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. If traction is the new IP, the question still remains if your startup should file a patent if you see an opportunity.

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For IP Security at Startups, "Later" Isn't Soon Enough

ReadWriteStart

They just cost money, so a lot of cash-strapped startups decide to put them off until "later.". IP theft is happening a lot more in startups," says Chris Porter, senior security analyst at Verizon and coauthor of Verizon's recently released 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report. "IP

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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. Get the download here and read below for the top 5 mistakes, advice and tips on how to address issues before they blow up, and ways to avoid being involved in costly litigation.

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6 Ways For Startups To Reduce Operating Costs

YoungUpstarts

Here are a few ways for startups to reduce operating costs so they can function more efficiently, and make every dollar count: 1. Minimize Premises Costs. The cost to physically operate a business can turn into a major financial burden for startups. by Morgan Sims.

Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

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. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy

Steve Blank

Early on in my career I took a “we’re moving too fast to deal with lawyers” attitude to patents and Intellectual Property (IP.) Type of IP. _. Each patent filing will cost your company $10-30k and take 1-4 years. That changed when I joined the board of a startup, and we sued Microsoft and Sony on the same day for patent infringement – and won $120 million. A few caveats, this post is not legal advice, it’s not even advice, and it deals with law in the United States.

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Should You Patent Your Idea?

Up and Running

Is it cost-prohibitive? Filing a patent is costly—it can put additional stress on your budget. A patent may cost anywhere between $10k and $25k depending on the level of complexity of your invention. it will only cost between $65 and $130.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups

Gust

Having covered all the bases to ensure that your corporate name is available, the domain name can be acquired, and the name doesn’t infringe any existing trademarks (as we discussed last week ), now is a good time to look at the categories of intellectual property (IP) that are relevant to most startups. Second in importance only to talented people, IP in all its forms is the key asset comprising most of the value of any tech startup.

Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World

Gust

Last month we covered the basics of intellectual property (IP) for startups, including a simple taxonomy, some common issues and related documents for entrepreneurs to use when forming a new startup. I’d like to take a step back and discuss the significance of IP as a component of the overall value that founders intend to create as they grow the company. How much is it worth investing in cultivating and enforcing an IP portfolio ?

How to Make Your Business Run More Efficiently

The Startup Magazine

A high level of efficiency promotes cost reduction , customer satisfaction, and time management. While it might seem expensive to implement automated processes now, in the long run it will reduce costs and enhance business efficiency.

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Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

Our solutions provide peace of mind, improve quality of life and save costs to users and service providers. Free roaming technology – unique roaming solution which eliminates roaming costs in more than 150 countries.

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Special: 72 Israeli Companies Exhibit at the 2010 Mobile World Congress

VC Cafe

Our solutions provide peace of mind, improve quality of life and save costs to users and service providers. Allot Communications -a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenue generation solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology.

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The one barrier to entry startups should focus on

Version One Ventures

However, the web has leveled the playing field even more: Lower customer switching costs: With the cloud, customers can more easily switch software vendors without having to worry about a major hardware re-tool or complex IT implementation. Barriers to entry! Photo credit: phill.d)

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8 Intellectual Property Items Every Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

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. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

This needn’t be some terribly complex formula that tries to do a cost accounting of everyone’s contribution to the decimal point. Ideation/IP.

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6 Surveillance Camera Systems For Commercial Use

YoungUpstarts

Pelco Spectra HD IP High-Speed Dome Camera. For a crystal-clear image on your IP camera, the Pelco Spectra never fails to deliver. Bosch IP Camera 200 Series HD. These crisp and compact cameras make the Bosch IP 200 Series perfect for apartments, offices, and small businesses.

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What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Propery Around the World

ReadWriteStart

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.

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3 Things To Consider To Deal With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome In Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be costly as well; it’s better to try and avoid it entirely. Voice over IP systems. Most Voice over IP (VoIP) systems can help companies manage their communication networks (i.e.

Can You Replace Lawyers With Software?

The Startup Magazine

You need lawyers to help you with incorporation and IP creation. However, what you don’t need is lawyers’ prohibitive fees, which can cost your startup hundreds of thousands of dollars — even millions — in just the first few years.

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

This article highlights their advice on issues ranging from financing to patent trolls: While startups may believe lawyers are too costly, working with one early on avoids potentially serious problems later. ” The Cost of Financing.

Business Owners Need To Understand Intellectual Property Law

YoungUpstarts

Patent applications represent the hope for defensible protection, as the most a company can truthfully tell investors is that the company owns its IP. What should my IP strategy be? Image credit: Copyright message from Shutterstock.

Registering A Domain Name For Your Business

YoungUpstarts

Your domain name is different from its IP address. Most users find it easier to remember a site name instead of its IP address (a string of numbers, such as 109.87.6.543). Some web host companies offer to pay domain and registration costs for the customer.

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Has Blockchain Fever Died Down In 2018?

YoungUpstarts

” According to the authors, just like TCP/IP was adopted massively so as to optimize processes in all industries, so will blockchain technology.

3 Ways To Protect Corporate Business Assets

YoungUpstarts

Many e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, have a way to protect businesses from this scenario, but only if the company has the documentation to back up that a product, brand, or design is its legal IP.

Social Media Accounts are Intellectual Property

Startup Professionals Musings

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. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

Can Your Startup Flourish Despite Business Chaos?

Startup Professionals Musings

Once they see you have developed credible traction, they can grab your space with less cost (meaning lower price) than you had to put into developing it. Don’t count on your IP to save you. With decreased employee productivity and outdated technology, your costs go up, and income drops.

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

Agile VC

This needn’t be some terribly complex formula that tries to do a cost accounting of everyone’s contribution to the decimal point. I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

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Is Your Company Utilising The Bacs Payment System?

YoungUpstarts

The Bacs system uses a secure, internet-based service called Bacstel-IP to make payments between banks. Bacs direct debit is a simple and cost-effective way of receiving recurring payments. The Bacstel-IP system is protected with SSL encryption.

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Great Entrepreneurs are Masters of Business Chaos

Startup Professionals Musings

Once they see you have developed credible traction, they can grab your space with less cost (meaning lower price) than you had to put into developing it. Don’t count on your IP to save you. With decreased employee productivity and outdated technology, your costs go up, and income drops.

Optimize Your Toolset To Tackle Today’s Network Issues

YoungUpstarts

Tracking and managing device IP addresses as well as monitoring the resources these devices are accessing to ensure applications are still performing quickly and efficiently while being on the look-out for anomalies that could be signs of a breach are important, too.

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

Both Sides of the Table

This also happens out of “startup weekends” where it’s unclear who contributed to the IP and where many people don’t continue with the idea beyond the first 30 days. *. Lawsuits.

Litigation As a Last Resort: How Mediation Can Help Small Businesses

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Not only is it efficient, but it’s also cost-effective, which means that both sides will likely manage to save money they would otherwise spend on court proceedings.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

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.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

These include the product itself, the customer, the distribution channel, revenue model, how to get, keep and grow customers, resources and activities needed to build the business and costs.). The founding team is testing for the right combination of product, market, revenue, costs, etc.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Finally we move to the left side of the canvas to teach the supporting elements of Resources, Partners, Activities and Costs. Activities cover clinical trials, FDA approvals, Freedom to Operate (IP, Licenses) software development, drug or device design, etc.

Sawyer on Why Bilski Really Means That Software Companies Should Leave the US

Feld Thoughts

On the issue of IP, Congress is in the pocket of media companies, biotech companies, large software companies, and lawyers (all of whom can afford to litigate IP suits), and popular opinion skews in the “pro-patent” direction because awareness and interest are low when thousands upon thousands of people remain unemployed for the longest periods of time in decades. The tax situation and cost of living in, say, South America, is much better than in the U.S.

How To Choose A VPN Provider: 6 Factors To Consider

YoungUpstarts

For instance, while VPNs might have great DNS/IP protection for web browsing and email, when it comes to torrent clients they start leaking information all over the place. Ideally buyers should balance costs and features, finding a blend that works for them.

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The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

Could we produce this at cost? We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. It turns out that while she had the right idea the materials needed some reworking to come in at the cost structure required to build a business at scale.

Hosted PBX, A Revelation In Telecommunications Technology

YoungUpstarts

Hosted PBX solution is cost effective and more economical. Irrespective of company size, location, and total employees, the VOIP or voice over IP system is suitable for businesses. It would lead to predictable communication charges and free of cost interoffice calling.

How do seed VCs pick their investments?

Hippoland

Or churning] How much does it cost to get a customer? Is there any special tech or IP here? [in On Friday, I spent a couple of hours at my alma mater talking with student entrepreneurs about their companies.

As Chinese and Israeli tech relations grow, here are the keys to success

The Next Web

The Israeli focus on reduced costs and high performance, which is injected into the DNA of Israeli tech engineers during their military service, is exactly what China needs. Prepare for China’s IP laws.

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

Agile VC

This needn’t be some terribly complex formula that tries to do a cost accounting of everyone’s contribution to the decimal point. I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

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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). iii) VC’s typically don’t invest in pass-through entities; (iv) more costly and complicated on an ongoing basis. Mistake #2: Not Buttoning-Down IP Ownership Issues.