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. After all, you’re peddling pure potential: “Take this patent and make yourself a star…or at least solve some problem faster and more cheaply than you would have been able to yourself.”

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Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not know” or “I doubt it,” you are not alone. It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting.

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Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt II)

crowdSPRING Blog

I started a couple of weeks ago with the first part of a post on small business trends for 2014; today I have 5 more trends that I’d like to share. Illustration, Wikipedia: 2014 – Year of the Horse. Related posts: Small Business and Startups: The Trends for 2014 (Pt I).

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

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 Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

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.

The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

Up and Running

My business doesn’t have IP. 100% of businesses have Intellectual Property (IP). IP is not just for tech businesses or inventors. Even if you simply decide to launch a crowdfunding campaign, you’re exposing your IP to risk. What IP do you have?

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

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.).

Corporate Bad Activity Against Innovators

Feld Thoughts

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.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

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. You’ll find out the minimum when the next round is raised. Him: Huh? Last week.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

Both Sides of the Table

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. I love how transparently Danielle lives her startup (& encourages other to join in) because it provides much needed transparency to other startups.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

4) 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.

Israel & Japan: Konnichi Wa to Collaboration, Sayonara to Stagnation

VC Cafe

In 2014, then Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Toshimitsu Motegi , concluded a joint industrial R&D agreement in Israel. Also, patent review is slower than Europe, as noted by Maier Fenster of IP firm Ehlich & Fenster in his presentation IP in Japan.

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The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

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.

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. You’ll find out the minimum when the next round is raised. Him: Huh? Last week. At an accelerator ….

How to optimize your business with a mobile app

The Next Web

Not to mention, mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. This post is brought to you by Intellectsoft - helping you build software with intelligence. When it comes to the business value of mobile, the growth and engagement numbers speak for themselves.

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7+ Under-Utilized Google Analytics Reports for Conversion Insights


Craig Sullivan, @OptimiseOrDie : I’m a performance junkie – because I started life as a network and security engineer with routers, TCP/IP and lots of cool tools for analyzing and fixing problems.

Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

Up and Running

In order to protect your business’s IP, learn the four different categories. Yes, your business has intellectual property (IP). In fact, 100 percent of businesses have IP. Your email list, logo, sales process, and even your website domain are parts of your IP.

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

Escape From Cubicle Nation

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.

The high road to building an enterprise SaaS company

The Next Web

B2B companies, often due to the higher barriers to develop a working product, have historically been less popular with early-stage investors – such barriers sometimes involve tough requirements for core IP and deep technology. Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber of are partners at YL Ventures.

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Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business

Up and Running

Not only that, they give away million-dollar prizes, and they recently sold out the South Korean Olympic Stadium for the 2014 League World Championship. At first glance, the business model sounds insane—a game that you can download and play for free.

How To Get In Front Of Any Decision Maker

Mike Michalowicz

I knew that we were a perfect fit, but the problem was that the company handled its IP troubles in house. One of the most important aspects of sales – whether you’re dealing with products or services – is getting in front of the decision maker.

How to Protect Your Startup IP

Early Growth Financial Services

Not protecting your business’ IP or unwittingly infringing someone else’s can be a really costly unforced error. This week Allonn Levy of Hopkins & Carley and Glenn McCrae, EGFS’ Strategy Officer, gave a webinar on how to avoid the biggest mistakes startups make with IP. Mistake #1 — Failure to register IP.

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

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.

If You’re Developing Any 3D Printing Tech, Don’t Buy A Stratasys Printer

Andrew Payne

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. I just learned about a similar example in the hardware world.

Can Your Startup Flourish Despite Business Chaos?

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

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Did Google Learn the Wrong Lessons from Buzz and Wave?

Hunter Walker

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. At an extreme she may even get cautious around stoves since she remembers the pain from her first encounter. Turns out, companies aren’t too different from kids.

Retooling Marketing in a B2B Company

Venture Chronicles

I won’t share the specifics here because they represent hard won intelligence that is a form of IP for us, but I also believe that much of this is actually not easily transferred to another company like us.

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The Boston Surprise

Fred Destin

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.

5 Sure-fire Ways to Bomb Your Investor Pitch

Up and Running

Having delivered hundreds of pitches myself (and bombed a few), as well as coaching dozens of entrepreneurs on how to pitch, I’ve definitely seen some doozy pitches.

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

3) Work in the industry - Accelerators, PR, HR, Design, IP – whatever. I get asked this question a *lot*. I 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. There’s no set way to get into VC – it really depends on what you’re starting with (and what role you’re shooting for). So, these are some of the things that are good to start with: 1) Be an entrepreneur.

Optimizing Your Tweets for Search

Duct Tape Marketing

About Daniel Page — Daniel is the Director of Business Development for Ahosting, a leading provider in SEO hosting and multiple IP hosting. Optimizing Your Tweets for Search written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Daniel Page– Enjoy! photo credit: Flickr.

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.

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How to Manage a Crisis Before It Destroys Your Business

Inc Startups

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.

Copy-Remix-Profit: How YouTube & Shapeways Are Inventing the Future of Copyright

Hunter Walker

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.

Entrepreneurs: Don't Sweat NDA's -- Do Sweat EMT.

Allen's Blog

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. Seen a lot of movies.

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To NDA or not to NDA?

Growthink Blog

Visit Traklight and use “ID your IP” with Traklight’s compliments until February 28, 2014. Free “ID your IP” Code GROWT13 ($59 value).

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D-Wave's Dream Machine

Inc Startups

In D-Wave''s vision, a quantum computing age would seem as foreign in 2014 as today''s digital age would to someone living under Herbert Hoover. We need to sign away our IP? All of that seeded what is now the biggest IP portfolio in the world in quantum computing.

There’s an Internet Showdown Brewing

Andrew Payne

Your next TV will likely be 4K with IP-delivered video. Even worse, most ISPs are fundamentally conflicted: IP-streaming video competes with their own proprietary video offerings. Back home in West Virginia, our Verizon phones have no 3G service. There’s no fundamental technical issue; Verizon and US Cellular just won’t enter a 3G roaming agreement.

Lessons Learned in Diagnostics

Steve Blank

It includes reimbursement, regulation, IP, validation, channel access, etc. 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.

Five Old Adages To Ignore When Starting Your Own Business


Your IP and unique perspective can potentially be worth millions if packaged properly. By Steve Siebold, author of “ How Rich People Think “ Aspiring entrepreneurs today are facing a different kind of world from their parents’ generation.