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. Unfortunately from what I read, crowdfunders expect to invest in the next potential IPO in which IP may play a huge role in the success of the company.

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Startup Blog: Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined

Taffy Williams

Monday, March 21, 2011 Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined This blog will eventually discuss several key issues relating to your technology, including: selection, acquisition of rights, due diligence, commercial market, time to market, end users, size of market, and much more.

Trending Sources

Putting the Dev in Devops: Bringing Software Engineering to Operations Infrastructure Tooling

Code as Craft

This tooling helps us take new hardware from initial power on to being production-ready in a manner of minutes, saving time and energy for both data center technicians racking hardware and engineers who need to bring up new servers. engineering infrastructure operations

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Startup Blog: Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights

Taffy Williams

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights In the last few weeks, I was having discussions with a group starting a company in the healthcare field. That is what I advised the NewCo to do, try to get all the IP under one company.

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. _. The test for non-obvious is: given the prior art at the time of the invention, would a typical engineer 1) identify the problem, and 2) solve it with the invention? 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.

Eight Silly Data Things Marketing People Believe That Get Them Fired.

Occam's Razor

When I search for "avinash" on Google I might rank #1 in the search results because I'm logged into my Google account, the engine has my search history, my computer IP address, it also has searches by others in my vicinity, local stories right now, and so many other signals.

The Importance Of A Local SEO Strategy


To do this right, you have to be aware of the current trends in search engine optimization and the most important ranking factors: The key ranking factors. The sum of referring IPs. Your search engine optimization efforts need to be a part of your general marketing strategy.

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EU Cookie / Privacy Laws: Implications On Data Collection And Analysis

Occam's Razor

Information like IP address, the page requested, time stamps, browser ids and more are stored. But information like IP address, browser user agent id, time stamps, page urls and much more are recorded in web logs. Privacy is a very important issue when it comes to digital.

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

VC Cafe

Allot is a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenuegeneration solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology, Allot Service Gateway solutions for mobile broadband are compliant with 3G.4G/LTE and WiMax networks and provide full cell awareness.

How Etsy Manages HTTPS and SSL Certificates for Custom Domains on Pattern

Code as Craft

To preserve client IP addresses, we make use of the PROXY protocol on our load balancer and mod_proxy_protocol on the proxy hosts. engineering infrastructure security

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Creating a Tech or Biotech: The Entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

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.

Startup Blog: Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Patents?

Taffy Williams

There are a few ways to obtain the rights to IP for your NewCo. But, for you or your NewCo to obtain licenses or acquisitions of rights to IP, make sure you are negotiating with the CORRECT owner of those technology rights. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company.

Q2 2015 DDoS Trends – The Fall Of Search Engine Impersonators


Search engine impersonators are bots that pretend to be crawling a website in an attempt to index it and find useful links. Most website owners are more than happy to have the search engine bots (googlebot and bingbot, to name a couple) browsing their website all day long.

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The Engine of Economic Growth

Taffy Williams

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 The Engine of Economic Growth The Engine of Economic Growth [1] By Stephen A. Boyko [2] Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) are the engine of economic growth. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The basic idea of the IPA is that it is a contract between Twitter and the engineer(s) and designer(s) who developed the IP. It goes on to say that Twitter or a subsquent owner could use the patent offensively with the engineers' and/or designers' approval. Our portfolio companies are independent of USV and can make up their own minds about their IP strategies. No, I am not blogging about India Pale Ale, although I must say that I am a big fan of it.

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Startup Blog: Virtual Work Force: by Don Alexander

Taffy Williams

I am preparing the next section on IP for this blog which I hope to have completed in the near future. Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A.

What Businesses Need To Know In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach


And seeing multiple new accounts coming from the same IP address or device is a red flag for a single person creating many accounts. by Jason Tan, CEO of Sift Science. Online businesses everywhere are going to be dealing with the effects of the recent Equifax breach.

Robots, Graphs, and Binary Search

Code as Craft

This includes datacenters, places that make search engines and crawlers, and companies that lease out CPUs by the slice. The full list has over 1800 records, but here’s a sample: So given this list, and an incoming IP address, how can one quickly tell who it belongs too, if anyone?


Revealed: The Secret Source For Winning Google’s Love by Yaro Starak

In my last post on, we talked about the big fat truth – without unique, fresh, and lengthy content your blog search engine rankings are as good as dead. Check out the previous post here: Blog Writing 101: How To Satisfy Readers And Deliver Top 10 Google Rankings This time I will take it a step further and explain why, without great content, no link building campaign will take you as far with search engines as you would like to go.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

Steve, the VP of Sales and Marketing previously ran their engineering department. Most of the sales force were previously design engineers. I can barely recall the other people I met, (my potential boss the VP of Marketing, interviews with various engineers, etc.)

LXC – Automating Containers aka Virtual Madness (Part 2)

Code as Craft

The first numerically available IP address in any of our VM subnets is allocated to the Bob by iterating through reverse DNS lookups on the range until an NXDOMAIN is returned. An LXC config file is then created using the IP address and other options. Presenting Virtual Madness!

Making it Virtually Easy to Deploy on Day One

Code as Craft

At Etsy we have one hard and fast rule for new Engineers on their first day: deploy to production. A new engineer’s first task is to snap a photo using our in house photo booth ( handmade of course ) and upload it to the about page. The first thing that happens is we find a valid IP in the subnet range, and we use nsupdate to add the DNS information about the VM. engineering infrastructure chef deployment first day KVM libvirt QEMU virtualization

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The Pay-It-Forward Culture

Steve Blank

Engineers in the very small world of silicon and semiconductors would meet at the Wagon Wheel and swap technical problems and solutions with co-workers and competitors. Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The insurgent, three engineers in a walk up in Bushwick, can't even afford the lawyer or the time to file a patent. So IP that was partially funded by our firm was used to sue other portfolio companies. I'd like to thank Twitter's leadership team, especially the legal and engineering teams, for coming up with such an elegant and simple solution to this thorny problem.

The Internet is Ready for Things

Andrew Payne

Mobile and desktop browsers share the same core rendering engine. 4G/LTE is a pipe for IP packets. I’m not a fan of the term “Internet of Things” (IoT), but it is the best way to describe a future where more and more devices are Internet-connected. As computation and communication get cheaper, more “dumb” devices will be “smart” and on-line.


I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Agile Engineering” to have teams prototype, test, and iterate their idea while discovering if they have a profitable business model. Activities cover clinical trials, FDA approvals, Freedom to Operate (IP, Licenses) software development, drug or device design, etc.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Other than measuring engineering progress, there’s no standard language to communicate progress. Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus.

Top 4 Content Marketing Metrics

Duct Tape Marketing

New Users are the number of people viewing the site for the first time (or for the first time on their particular IP address) while returning users are returning to view your content again. This is the total number of unique IP Addresses that have accessed your site in the filter window.

Going Global: 8 Things to Consider If You Want to Expand Your Business

Up and Running

Are there greater opportunities for higher rankings in the search engines, or is the design of your website helping or hindering you? ( The choice of where to base your IP holding company has become a key strategic decision for a company’s board of directors.

This Is How to Optimize Your Business Blog: 14 Powerful WordPress Plugins

Up and Running

Login LockDown limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. Without being fully optimized for search engines (termed “search engine optimization,” or SEO), your website will never get the traction it needs to be a success.

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Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The content industry's lobbyists have forged two new bills, one in the Senate called Protect IP and one in the House called E-Parasites. And venture capitalists will think more than twice about putting $3mm of early stage capital into startups if they know that the vast majority of the funds will go to pay lawyers to defend the companies instead of to hire engineers to create and build product.

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How to Master Content Marketing

Duct Tape Marketing

Prospects and clients alike expect to be able to turn to a search engine and find the answer to any question or challenge they face. The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)!

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The risks of being a small investor in a private company

Chris Dixon

I am no expert on the law, but I have been investing in private companies for about a decade, and during that time I’ve seen many cases where large investors used financial engineering to artificially reduce the value of smaller investors’ equity. Small investors invest in entity 1 that licenses IP from entity 2. Value of IP increases and entity 2 is sold and eventually cancels entity 1′s license, making entity 1 worthless.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

This is done by enriching transaction data points such as name, email address, and billing and shipping address with around 2,000 extra data points, such as an IP latency check to measure the real distance from the user, IP connection type, distance between key strokes, and email name match.

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

Both Sides of the Table

Often your sales engineers can do the customizations without bugging the core eng team. Importantly, make sure that you retain IP rights to your custom work which needs to be part of the engagement contract. At a minimum co-ownership of the IP.

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Who should learn to program?

Chris Dixon

Every company I know is hiring engineers (e.g. I’d also argue that if you are a non-technical person working at a web company the the first thing you should learn is internet architecture (DNS, http, html, web servers, database, TCP/UDP, IP, etc). There has recently been a lot of talk in the tech world and beyond about getting more people to learn computer programming. I think this is a worthy goal*, but the question should be considered from various angles.

Geo-Targeting Can Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates!

Duct Tape Marketing

First off, in order to obtain a visitor’s geo location accurately and non-intrusively, you will require an IP to location database which converts a visitor’s IP address to a usable location. Geo-Targeting Can Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates!

Marketing Insights to Increase Growth and Exposure

Duct Tape Marketing

Questions I ask Josh Steimle: What’s changed the most about search engine optimization? The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! Questions I ask Josh Steimle: * What’s changed the most about search engine optimization?

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Kernel Debugging 101

Code as Craft

The code at the end of the previous section tells us a null pointer dereference was the cause of the crash, and it gives us some clues as to what happened: IP: [<ffffffff8142bb40>] __netif_receive_skb+0x60/0x6e0. So let’s start poking at the memory to see what specifically happened: IP: [<ffffffff8142bb40>] __netif_receive_skb+0x60/0x6e0. But we’ll still be sleeping with one eye open… engineering operations

The Intersection of SEO and CRO (and How to Maximize Long Term Growth)


So, Google (and other search engines) are highly unlikely to penalize for A/B testing. Search engines don’t penalize them because that unique content is only found on their domain and no where else. You’d think conversion optimization and SEO should play together nicely, right?

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