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Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

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As I write these words I already imagine my next deposition in which I’m asked to read this out loud. Lawsuits are on the rise. For what?

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

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We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. Check. Check.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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To interconnect these computers we needed IP-based telecommunications equipment build by the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. Artsy?

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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Call high, and get passed down or; B. Call High. In a small to mid-sized organization this is likely the CEO or perhaps a COO or SVP. Summary.

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

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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.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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So money spent should add equity value or create IP that eventually will. I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “ Startup Burn Rate is Normal. ” I highly recommend reading it. But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Turns out like most things there are no simple answers.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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If you spent the 3 years perfecting some hugely differentiated technology IP that may also be different. One of them is profitability. Profit.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

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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.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

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Give access to music that is legal, avoiding lawsuits and ensuring revenue isn’t captured by other IP owners. ” YouTube takes 45%.

The Most Interesting Online Video Trend

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Most won’t be of the quality that you want but you now have tons of material and inspiration for your show and you own all of the submitted IP.

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What to do About that Chip on Your Shoulder?

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Well – he had this awesome platform that was super technical – great IP. That they have something to prove. To be liked? To fit in?

How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?

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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. Look at Harry Potter.

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How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

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Importantly, make sure that you retain IP rights to your custom work which needs to be part of the engagement contract. training. configuration.

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What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

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You own the IP you create. In a down market IP can become a huge differentiator. 3. This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Period.

Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup

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talked to one company who had build really differentiated IP and had great customer traction. hear views like this all the time. The LEGEND!

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Shame about not getting it in legal writing that you owned the original IP.  the link is here. Many people start companies arse backwards. 

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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What about Product / IP? I obviously don’t speak for all investors. So I wrote to the entrepreneur and said, “Congrats. understand.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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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.

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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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This article originally ran on TechCrunch.  I’m in Seattle this week. really liked BigDoor, MediaPiston, OpsCode, BuddyTV, SEOMoz and much more.

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

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TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) : network transfer protocol, basically it defines requirements for network communications.

I’m sticking with Disqus. Here’s Why

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I’ve written before about my love for Disqus. I’m not an investor – I just love the product. So should I switch? Me thinks, not.

In a Strong Wind Even Turkeys Can Fly

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Double-down on great people, process & IP. One of the wisest people I worked with in my career was  Ameet Shah. love that.

The Long-Term Value of Loyalty

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They seed funded my second company and even let me buy some IP in exchange for debt to get started. Oh, boy. Here we go again.

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

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So, where does this all come from and how can you apply it in practice? Let me start with a story. We ended up agreeing a term sheet for $16.5

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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Company A never raised their round.  6 months afterwards they laid off 75% of their staff and are existing on fumes to protect their IP to this day.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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You need the whole package. Through comment conversations with many of you I tried to emphasize that it isn’t enough to just have one attribute. 

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

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Photo credit: D. Story/J. Blanchard/O’Reilly Media. On this assertion, for the reasons that Paul articulates in his post, I’m aligned.

The Web is Against the Ropes, But it’s Not Dead

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The topic of whether the web is dead was kicked off by Chris Andersen of Wired Magazine in this article. You’re on AOL. Even in China.

This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

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This episode of This Week in Venture Capital featured Michael Montgomery, president of Montgomery & Co. We discussed: 1. Venture Financing. 1.


Is Your Small Business Vulnerable To IP Theft?

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Does your business have the policies, procedures, and personnel emplace to withstand the impact of IP theft and overall security breaches?

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idealAsset is for IP


But in reality, IP sellers and buyers […] The post idealAsset is for IP appeared first on SiliconHills. By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Intellectual property should be a sexy asset to sell. Austin ideal asset

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Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)


Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)


Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know


The following are four classes of protected IP: trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Trademarks. Patents. Copyrights.

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Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

Angel Investing News

Investors will eventually want to validate the intellectual property (IP) prior to investing but not just to hear about the opportunity.  During this phase of the investment process, representatives of the investor group may agree to a non-disclosure agreement as part of their validation of the IP.

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Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. intellectual property IP patent portfolioPatents.

Traction is the new IP

Version One Ventures

“Traction is the new IP ” sums up perfectly how the technology space has evolved over the past decade due to the nature of the web. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company. Even beyond auctions and social networks, the web tends to prefer the category leader.

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IP ownership – lock it down


An issue that has come up time and again in our seed fundings is Intellectual Property (IP) ownership. I’m not talking about patents per se. For this reason, I will never fund a company until I see that every person that has ever been associated with it has signed over their IP rights. IP assignment for employees.

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Startups and IP Ownership Issues

Scott Edward Walker

For many startups, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset.  Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g.,

Protect The Internet

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The Senate bill is called the Protect IP Act. Politics dmca e-parasites internet protect ipThe House bill is called the E-PARASITES Act.