6 Ways To Prevent Disastrous Outsourcing Decisions

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t count on contracts and non-disclosure agreements to save you. Startups are often distributed entities, so adding and managing freelancers, contractors, and outsourcing firms is not a big step.

Crowd-Funding Success Usually Brings New Challenges

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Well-known crowd-funding platforms on the Internet, led by Kickstarter and Indiegogo , have worked for years to provide non-equity “funding” for many startups, as outlined in my previous article Don’t Be Fooled By All The Hype For Crowd Funding. Pebble watch crowd-funding via Wikipedia.

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7 Reasons Smart Startups Establish 'Coopetition'

Startup Professionals Musings

Every smart startup starts with a focus on a unique advantage, such as owning a distribution channel. It leads to referral agreements and affiliate marketing. These are simple cooperation agreements, but many entrepreneurs are too proud or busy to consider them as a growth opportunity.

Startups Must Embrace Coopetition For Rapid Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s very unusual for two competitors to have exactly the same strengths – in development, marketing, distribution, or customer support. Capitalize on shared costs and common distribution. Affiliate marketing and link exchange agreements.

Crowd-Funding Success Usually Brings New Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

Well-known crowd-funding platforms on the Internet, led by Kickstarter and Indiegogo , have worked for years to provide non-equity “funding” for many startups, as outlined in my previous article Don’t Be Fooled By All The Hype For Crowd Funding.

5 Things You Should Never Say When Fundraising

Up and Running

Almost any attorney can break through a non disclosure agreement, so it doesn’t protect your ideas at the end of the day anyway. Doing your homework before seeking an investor is absolutely number one priority.

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The Ultimate Inventor’s Guide to Inventing Things

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So, if I were going to invent something, I’d probably start by creating an affordable jeweler’s workbench, not least because I’d be able to test it, and because I already know all the distribution channels I’d need to hit in order to sell it. The non-disclosure agreement (NDA).

How to find great participants for your user study

Google Ventures

For my Gmail Priority Inbox study, I excluded people who shared their email accounts, had used Gmail for less than six months, or viewed their email through a mobile or other non-Gmail UI. You can distribute the link to your screener lots of ways. A copy of my non-disclosure agreement (which covers confidentiality, as well as permission to record, and protects ownership of ideas). “It’s too hard to find users for usability tests.”

Don’t Count on Crowd-Funding to Save Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The administration of legal conditions, signatures, disclosures, and distributions is a nightmare. In all cases, to keep non-professionals attention, the content of the offer online, or pitch presented, is very limited.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups

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Copyright is the right to control reproduction and distribution of original works of authorship fixed in tangible forms of expression. Patents are property rights granted by the government to exclude all others from making, using, selling or importing anything that uses or incorporates the patented invention (usually described as a new, useful and non-obvious method or process, described in enough detail that it can be reduced to practice).

Design Staff ? How to find great participants for your user study

Design Staff

For my Gmail Priority Inbox study, I excluded people who shared their email accounts, had used Gmail for less than six months, or viewed their email through a mobile or other non-Gmail UI. You can distribute the link to your screener lots of ways. Design Staff. Photo by Karen Blakeman.

Do It Right The First Time, Part II: Visit the Doctor or House Call?

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Readers can anticipate my next point in continuing the analogy: It makes no more sense for a non-lawyer to prepare fundamental legal, governance, equity and intellectual property documents than it would for a patient to self-diagnose and begin taking prescription-strength antibiotics or other medications. Independent contractor or consulting agreements. Advisory board agreements. Small-dollar-amount, routine commercial agreements.

Strategic Partnerships: The View From The Other Side

Inc Startups

For some entrepreneurs, this is the dream: Find a tiger – a large, global company that can provide sales, distribution and branding for your product or service – and ride them to the promised land.

Crowd-Funding is a Bad Approach for Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

The administration of legal conditions, signatures, disclosures, and distributions is a nightmare. In all cases, to keep non-professionals attention, the content of the offer online, or pitch presented, is very limited.

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

Steve Blank

non-public technology. Copyright gives you the right to prevent others from copying, distributing or making derivatives of your work. A contract is a binding legal agreement that is enforceable in a court of law. a Non Disclosure Agreement gives you certain rights to protection of your confidential information.) Your invention must be “ non-obvious.” within one year of sale, offer for sale, public disclosure or public use.

Selling Your Business? Get Your Buyer's Attention

Inc Startups

A few quick exercises can help you develop the right content for a complete selling memo, along with advice for how to distribute the information to prospective buyers and why and how to obtain confidentiality agreements beforehand.

Project Galleries: Public Vs. Private

crowdSPRING Blog

If the project has an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) the gallery is visible after the NDA is executed. Although project galleries on crowdSPRING can be visible to all users, crowdSPRING offers buyers the option to make their project galleries completely private.

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How to hire a programmer to make your ideas happen

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Sometimes non-programmers arent very good at anticipating where there might be problems, so it makes sense to give a very high-level overview of what you expect to happen after the first milestone, and the programmer will know if any follow-up is necessary. In such a case youll have the right to use it, but not to decompile or distribute it and probably youll pay a license amount for it.