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  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012
    [IP] Best Way to Protect Your Brilliant Ideas
    This time I talked to Alexander Poltorak , founder and CEO of General Patent Corporation , an intellectual property firm that focuses on IP strategy, valuation, licensing, and enforcement. We can't call the "Patent Police." If I think someone is infringing on my IP, is there value to sending cease-and-desist letters? to find out.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
    [IP] Why Co-working Spaces Actually Work
    They're low-cost, and provide the typical office amenities--conference rooms, photocopiers, etc. But there are other less tangible benefits for entrepreneurs. What are these? This reflects the community focus of many involved in coworking. Opening your own business is scary. It’s a huge risk personally and professionally.
  • 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?
  • READWRITE.COM  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [IP] Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?
    Asay is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and earned his juris doctorate at Stanford, where he focused on open source and other IP licensing issues. Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About. Contact. Advertise. Privacy. Search. Follow us. Share. Share… on Facebook. on Twitter. on Google+.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
    [IP] 7 Essential Steps Your Web Host Provider Should Be Taking To Secure Your Website
    IP addresses and locations can also be checked as a further measure. The firewall should be robust enough to identify and deny entry to any threats, as well as being flexible enough to enable the blocking of any known IP addresses that have been shown to be unsecure or threatening previously. Passwords. Don’t Mix Accounts. Firewall.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
    [IP] Making the Mobile Shopping Experience Smarter
    This Big Data Start-up Has Some Ideas Tracking the desires and habits of people browsing the Web from a desktop is relatively easy because of all those cookies websites leave behind that allow companies to track a computer''s IP address all around the Internet. This start-up wants to help. Shopping on a phone usually, well, sucks.
  • MIKE MICHALOWICZ  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014
    [IP] How To Get In Front Of Any Decision Maker
    One of the most important aspects of sales – whether you’re dealing with products or services – is getting in front of the decision maker. Most entrepreneurs have faced the situation of making a brilliant pitch, only to discover that all of their time and energy went into convincing the person who isn’t authorized to pull the trigger.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
    [IP] 9 Ways You're Ruining Your Online Reputation
    These days, anyone with a Twitter account and an IP address is a CEO. Everything you do on the Internet is like a tattoo you get late at night that can never, ever be erased. We all behave like idiots at times. It’s been that way since the dawn of civilization. Until now. Look at it this way. The truth is this. Really? Really? Period
  • 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.
  • K9 VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
    [IP] The Making of Lytro
    We talked about several markets — security, defense, professional (DSLRs), consumer (Point-and-Shoots), mobile (cell phones), IP licensing, lens adapters, etc. Almost every VC firm came back with how they either don’t do hardware, or they don’t do IP licensing plays. His office was next door to mine.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
    [IP] The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup
    What about Product / IP? I obviously don’t speak for all investors. But in my experience as an entrepreneur and now spending my time amongst investors I can generalize that almost all VC investments in early stage technology & Internet investments come down to just four key factors. understand. That’s OK, too. million round.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
    [IP] Remember the square and round pegs must match the correct holes
    They obtain the IP rights required to own the technology. Match the people to the correct task! The matching of shapes seems like a simple concept. Fitting pieces into a puzzle requires matching shapes if you want to see the final picture. The matching of pieces of something is critical to building everything. This includes the PEOPLE!
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
    [IP] 14 Interesting Findings From The Startup Genome Project
    Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. This week Blackbox , founded by entrepreneurs Bjoern Lasse Herrmann and Max Marmer, released its first Startup Genome Report — a 67-page in depth analysis on what makes Silicon Valley startups successful based on profiling over 650 startups. better user growth. 2.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 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.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
    [IP] Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup
    talked to one company who had build really differentiated IP and had great customer traction. What could you learn from looking at your competitors or other tech startups in a different way? Are you cynical about their chances in the market just because they seem to be hot in the press and that bugs you? hear views like this all the time.
  • MARKET BY NUMBERS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
    [IP] You Can’t “Feature” Your Way to Success
    In this age of fast development and no IP protection, whoever “owns&# the customer, wins. The analytical mind of an entrepreneur, both engineer and business-side, naturally tends toward solving problems and ostensibly, features solve problems. But it’s the wrong approach for most startups. In fact, the opposite is true. The
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014
    [IP] How to Manage a Crisis Before It Destroys Your Business
    This included hard assets, as well as the IP that we both created. Entrepreneurs offer their best advice for staying afloat, even thriving, during a crisis. If there''s one universal truth in business, it''s that, someday, disaster will strike. You lose your biggest customer; a storm wipes out your data center.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
    [IP] Should Startups Get "Patent Troll" Insurance?
    Could you purchase insurance against IP lawsuits? A patent lawsuit can be a deathblow to a startup – whether a patent troll or legitimate issue to be adjudicated, the cost is not only crippling but the uncertainty of outcome makes their business nearly unfundable to outside investors. Thank goodness they did. One less parasite.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013
    [IP] Reputation and Community
    You can also help your acore in this category by reporting problem briefs and helping us keep an eye out for violations of IP policies or other bad behavior. For instance, being found guilty of concept-copying or other IP violations will lead to a meaningful loss of reputation points as will frivolously accusing other users of IP violations.
  • VC CAFE  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
    [IP] E&Y Journey: Interview with High-Tech Legend Dick Kramlich, by Yoram Tietz
    So if you think they don’t care about IP, then you are wrong. Dick Kramlich and Yoram Tietz at E&Y's Journey conference, Israel, Nov 2011. The following is an interview held on stage at the main event of E&Y’s Journey event. Yoram Tietz – Are these times different? Dick Kramlich – It’s different every time.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016
    [IP] How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?
    So every company that I now work with or talk to that has a need for character-based IP — I always direct them to Andrew. They had a new company in mind and they posed a question to me “If Walt Disney were to try and build a movie studio from scratch today — how would he do it?” I took the bait. Look at Harry Potter.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013
    [IP] Alexis Ohanian: How I Got Washington to Listen to Start-ups
    Now long laid to rest in the graveyard of failed bills, the proposals were known as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and its Senate companion, the Protect IP Act, or PIPA. Now, the Reddit co-founder keeps getting asked: When are you going to run for Congress? He's come a long way since November 2011. doing publicity. He told Inc.
  • NON-LINEAR GROWTH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016
    [IP] Tahosa’s Summit: 6 Months [Series]
    Hire an IP attorney to help you through the process and some good marketing people if you can afford them. I enjoy reading blog posts of entrepreneurs that chronicle the journey of starting and building a business. The ones I enjoy most are at times heart-breaking and at other times triumphant. It feels like its worth writing about.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
    [IP] Four Technologies That You Absolutely Need In Your Office
    So ensure that you have Voice over IP (VoIP) set up, as this will allow you to utilize phone lines and internet lines to communicate through voice, image and video. by Halit Bozdogan. Smaller companies who are on the up, or just starting out, usually have a finite amount of resources. There are things that every office is going to need.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013
    [IP] Lesson Learned in Medical Devices
    In medical devices, understanding reimbursement, regulation and IP is critical. This post is part of our series on the  National Science Foundation I-Corps  Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF. We are redefining how translational medicine is practiced. It’s Part 2:   medical devices and digital health.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    [IP] New Anti-Piracy Rules: What You Need to Know
    Then they identify the publicly available IP address of any computers making the files available. These IP addresses are associated with specific service providers, so the owners of the copyrighted content alert the ISPs to any observed infringement, and service providers in turn alert users. Six strikes, and you're out!
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013
    [IP] Inventor Philippe Kahn on Audacity, Talent, and Luck
    That complements perfectly our innovation, technology, patent, and IP portfolio. An email interview with the serial entrepreneur behind the technology inside the Jawbone Up fitness-tracking wristband. In 1983, Philippe Kahn emigrated from France to the United States with just $2,000, and a software program he created called Turbo Pascal.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
    [IP] 20 Ideas to Spur U.S. Manufacturing
    Increase national awareness that IP is the fuel of our innovation and our competitive advantage. Better coordinate the government agencies that protect our IP. From taxes to teachers to torts, straightforward ideas to kickstart one of the economy''s most lucrative sectors. Why manufacturing? With a multiplier effect of $1.48
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
    [IP] Reviewed: 5 Laptops With Stunning Displays
    The 15.5-inch display runs at 2880x1620 pixels and uses a technology called In-Plane Switching (IPS) for a wide 180-degree viewing angle. Like the Lenovo W540, the IPS tech helps reduce glare and provides a wide side viewing angle of about 180-degrees. You have Wi-Fi, plenty of storage, and a ''fast-enough'' processor.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
    [IP] Bad Notes on Venture Capital
    This week. On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. We raised a convertible note. Me: With a cap? Him: Yes, $8 million. Me: Ah. I see. So you did raise with a price. It’s just a maximum price. Him: Huh? Last week. Me: Ok.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
    [IP] Zayo Group – One of Boulder’s Amazing Startup Stories
    Instead, we sought to provide raw fiber, wavelengths, ethernet, IP, and technical space to those entities that needed a whole lot of bandwidth. regularly talk about the ones we’ve invested in through Foundry Group, but this only covers a part of the awesomeness that is going on here as Foundry Group has a very tight thematic focus.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Scientist & Technical People Can Be Entrepreneurs TOO
    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. good stuff.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013
    [IP] Apple TV and Google DNS Issues
    The punch line is that you leave the “Configure IP” setting alone (let it do this automatically) but change the “Configure DNS” setting to “Manual.” A few days ago I suggested anyone using Google Apps should use Google Public DNS. The one disaster has been Apple TV. Only complaints. And flame wars.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
    [IP] Rovio awarded $700,000 in damages in fake toy lawsuit
    These fluffy toys are a key part of Rovio''s business, and in response the company has been fiercely protecting their IP. 700,000 is no small sum but you''d wonder if that''s much of a deterrent to less IP friendly parts of the world, like China, where things like a fake Angry Birds theme park have opened up. It''s all I got for you
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
    [IP] Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business
    While you can save up influence points (IP) to permanently unlock champions, it is much easier to simply purchase Riot Points (RP) to instantly unlock them, which in turn can be bought online with your credit card or in stores in the form of a gift card. You read that right—the game is free. The live viewership of 8.2 million per game.
  • READWRITESTART  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [IP] The Pay-It-Forward Culture: Silicon Valley's Practical Generosity
    Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. We take it so for granted we never even to bother to talk about it. Sponsor. Helping Our Own.
  • READWRITESTART  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012
    [IP] Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago
    But at least one IP expert said Facebook needs all the patents it can get. According to IP experts, it's not uncommon to persist in getting a patent. In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public , got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that?
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
    [IP] LawPivot: Crowdsourced, Confidential Legal Advice for Startups
    Mandal was the lead of Apple's mergers and acquisitions team, and Gupta was an IP attorney at a several national firms. Questions about the legal requirements surrounding the establishment, incorporation or funding of a startup may be among the most common and most challenging that entrepreneurs face. Sponsor. How It Works. Discuss.
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
    [IP] Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable
    InfiniTrust will collect and analyze large amounts of disparate data sets to generate an “InfiniTrust Score” for every “web entity” (including downloadable programs, ActiveX objects, and website URLs/IPs).  IP intelligence services, phishing blacklist feeds, website and program popularity data). This is all mostly true.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
    [IP] Reasons Why China Android Smartphones Are Trending In The Smartphone Market
    megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM, as well as a 5.5-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch screen, and 1.6GHz Snapdragon MSM8928 CPU. Over the last few years, the smartphone market has greatly changed. The biggest competitors to these already established mobile giants are the little known manufacturers from China. Affordability.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [IP] Coinify opens up to all 34 SEPA countries for buying and selling bitcoin
    Coinfiy is backed by SEED Capital and Accelerace , which gave it some cash to acquire Bitcoin Broker Bitcoin Nordic , as well as the IP rights to the payment gateway technology and merchant relationships from Copenhagen-based  Bitcoin Internet Payment System.
  • FRED DESTIN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
    [IP] The Boston Surprise
    As a remarkable IP powerhouse Boston always has and will continue to produce hard tech innovation that produce meaningful outcomes. Now that I am leaving Boston I can talk about its startup ecosystem in all candor. When I came over 4 years ago , it was essentially as an act of belief in my partner Jeff and in myself. Isn''t he a dashing VC ?
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [IP] The best guru for entrepreneurship and startup for your company
    The highlighted key topics were: 1) Identify the problem, 2) Encourage the team, 3) Problems should have markets, 4) Engineer or re-engineer for performance, 5) Move quickly, and 6) Develop IP strategy. There is Magic In Your Head, USE IT. If you are reading this article, you are in one such site now. They are all well intended.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
    [IP] New Patent Rules: What You Need to Know
    Sweeping changes to patent legislation just went into effect, and more are on the way. Here's how they will affect your business. If you hold patents or plan to, heads up: New rules have gone into effect that constitute the biggest shake-up of the U.S. patent system in decades and maybe ever, some say. Patent and Trademark Office. 72 on the Inc.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015
    [IP] Hosted PBX, A Revelation In Telecommunications Technology
    Irrespective of company size, location, and total employees, the VOIP or voice over IP system is suitable for businesses. All of the IP telephonic system, VoIP maintenance, equipment, support, updates and installation requirements would be taken care of under a single roof. Hosted PBX solution is cost effective and more economical.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
    [IP] How To Predict The Future
    We needed improvements in video compression and in TCP/IP – the underlying protocol that essentially runs the Internet. Today’s post is a guest post from William Hertling, author of the award-winning  Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears  and  A.I. By day he works on web and social media for HP. How To Do It.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016
    [IP] The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”
    Even from the outset, Pied Piper had problems related to IP, with the founder having to beg a local irrigation company for the rights to the company name. Given that Pied Piper is both a startup and a tech company, the frequency with which IP comes up isn’t surprising—over 90 percent of a startup’s value is in its intangible assets.
  • INSTIGATOR BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
    [IP] A New Challenge and a New Opportunity: Joining GoInstant
    As an aside, while this isn’t a huge deal for me, the fact that there’s actual IP behind GoInstant is interesting. Recently I announced that Year One Labs was mostly complete ; at least our active incubation phase. were all fantastic experiences. But now, I want something different. It works on any browser and on mobile devices.
  • STARTUPCFO  |  FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
    [IP] Getting Due Diligence Ready
    The most important ones by far: Intellectual property and IP assignment : make sure every current and former employee and subcontractor / consultant has signed a document assigning all IP rights to the company. We’re getting into that time of the year where VCs stereotypically head for their yachts. Getting Due Diligence Ready.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
    [IP] allensblog: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Worry about NDA's
    are not the areas in which IP matters much.  That said, I can honestly assert that, from my experience, an awesome idea, adequately covered by available IP protections -- but with crappy execution -- never wins. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe.   Why?  Reblog (0). TrackBack.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015
    [IP] What Are The Best Laptops Under $500 in 2015?
    Processing speed is good thanks to the Intel Pentium N3530 processor, and the IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen is crisp and clean, and able to properly display 720p HD videos. Its IPS screen is noted for its high quality, but battery life is below average. High quality IPS screen display. Asus Transformer Book T200 & T100.
  • GUST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [IP] Do It Right The First Time: Avoiding “Janitorial” Legal Work
    This is most urgent when more than one founder is involved, when “outsiders” touch IP related to the new business, or when the startup is engaged in a business closely related to the current or former employer(s) of the founder(s). What is a startup really?  In next week’s post, I will get into specific documents.  Good stuff!
  • ROB GO  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
    [IP] Disrupting Gillette
    There is real IP and decades of effort around optimizing performance that the new players need to deal with. 3. I found myself giving a couple different personal care companies a try recently. One was Harry’s , and the other was Walker & Co. As a result, I have a couple unique POV’s. 1. Time will tell.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [IP] Entrepreneurs: Don't Sweat NDA's -- Do Sweat EMT.
    From my experience, an awesome idea, adequately covered by available IP protections -- but with crappy execution -- never wins. I''ve been working with entrepreneurs and their startups for 35 years.  For a couple of reasons, I think this is a mistake. Why? . So, for the VC, it only invites trouble to sign an NDA.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
    [IP] McAfee To Acquire Finnish Stonesoft For €297 Million
    With Stonesoft, McAfee expects to grow its network security business by delivering the industry’s most complete network security solution with three leading platforms: McAfee’s IPS Network Security Platform, McAfee’s Firewall Enterprise for the high assurance market segment, and Stonesoft’s next-generation firewall.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [IP] Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?
    If you spent the 3 years perfecting some hugely differentiated technology IP that may also be different. There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability. There is a healthy tension between profits & growth. The most obvious way to explain this is with sales people.
  • VC CAFE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [IP] Israeli Startups Raised $2.14 Billion in 2011
    Pure technology companies focus on IP, and need to compete with emerging markets, offering cheaper labor and potentially better economies of scale. Reports on the drop of local VC financing in Israel don’t tell the whole story. The latest IVC report reveals that in 2011, 546 Israeli high-tech companies raised $2.14 million.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
    [IP] Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?
    This analogy carries through to due diligence: fixing a $20 rattling door handle preemptively removes that obstacle to a sale, just as cleaning up your startup’s capitalization table and IP assignment rights in advance will ensure the funding process goes that much smoother. Unfortunately, I cannot make it much less fuzzy. They dazzle.
  • STARTUPCFO  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
    [IP] Getting Series A Ready
    Due diligence ready: all existing legal docs, employee confidentiality and IP assignment agreements, etc are organized and ready for review. -       Company’s existing investors are participating in the round. At Real Ventures , we run a dedicated program of seed stage investments. Defining Series A readiness. Series A is about accelerating.
  • READWRITESTART  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
    [IP] Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRock
    The LaunchRock service gives you the tools to build your launch page - you simply point the A record of your domain to the IP address LaunchRock provides. We've written before about the importance of having a Web presence for your startup, even if you aren't prepared to launch. Sponsor. Discuss.
  • BRAD HARGREAVES  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013
    [IP] Brand Crossovers and Education
    For years, TV/movie/event IP was licensed to create new game titles, generating a bunch of famously terrible games. Today, the entertainment-crossover-into-games genre is effectively dead, with interactive studios investing their biggest budgets in game-specific IP rather than licensed brands. Eventually, the tide turned.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
    [IP] Luxury Outhouse for Dogs: PetLawn
    ” They debuted their start-up, International Pet Solutions (IPS), and their suite of pet care products in September 2010 at SuperZoo, a pet product trade show in Las Vegas. ” Numerous stores expressed interest in selling IPS products, and the growth since then has been explosive. “But it didn’t freak us out.
  • ERIC FRIEDMAN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013
    [IP] Setting up a custom short domain name
    Once you are in, change the A record for your domain to the suggestion IP from Bit.ly. I have been wanting to setup my own custom short URL for awhile and finally got around to setting up eric.mx.  I was inspired by Mark Suster who uses bothsid.es. Logging into Bit.ly, navigate to settings>advanced and add your own custom domain.
  • TEXAS STARTUP BLOG  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011
    [IP] April Fool’s Roundup
    Finally, if you are actually interested in developing GreyScale we are willing to transfer all of the IP as well as the $41 we collected in exchange for 2% of the new company (keep us posted). For those of you who are still wondering, the release of GreyScale yesterday was an April Fool’s joke. Why do we do it? ShopSavvy
  • ESCAPE FROM CUBICLE NATION  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014
    [IP] 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)
    On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. Enjoy her advice, and cover your assets! —-.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Patents and Investors - Mistakes to Avoid to Attract.
    An entrepreneur running a cash strapped start-up may say to themselves, "I am as smart and possibly smarter than any patent attorney that I may hire to handle my IP needs. bvandegarde@hammerpatent.com 704-927-0400 [link] A note from Taffy Williams: Blake Vande Garde is an excellent IP attorney in the Charlotte, NC area. Under 35 U.S.C.
  • WWW.USV.COM  |  TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
    [IP] Investment Thesis @USV
    Venture firms operate a bunch of different ways. Some have a geographical focus, others have a sector focus, still others have a stage focus. In short, as described by Brad last year in 140 characters , USV invests in: Large networks of engaged users, differentiated through user experience, and defensible through network effects.
  • MARKET BY NUMBERS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [IP] Success and Failure — San Diego Startup Community
    His IP strategy is likely irrelevant for his particular product and he admits that he’s mostly doing it to appease local investors. (“What’s your IP strategy?”) With Brad Feld coming to town this week, I think it’s a good time to evaluate the state of San Diego’s Startup Community. ” Geography.
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
    [IP] Bad Notes on VC
    This week. On the phone …. Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. We raised a convertible note. Me: With a cap? Him: Yes, $8 million. Me: Ah. I see. So you  did  raise with a price. It’s just a maximum price. Him: Huh? Last week. At an accelerator …. Me: Ok.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ? Second Guessing
    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?
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
    [IP] Copy-Remix-Profit: How YouTube & Shapeways Are Inventing the Future of Copyright
    No it’s YouTube having pioneered the model of “micro licensing,” where they’re able to identify the copyrighted content, monetize it on behalf of the owner, who de facto permits you to use their IP. Congrats, it’s awesome! Nor is it necessarily fair use. Why do I love what YouTube has created? Like ponies.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
    [IP] 10 Lies Never to Tell Investors
    Describe your patent strategy and how you have approached protecting your IP. All the confidence in the world won't convince a VC these statements are true. Here's why these 10 fibs hurt you -- and what to say instead. Serial entrepreneur and VC Guy Kawasaki recently wrote a post listing the 10 lies entrepreneurs tell investors.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2014
    [IP] Mobile Payment Systems Pose Fraud Risk For Small Businesses
    Fraud-prevention technology includes tools like signature authentication, check verification services, transaction and customer profile databases, IP geolocation, real-time transaction tracking tools, and browser/malware tracking. The price small businesses have to pay for mobile payment fraud isn''t small.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
    [IP] If NYC is going to be a real innovation hub, we can't have our own senators supporting SOPA/PIPA
    Since the DMCA, we’ve basically operated in an environment of “ask forgiveness rather than permission” when it comes to copyright and IP online. Tweet. haven’t spent much time talking about SOPA and PIPA , the two twin bills trying to make their way through Congress right now. It’s basically all in the marketing.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [IP] [Infographic] Evolution Of The G
    Today that smartphone device you have in your hand pretty much works like a microcomputer, when connected to a fourth generation (4G) mobile network deploying IP-based protocols designed primarily for pushing data. The old-school mobile technology of that era used analog-based protocols that could only provide basic voice services.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016
    [IP] How to Find the Top VCs for the Investment You Need
    They invest in strong teams, massive market opportunities, and novel IP. As we head into 2016, we leave behind a year of robust trends for venture capital—or “VC”—funding. In coming months, many entrepreneurs are looking for the best sources to help fund the startups they have planned. Pacific Northwest. billion in 2014 and $1.4
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: SME's: Get More of What you Want ? 8 Tips to Help.
    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?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
    [IP] How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business
    Legal threats from other IP holders? What I love about my job is getting to see teams of super-early-stage companies develop ideas that while raw have potential to make an impact on the market. If I could bottle this moment and spend all my time here I would be in heaven. But alas I must scale with businesses and make money. And so must you.
  • ONSTARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [IP] The Backuisition and 9 Other Types of Acquisitions [humor]
    Sackuisition : This is a deal that's all about the customers or the IP or anything other than the people. It's time for some Friday fun. The following list was sparked in part by my hatred of the term "acquihire" (which no matter how many times I try to train myself, I can never say it correctly in my head when I read it). ” 4.
  • READWRITESTART  |  SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
    [IP] 6 Startup Lessons From the Complexity of Cell Phones
    Minutes became ultra cheap , thanks to voice over IP telephony. Back when we first started using PCs, we all wished that they would become as easy to use as a telephone. Well, we got our wish, not because computers got easier to use but because phones are now so darn complicated. The Phone's Transformation. Lessons for Startups. Analysis
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011
    [IP] Twitter Link Roundup #71 – Small Business, Social Media, Design, Copywriting, Marketing And More
    With increasing numbers of mobile apps, IP theft is becoming more common – [link]. Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account , I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! How to Hire in Chicago – [link].
  • SOCAL CTO  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
    [IP] Startup Business Model Considerations
    Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. all the other folks out there that will try to enter the same market) the barriers have been dropping over the last few years. How’s that for duality. Business - how are you actually going to make money? many more (please comment below
  • WWW.VCCAFE.COM  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [IP] Startup Resources
    IP Location Tools. British Library Business & IP Centre : Funded by the London Development Agency, the British Library supports inventors, small businesses and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Lodestone Innovation Partners (IP) Ltd are spin-out specialists.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013
    [IP] Disaster is Coming. Are You Ready?
    Hosted VoIP - If your business relies at all on getting calls from customers then strongly consider moving to a Hosted VoIP (Voice over IP) solution. Who could have imagined the kind of disruptions and outages that shut down the entire Northeast for weeks? Well, hurricane season is coming up again. Contrast that with my own company.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015
    [IP] Synopsys acquires Oulu's Codenomicon
    Synopsys meanwhile provides electronic design automation and semiconductor IP, but Codenomicon will plug into their software quality and security testing solutions under its Coverity brand. Now Synopsys announced they''ve acquired Codenomicon, plugging in the security firm into the world''s 15th largest software company.
  • 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?
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Need Investment? Increase the Chances by Beefing Up.
    Also, do the best you can on your limited budget to shore up the IP situation. Every day the product is off the market is a day of lost sales while your IP is still protecting it. Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Now what?
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011
    [IP] LawPivot Takes Its Q&A Legal Advice Site Nationwide
    Mandal was the lead of Apple's mergers and acquisitions team, and Gupta was an IP attorney at a several national firms. Legal questions about the establishing, incorporating, or funding a startup are among the most common that entrepreneurs have. There's perhaps a distrust of lawyers and a sense that legal advice will be too costly. Sponsor.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Got Money or Need Money? Doesn't Matter. Focus.
    Take for example, a small company with a “platform technology.&# The platform allows for multiple projects and products that can be created and protected by the Intellectual Property (IP). Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Stuck?
  • THE STARTUP LAWYER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
    [IP] The When to Incorporate Decision-Matrix
    Maybe –> 3 points. (8) Is your startup signing contracts with third-party companies for business services (not for IP creation or development)? In a recent post, I detailed some incorporation-related points of interest if I launched my own startup. But how do you know when the time is right to incorporate your startup? Advice Varies.
  • HIGH CONTRAST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2010
    [IP] Startup Founder Agreements
    It outlines key points of agreement between founders around IP ownership, equity ownership, vesting, etc. For example, without a clear vehicle (a company) to contribute intellectual property into, a founder who walks away may mean that the future company won’t own its own IP. The first post is about agile startup fundraising. Employee.
  • ROB GO  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
    [IP] Startup Jargon Series: DISRUPTION
    So, I thought I’d do a little cliff-notes summary of some of these terms.  I’m not claiming any original IP, but hopefully will be able to pull together some good thinking on these subjects and add some precision to these words.  I’m going to do a new blog series on “Startup Jargon”.  Some of the concepts/phrases I’ll  cover are: Disruptions.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: I Did What?
    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?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014
    [IP] D-Wave's Dream Machine
    We need to sign away our IP? I don''t care." All of that seeded what is now the biggest IP portfolio in the world in quantum computing. round, transforming D-Wave''s mission in the process: The company was no longer just looking to gather IP in the hope of flipping it down the road. at the University of British Columbia.
  • CONVERSIONXL  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016
    [IP] The Advanced Guide to Transactional Emails That Convert
    Use a dedicated IP for transactional emails. Identify all of the machines, IP addresses and sending domains you use. In 2008, Seth Godin published a list of things that “every good marketer knows” Among that list was: “Anticipated, personal, and relevant advertising always does better than unsolicited junk.”
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014
    [IP] Why Your Dotcom Could Become a Dotbomb
    Your business could be the biggest loser when the U.S. gives up control of Internet next year. When it comes to the Internet, there''s never really been much question about who owns, operates, and influences it the most: The U.S. But that will all change in 2015, when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) cedes U.S.
  • BUSINESS PLAN BLOG  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2013
    [IP] The Company Milestones Angel Investors Care About
    Common types of IP rights include copyright, trademarks, patents , design rights, and trade secrets. The Milestones Angel Investors Care About. Below are the milestones that you will need to achieve in order to attract seed investment from Angels: Business Plan. Product Development. Founding Team, Key Hires, Advisory Board. Legal.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015
    [IP] 8 Applications You Should Hunt Down On Your Network
    If a company is making the leap to Voice over IP (VoIP), IT should set the expectation that this is the only voice client that should be running on the wire. By Leon Adato, Head Geek,  SolarWinds. The findings point to workers become increasingly reliant on applications to perform their job. Online Storage. Online Gaming. Media Streaming.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013
    [IP] What a 'Big Bang' Disruptor Could Do to You
    Do we need to think differently about IP? Strategic assertion of IP assets can prove determinative for an incumbent industry participant trying to hold off the explosion of a big-bang disruptor, slowing it down just long enough to form an alliance, strategic investment, joint venture, or outright acquisition. Then, bang! Very much so.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2013
    [IP] Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt II)
    Today, when you perform a search on Google, the results you see are based on what sites you have visited, what products you have purchased, what IP address you are browsing from, and what your social network looks like. Secondly, trends are trends and nothing more. Outsourcing social media. It’s about time! Consumerization of products.
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