traffic from robots too. This is great, especially when they use the Etsy API. However, they sometimes misbehave.
  • READWRITESTART  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
    [IP] What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property Around the World
    Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. The Start-Up Genome Project , which aims to map, model and analyze what makes start-ups tick, identified IP as a top source of competitive advantage for start-ups. Finally, start-ups should explore their options for either bringing IP tasks in house or outsourcing them.
  • READWRITESTART  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
    [IP] What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Propery Around the World
    Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. The Start-Up Genome Project , which aims to map, model and analyze what makes start-ups tick, identified IP as a top source of competitive advantage for start-ups. Finally, start-ups should explore their options for either bringing IP tasks in house or outsourcing them.
  • JASON BALL'S TECHBYTES  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
    [IP] How to get a job in Venture Capital
    Bonus points if you’re a ninja in your field of expertise. 3) Work in the industry - Accelerators, PR, HR, Design, IP – whatever. Get I get asked this question a *lot*. wrote a post about it back in 2006 on the topic that I could point people to, but it looks a little light, so I thought I’d post an update. Probably more.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2013
    [IP] Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks
    Give access to music that is legal, avoiding lawsuits and ensuring revenue isn’t captured by other IP owners. Maker announced it has raised $62 million this year, acquired an amazing off-YouTube distribution network and grown its business in monetary terms by almost 300% year-over-year off of an already large base. margin.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014
    [IP] Did Google Learn the Wrong Lessons from Buzz and Wave?
    One big question was “why had Mattel been so late/tentative to video games given (a) the market was huge, (b) they had great IP and (c) their core customer was moving away from traditional toys?” I hope my toddler never touches a hot stove, but if she does, she’ll know not to touch one again. It was a hot stove moment.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
    [IP] Startups Need the ‘Why’ Before the ‘What’ to Build
    Intellectual property (IP). All too many startups are founded simply on the basis of a new and exciting technology invented by an industrious technologist. The right approach is to start by solving a problem causing real pain to a large number of customers willing to pay real money for a solution. Capitalize on strengths and opportunities.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
    [IP] Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out – The Startup Genome Project
    Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. . In April 2010 I received an email that said, “I’m an incoming Stanford student in the fall and working on a project that a number of people suggested I get in touch with you about.&#. Ok, I get a lot of these. Hmm, now I’m getting intrigued. asked.
  • DAVID LEE  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2013
    [IP] 10 Things I Think I Think on Bitcoin
    Examples: TCP/IP (i.e., I’m relatively late to Bitcoin. I’m probably more current than 99.9% of the general population but less informed than the hackers, hobbyists and investors who have been studying this since its inception in early 2009. I’m no payment systems or cryptography expert. like Bitmessage ) can exist. email).
  • A VC : VENTURE CAPITAL AND TECHNOLOGY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010
    [IP] SIP Phones and Voice In The Cloud
    The phone gave me its IP address on my home network. then pointed my web browser to that IP address and entered the sip configuration data into my phone's configuration. realize that voice over IP (VOIP) has been around for over a decade.  Yesterday evening, I got a SNOM M3 phone that I had ordered from Amazon.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015
    [IP] Geo-Targeting Can Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates!
    First off, in order to obtain a visitor’s geo location accurately and non-intrusively, you will require an IP to location database which converts a visitor’s IP address to a usable location. Or, you can choose to work with a more cost-effective and simple software solution that doesn’t require the complex IP tracking technology.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2014
    [IP] Can Your Startup Flourish Despite Business Chaos?
    Don’t count on your IP to save you. Every startup founder I know talks about the chaos of their business, which they usually attribute to that burst of growth that is required to get to positive cash flow. Your only choice is to live with it, and find a way to conquer it. Employees stop innovating. Your products quickly become outdated.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [IP] What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?
    Of course investors care about controls (board, protective provisions, IP assignments, non-solicitation) but these are all pretty standard. Over the years I’ve written extensively about the downsides of convertible notes for startups such as here , here and here. In the old days VCs funded off of a “pre-money” valuation.
  • NIALL KENNEDY'S BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2013
    [IP] Google adds experimental proxy to Chrome for Android
    The original IP address of the device is exposed through the X-Forwarded-For HTTP header. Google Chrome 26 for Android includes an experimental setting to proxy all http scheme requests through Google servers. HTTPS traffic and incognito tabs bypass the proxy. Google Chrome 26 for Android is the current com.chrome.beta release.
  • GABRIEL WEINBERG  |  SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
    [IP] PostgreSQL tips and tricks
    Not to fear; there are some simple things you can do to lessen the impact, e.g.: nice -n 20 ionice -n 3 pg_dump nice -n 20 ionice -n 3 psql This wraps the command to have the lowest cpu priority (via nice ) and ip priority (via ionice ). I've been using PostgreSQL (an open-source database) for many years. IO is slow, so avoid it. you do.
  • BEN'S BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
    [IP] Microsoft Buys Skype
    Skype’s founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, held an IP claim against Skype. Based on the founders’ motivations, we felt that we’d quickly settle the IP litigation. Both sides wanted to get on with the business of making Skype more competitive and could not afford to waste time bickering about IP ownership.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012
    [IP] Compromise vs. Problem Solving
    I spent all day Sunday at Silicon Flatirons’  Digital Broadband Migration Conference. This is a key national conference held in Boulder at the intersection of technology and public policy with a particular focus on the Internet. This year’s conference subtitle was “ The Challenges of Internet Law and Governance.”
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
    [IP] Ten Principles Which Spell Continuous Innovation
    Longer-term, enhanced product value begets superior company valuation through your organization’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Continuous innovation is required to survive in all businesses, beginning with your startup, and increasing in importance as your business matures. Brands. This is an imperative. No risk, no innovation.
  • A SMART BEAR: STARTUPS AND MARKETING FOR GEEKS  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
    [IP] WordPress Page Caching Faster than Light — @WPEngine releases TachyCache
    In a joint venture with CERN, WP Engine has developed a TCP/IP layer on top of a faster-than-light neutrino beam, delivering page content in negative time. Dateline April 1, 2012. Austin TX. Today WP Engine proudly announces a new WordPress page-caching technology which actually delivers pages before  the user clicks the link! Announcements
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015
    [IP] How Many Angels is the Right Amount for a Startup to Have?
    Founder fighting, IP lawsuits, high-profile resignations, trouble fund raising, bad product release, 409a complications, community is rebelling against the CEO: You. If you follow the Twittersphere you may have noticed several people weighing in on this recent piece by Mike Isaac of the NY Times, asking “ How Many Angels is Too Many?
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012
    [IP] 10 Concrete Steps to Assure Business Innovation
    Longer-term, enhanced product value begets superior company valuation through your organization’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio. Continuous innovation is required to survive in all businesses, beginning with a startup, and increasing in importance as your business matures. Brands. This is an imperative. No risk, no innovation.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2015
    [IP] Setting Up a Security System For Your Small Business
    While Internet protocol (IP) cameras are the choice of more and more business and store owners, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can also work for your purpose. IP cameras  are digital and, since they are installed on a company’s IP network, can communicate with any computer or device that has access to the network.
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