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  • VENTURE CHRONICLES  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
    [IP] Read My Lips: We Are Not Walking Away from WebOS
    First the tech pundits, who are centering on the IP is the main asset argument. Today comes news leaked from an internal HP all hands meeting that the company is not abandoning WebOS, 15 months after acquiring it for $1.2 billion. This is how we get all our news about HP these days, leaked memos and meeting soundbites.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
    [IP] What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?
    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. The truth is that I’ve been warning about convertible notes since 2010 it was first declared that “convertible notes have won.”
  • JOE KRAUS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012
    [IP] If you don’t think you need it, you haven’t seen greatness
    He thought well ahead of us in critical areas of IP, sales and BD. One thing I can hear with some regularity from a small founding team is something like “we don’t think we need a marketing person” or “we’re not going to hire a product manager” Those aren’t the only positions I hear that statement for. I hear it for PR, marketing, HR and sometimes BD.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Advisors and Luck Improve Business - Photo Example
    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 Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016
    [IP] A Beginner’s Guide to Programmatic Advertising & RTB
    This will also help direct the type of targeting – like data, contextual, retargeting, IP address, etc. by Andrew Fischer, Co-Founder and CEO, Choozle. Programmatic media buying is the new wave of buying digital advertising. With a recent MediaPost report stating that “66% of marketers are planning to raise programmatic advertising budgets” in 2016, there is no indication that is going anywhere. So what exactly is programmatic?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015
    [IP] How Many Angels is the Right Amount for a Startup to Have?
    Founder fighting, IP lawsuits, high-profile resignations, trouble fund raising, bad product release, 409a complications, community is rebelling against the CEO: You. If you follow the Twittersphere you may have noticed several people weighing in on this recent piece by Mike Isaac of the NY Times, asking “ How Many Angels is Too Many? ” I found myself nodding through all of it with quotes like, “Seed investing is the status symbol of Silicon Valley,” said Sam Altman.
  • READWRITE.COM  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
    [IP] Big Data: Overhyped And Overpaid?
    Asay is an emeritus board member of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and earned his juris doctorate at Stanford, where he focused on open source and other IP licensing issues. Sections. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. About. Contact. Advertise. Privacy. Search. Follow us. Share. Share… on Facebook. on Twitter. on Google+. on Linked in. by Email. Social. Mobile. Enterprise. Cloud. Small Biz. Hot Topics. Microsoft. iPhone 5. Hurricane Sandy. Politics. YouTube.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
    [IP] The Unbiased And Updated Guide To Selecting The Right Hosting Company
    Evidence exists that your hosting IP address can affect your SEO and traffic from Google , particularly if your users are concentrated in a specific geo-location/country. Ecommerce features—Online store and selling tools, SSL certification, dedicated IP, and one-click shopping cart software installation (for ecommerce websites). by Matt Janaway, owner of Outreachly.uk. Are you concerned about the speed of your website?
  • MIKE MICHALOWICZ  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2014
    [IP] How To Get In Front Of Any Decision Maker
    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. Most entrepreneurs have faced the situation of making a brilliant pitch, only to discover that all of their time and energy went into convincing the person who isn’t authorized to pull the trigger. None of us has the time to spin our wheels.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2016
    [IP] Business Owners Need To Understand Intellectual Property Law
    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. by Paige Zandri, Attorney Network Director at Priori Legal.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2016
    [IP] How to Master Content Marketing
    The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! How to Master Content Marketing written by Roxanne Doche read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Pamela Wilson. Content and the notion of content marketing is here to stay.
  • BEN'S BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
    [IP] Microsoft Buys Skype
    Skype’s founders, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, held an IP claim against Skype. Based on the founders’ motivations, we felt that we’d quickly settle the IP litigation. Both sides wanted to get on with the business of making Skype more competitive and could not afford to waste time bickering about IP ownership. All these b$%^&#s and n@#$%s still hatin’. I used to be ballin’, but now I’m Bill Gate-in. Lil Wayne, Bill Gates.
  • K9 VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
    [IP] The Making of Lytro
    We talked about several markets — security, defense, professional (DSLRs), consumer (Point-and-Shoots), mobile (cell phones), IP licensing, lens adapters, etc. Almost every VC firm came back with how they either don’t do hardware, or they don’t do IP licensing plays. This is how I remember it: It’s September 2005, and I was sitting in my office at Stanford in Gates 382.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2016
    [IP] How to Successfully Scale Your Business
    The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! How to Successfully Scale Your Business written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with David Finkel. So here’s the big question – you started a business, so do you own a business or did you create a hard, sometimes low-paying job?
  • A SMART BEAR: STARTUPS AND MARKETING FOR GEEKS  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012
    [IP] WordPress Page Caching Faster than Light — @WPEngine releases TachyCache
    In a joint venture with CERN, WP Engine has developed a TCP/IP layer on top of a faster-than-light neutrino beam, delivering page content in negative time. Dateline April 1, 2012. Austin TX. Today WP Engine proudly announces a new WordPress page-caching technology which actually delivers pages before the user clicks the link! Page state and web analytics is preserved forward in time using quantum-entangled cookies.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
    [IP] The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup
    What about Product / IP? I obviously don’t speak for all investors. But in my experience as an entrepreneur and now spending my time amongst investors I can generalize that almost all VC investments in early stage technology & Internet investments come down to just four key factors. And they’re easy to remember because they all begin with an M: management, market, money and above all else momentum.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011
    [IP] 14 Interesting Findings From The Startup Genome Project
    Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. Silicon Valley technology startup accelerator blackbox earlier this year launched the Startup Genome Project , which seeks to type startups, identify their developmental stage and the metrics that matter, and build a system to integrate the methodologies of many of the Valley’s leading thinkers such as Steve Blank , Eric Ries , Sean Ellis and Dave McClure.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
    [IP] If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!
    Michael Melfi is an IP attorney, entrepreneur coach, investor, media personality and four-time author. By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA. We have all heard the old saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. While this could be a great mantra for the old stereo you have in the garage, it is not the philosophy for creating success as an entrepreneur. If anything, you want to break it fast and break it often and pivot repeatedly until you have a viable product.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
    [IP] Remember the square and round pegs must match the correct holes
    They obtain the IP rights required to own the technology. Match the people to the correct task! The matching of shapes seems like a simple concept. Fitting pieces into a puzzle requires matching shapes if you want to see the final picture. Putting Legos together to make a recognizable form requires a bit of skill and vision of what the final product should look like.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2016
    [IP] 7 Essential Steps Your Web Host Provider Should Be Taking To Secure Your Website
    IP addresses and locations can also be checked as a further measure. The firewall should be robust enough to identify and deny entry to any threats, as well as being flexible enough to enable the blocking of any known IP addresses that have been shown to be unsecure or threatening previously. If you cannot afford, or do not have the skill-set to run, a dedicated private server, then the chances are that you are using web hosting in your business.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013
    [IP] Should Startups Get "Patent Troll" Insurance?
    Could you purchase insurance against IP lawsuits? A patent lawsuit can be a deathblow to a startup – whether a patent troll or legitimate issue to be adjudicated, the cost is not only crippling but the uncertainty of outcome makes their business nearly unfundable to outside investors. Ditto finds themselves subject to two lawsuits – one is clearly a patent troll, the other more complex – but whether they’re in the right or not, it puts them in a very tough position.
  • MARKET BY NUMBERS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011
    [IP] You Can’t “Feature” Your Way to Success
    In this age of fast development and no IP protection, whoever “owns&# the customer, wins. Despite Dave McClure’s imploring to “kill a feature&# and Eric Ries ‘ urging to “cut your product in half, then halve it again,&# most startup founders I encounter are trying to work their way toward Product-Market fit by planning and building new features.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
    [IP] Marketing Insights to Increase Growth and Exposure
    The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! Marketing Insights to Increase Growth and Exposure written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with Josh Steimle. The job of the marketer has changed dramatically over the past decade.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012
    [IP] If NYC is going to be a real innovation hub, we can't have our own senators supporting SOPA/PIPA
    Since the DMCA, we’ve basically operated in an environment of “ask forgiveness rather than permission” when it comes to copyright and IP online. Tweet. I haven’t spent much time talking about SOPA and PIPA , the two twin bills trying to make their way through Congress right now.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
    [IP] Key Contracts Every Business Must Use
    When selling a business , especially an intellectual property dense business, any potential acquirer will want to know that the business (as opposed to specific individuals) own the IP of the business and having an invention and assignment agreement in place is one way to ensure that. by Tej Prakash, co-founder of ShouldiSign.com. Owners of a business are constantly dealing with people (both internal to the business and external) and other businesses.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
    [IP] Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup
    I talked to one company who had build really differentiated IP and had great customer traction. What could you learn from looking at your competitors or other tech startups in a different way? Are you cynical about their chances in the market just because they seem to be hot in the press and that bugs you? Or you think their startup is a passing fad and yours is the real deal? I hear views like this all the time.
  • STARTUP PROFESSIONALS MUSINGS  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [IP] You are the Best One to Build Your Startup Brand
    I hear lots of excuses from startup founders, like “I’m too busy,” concern over IP security, can’t afford an agency, and it’s too early. As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to start selling yourself and your idea. The result is they get no feedback, no credibility, no visibility, and no investors until months later than they expect. I’m definitely not lobbying here for promising things you can’t deliver, or hiring a publicist before your first programmer.
  • VC CAFE  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2011
    [IP] E&Y Journey: Interview with High-Tech Legend Dick Kramlich, by Yoram Tietz
    So if you think they don’t care about IP, then you are wrong. There is a huge change going on in China respecting IP, on the other hand, in software, medical instrumentation, there is a certain latitude in the evolution of companies where IP is the ultimate bastion of defense, so you have to live with the greyness of the world. Dick Kramlich and Yoram Tietz at E&Y's Journey conference, Israel, Nov 2011.
  • VC CAFE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
    [IP] 30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel
    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. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will be eating the world.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
    [IP] Four Technologies That You Absolutely Need In Your Office
    So ensure that you have Voice over IP (VoIP) set up, as this will allow you to utilize phone lines and internet lines to communicate through voice, image and video. by Halit Bozdogan. Smaller companies who are on the up, or just starting out, usually have a finite amount of resources. So finding ways to ensure that you get the best bang from your buck is crucial. There are things that every office is going to need. Desks, chairs and the like are common sense.
  • A SMART BEAR: STARTUPS AND MARKETING FOR GEEKS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011
    [IP] “Fantastic” beats “efficient”
    The IP attorneys would say that we’re bleeding assets, but what we’re actually doing is earning the respect, attention, and sometimes even love from the entire WordPress community. What if you decided to provide something tremendously fantastic for your customers, even though it meant great expense and hardship? This one thing would be incontrovertible — you’d refuse to compromise on that one thing, even if it seems impossible to work out how to do it profitably.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
    [IP] Bad Notes on Venture Capital
    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.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2013
    [IP] Lesson Learned in Medical Devices
    In medical devices, understanding reimbursement, regulation and IP is critical. 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. Doctors, researchers and Principal Investigators in this class got out of the lab and hospital talked to 2,355 customers, tested 947 hypotheses and invalidated 423 of them. The class had 1,145 engagements with instructors and mentors. (We
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014
    [IP] Rovio awarded $700,000 in damages in fake toy lawsuit
    These fluffy toys are a key part of Rovio''s business, and in response the company has been fiercely protecting their IP. 700,000 is no small sum but you''d wonder if that''s much of a deterrent to less IP friendly parts of the world, like China, where things like a fake Angry Birds theme park have opened up.
  • READWRITESTART  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [IP] The Pay-It-Forward Culture: Silicon Valley's Practical Generosity
    Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. Today, in spite of the fact that the valley is crawling with IP lawyers, the tradition of helping and sharing continues. Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers. We take it so for granted we never even to bother to talk about it. It's the "Pay-It-Forward" culture.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Scientist & Technical People Can Be Entrepreneurs TOO
    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 Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [IP] Patent Research Just Got Easier
    An IP lawyer dishes on Google's search tools for patent-seekers--and what every start-up should know before heading down that path. To learn more about how start-ups might use this tool, I checked in with Van Lindberg, an IP and open-source attorney with the international corporate law firm Haynes and Boone. Nevertheless, my personal rule of thumb is that execution on your business trumps IP
  • READWRITESTART  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012
    [IP] Mark Zuckerberg Wins Approval For His First-Ever Patent Application - From 6 Years Ago
    But at least one IP expert said Facebook needs all the patents it can get. According to IP experts, it's not uncommon to persist in getting a patent. In the last few months, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took his company public , got married and scored a nearly $6 million home loan at just over 1%. What could possibly top all that? How about approval of his very first patent request from way back in 2006 - covering privacy issues no less?
  • NON-LINEAR GROWTH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016
    [IP] Tahosa’s Summit: 6 Months [Series]
    Hire an IP attorney to help you through the process and some good marketing people if you can afford them. I enjoy reading blog posts of entrepreneurs that chronicle the journey of starting and building a business. The ones I enjoy most are at times heart-breaking and at other times triumphant. The most memorable are always always authentic and introspective. To my knowledge, no-one has ever done a blog series on the process of building a venture capital or growth equity firm.
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2011
    [IP] LawPivot: Crowdsourced, Confidential Legal Advice for Startups
    Mandal was the lead of Apple's mergers and acquisitions team, and Gupta was an IP attorney at a several national firms. Questions about the legal requirements surrounding the establishment, incorporation or funding of a startup may be among the most common and most challenging that entrepreneurs face. There's the general distrust of lawyers, alongside the sense - true or not - that legal advice will be too costly.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013
    [IP] Apple TV and Google DNS Issues
    The punch line is that you leave the “Configure IP” setting alone (let it do this automatically) but change the “Configure DNS” setting to “Manual.” A few days ago I suggested anyone using Google Apps should use Google Public DNS. The performance difference at my house in Keystone (which uses Comcast) has been dramatic for almost everything. The one disaster has been Apple TV.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Inventions & Patents are Critical - The Technology.
    In one company where I managed the patent estate, the company was paying between $250-500K per year for filing and maintenance fees just for the IP which totaled around 50 patents and applications. You will have to be extremely careful about the technology selection process and the IP that protects it. So, take care in your efforts to have a clean IP position and freedom to operate for NewCo’s part. · Plan for IP costs and the protection of them.
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
    [IP] Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable
    At the core of the product will be a database that classifies URLs, IP addresses, program downloads, ActiveX objects, and other “web entities” according to their degree of trustworthiness. InfiniTrust will collect and analyze large amounts of disparate data sets to generate an “InfiniTrust Score” for every “web entity” (including downloadable programs, ActiveX objects, and website URLs/IPs).
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014
    [IP] Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business
    While you can save up influence points (IP) to permanently unlock champions, it is much easier to simply purchase Riot Points (RP) to instantly unlock them, which in turn can be bought online with your credit card or in stores in the form of a gift card. At first glance, the business model sounds insane—a game that you can download and play for free. Not a free trial, not on a basic account, the game can be played forever while never spending a single penny on it.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2014
    [IP] 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. Major mobile phone brands like Samsung and Apple have been leading the premium smartphone market with innovative and captivating products and designs – but all that has been lately matched by other upcoming mobile phone brands.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2016
    [IP] Everything You Need to Know About Podcasting
    The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)! Everything You Need to Know About Podcasting written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. Marketing Podcast with John Lee Dumas. Ok, so maybe the title of this post is a little bold, but in this episode, I talk mostly about podcasting with one of the most prolific podcasters on the planet.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
    [IP] Coinify opens up to all 34 SEPA countries for buying and selling bitcoin
    Coinfiy is backed by SEED Capital and Accelerace , which gave it some cash to acquire Bitcoin Broker Bitcoin Nordic , as well as the IP rights to the payment gateway technology and merchant relationships from Copenhagen-based Bitcoin Internet Payment System. Denmark's digital currency provider Coinify has seen good success in Denmark, but thanks to regulations they were limited to allowing only those with a Danish bank account to buy and sell bitcoin.
  • FRED DESTIN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014
    [IP] The Boston Surprise
    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. When I came over 4 years ago , it was essentially as an act of belief in my partner Jeff and in myself. To be frank, I did not expect much. Talk was of dreary winters and a boring town full of boring VCs with not much happening.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 2015
    [IP] Hosted PBX, A Revelation In Telecommunications Technology
    Irrespective of company size, location, and total employees, the VOIP or voice over IP system is suitable for businesses. All of the IP telephonic system, VoIP maintenance, equipment, support, updates and installation requirements would be taken care of under a single roof. Telephonic technology has gone several notches high with the arrival of Hosted PBX. This business telecommunication technology is gradually taking the world by storm.
  • SEED STAGE CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2010
    [IP] Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?
    This analogy carries through to due diligence: fixing a $20 rattling door handle preemptively removes that obstacle to a sale, just as cleaning up your startup’s capitalization table and IP assignment rights in advance will ensure the funding process goes that much smoother. skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? Part of my job description involves prepping startups to raise capital.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [IP] The best guru for entrepreneurship and startup for your company
    The highlighted key topics were: 1) Identify the problem, 2) Encourage the team, 3) Problems should have markets, 4) Engineer or re-engineer for performance, 5) Move quickly, and 6) Develop IP strategy. There is Magic In Your Head, USE IT. There is no shortage of advice on the web by all the great gurus providing management, entrepreneurship, and startup guidance. If you are reading this article, you are in one such site now.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
    [IP] Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund
    When you back a founding team and their first product hits a wall, there's not usually any IP that is worth anything to anyone. I recently met up with an investor who I'm not totally sure is a fit for my second fund , so it was important to me that I was upfront about all the reasons why he shouldn't come in. The last thing you want as either a founder or even a VC is to have an investor get stuck with you when you're not on the same page about expectations.
  • INSTIGATOR BLOG  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
    [IP] A New Challenge and a New Opportunity: Joining GoInstant
    As an aside, while this isn’t a huge deal for me, the fact that there’s actual IP behind GoInstant is interesting. Recently I announced that Year One Labs was mostly complete ; at least our active incubation phase. Instead of rehashing that, I’ll just re-publish this part of that post: Year One Labs was the perfect antidote to my experiences just prior to starting it (which involved trying to build a company in the recruitment space during a recession).
  • STARTUPCFO  |  FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
    [IP] Getting Due Diligence Ready
    The most important ones by far: Intellectual property and IP assignment : make sure every current and former employee and subcontractor / consultant has signed a document assigning all IP rights to the company. As investors, we want to avoid GPL exposure forcing us to contribute source code back in a way that compromises the IP value of the company. We’re getting into that time of the year where VCs stereotypically head for their yachts.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
    [IP] Great Start-ups Succeed on Products, not Patents
    Here's why protecting your IP should stay off your to-do list. The real cost of getting a patent You have to design an IP protection policy around your business, not the other way around. Protecting IP can wait Patents can offer value to companies. Your No. 1 job is to get to market and start making money. Twitter has tried innovation in a number of areas of its business. Now it's extending that to a new area: patents. Or, rather, how it uses patents.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015
    [IP] What Are The Best Laptops Under $500 in 2015?
    Processing speed is good thanks to the Intel Pentium N3530 processor, and the IPS (In-Plane Switching) screen is crisp and clean, and able to properly display 720p HD videos. Its IPS screen is noted for its high quality, but battery life is below average. High quality IPS screen display. We could all use some tips for saving money.
  • GUST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [IP] Do It Right The First Time: Avoiding “Janitorial” Legal Work
    Nevertheless, choosing to defer basic corporate housekeeping items can be disastrous in some circumstances, as when the failure to spend a few thousand dollars on legal fees to clarify IP ownership and equity arrangements comes back to bite a successful company to the tune of millions of dollars on the eve of a liquidity event. In Part II, we’ll get into certificates of incorporation, stock purchase agreements, IP assignments and related matters. What is a startup really?
  • CONVERSIONXL  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017
    [IP] Should You Get Rid of Your Website’s Lead Forms?
    Even before someone enters an email address, some live chat solutions are able to use the IP addresses of anonymous visitors surface info like geographic location, what web browser and operating system someone’s using, and even what company someone works at. By looking at IP address, the bot can also route incoming chats to specific sales reps based on the territories their responsible for. The lead capture form has become one of the most ubiquitous tools in a marketer’s toolbelt.
  • ROB GO  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015
    [IP] Disrupting Gillette
    There is real IP and decades of effort around optimizing performance that the new players need to deal with. I found myself giving a couple different personal care companies a try recently. One was Harry’s , and the other was Walker & Co. These experiments stemmed not from my dissatisfaction with my current product (a Gillette Fusion pro-glide), but my general interest in disruptive innovation. I am coming at this question from an interesting perspective.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
    [IP] Copy-Remix-Profit: How YouTube & Shapeways Are Inventing the Future of Copyright
    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. You know that vacation montage video you uploaded to YouTube – the one where you combined all those pics of your friends with the Foo Fighters song you love? Congrats, it’s awesome!
  • CONVERSIONXL  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2016
    [IP] The Advanced Guide to Transactional Emails That Convert
    Use a dedicated IP for transactional emails. Identify all of the machines, IP addresses and sending domains you use. In 2008, Seth Godin published a list of things that “every good marketer knows” Among that list was: “Anticipated, personal, and relevant advertising always does better than unsolicited junk.” ” His conclusion was that there is a very big difference between knowing and doing. Good marketers continue to send unsolicited junk. Tweet It!].
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
    [IP] McAfee To Acquire Finnish Stonesoft For €297 Million
    With Stonesoft, McAfee expects to grow its network security business by delivering the industry’s most complete network security solution with three leading platforms: McAfee’s IPS Network Security Platform, McAfee’s Firewall Enterprise for the high assurance market segment, and Stonesoft’s next-generation firewall. In a big acquisition for Finland, McAfee has announced the acquisition of Helsinki-based Stonesoft for a nice €297 million in cash.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [IP] Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?
    If you spent the 3 years perfecting some hugely differentiated technology IP that may also be different. There are certain topics that even some of the best journalists can’t fully grok. One of them is profitability. I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) and decries that, “They’re not even profitable!”
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011
    [IP] allensblog: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Worry about NDA's
    are not the areas in which IP matters much.  That said, I can honestly assert that, from my experience, an awesome idea, adequately covered by available IP protections -- but with crappy execution -- never wins. allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « Whats a Home Run (in VC-speak) | Main. Bubble Debate: Nail in the Coffin & Lessons for Entrepreneurs & Their Startups » July 24, 2011.
  • VC CAFE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [IP] Israeli Startups Raised $2.14 Billion in 2011
    Pure technology companies focus on IP, and need to compete with emerging markets, offering cheaper labor and potentially better economies of scale. Reports on the drop of local VC financing in Israel don’t tell the whole story. The latest IVC report reveals that in 2011, 546 Israeli high-tech companies raised $2.14 billion in VC funding, representing a 70% increase compared to the $1.26 billion raised in 2010 and almost double from the $1.12 billion raised in 2009.
  • STARTUPCFO  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
    [IP] Getting Series A Ready
    Due diligence ready: all existing legal docs, employee confidentiality and IP assignment agreements, etc are organized and ready for review. - Company’s existing investors are participating in the round. At Real Ventures , we run a dedicated program of seed stage investments. To date we have made 34 of them + another 20 Founderfuel investments. From our vantage point, we see a lot of seed stage funding happening these days.
  • READWRITESTART  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
    [IP] Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRock
    The LaunchRock service gives you the tools to build your launch page - you simply point the A record of your domain to the IP address LaunchRock provides. We've written before about the importance of having a Web presence for your startup, even if you aren't prepared to launch. But a team at this weekend's Startup Weekend in Philadelphia has taken this idea one step further, designing a product that will help startups build viral launch pages: LaunchRock.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
    [IP] Global Expansion Do's & Don'ts
    Build on your existing intellectual property (IP). For this route, you might target jurisdictions with strong histories of protecting IP. Global expansion is not for the faint of heart. But there's a way to improve your chances of building successful international operations. We often work with small businesses that are looking for investment, in many cases because they want to expand globally.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014
    [IP] Entrepreneurs: Don't Sweat NDA's -- Do Sweat EMT.
    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.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
    [IP] An App to Bring the Supply Chain into the 21st Century
    The company also provides customizable search solutions that can allow manufacturers to manage, search, and access in-house databases, flag IP and content infringements, and create their own online databases of 3D models for potential customers to access. It's a simple idea: a 3D search tool for industrial parts. But it could have huge implications for a process that has been costly, inefficient, and opaque. You need a part. You need a component. You need a tool.
  • ERIC FRIEDMAN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013
    [IP] Setting up a custom short domain name
    Once you are in, change the A record for your domain to the suggestion IP from Bit.ly. I have been wanting to setup my own custom short URL for awhile and finally got around to setting up eric.mx. I was inspired by Mark Suster who uses bothsid.es. The process was simple; purchase your own short domain name and connect it to a short link service. My service of choice is Bit.ly , which allows you to do this for free and provides great stats – here is an example: [link].
  • TEXAS STARTUP BLOG  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2011
    [IP] April Fool’s Roundup
    Finally, if you are actually interested in developing GreyScale we are willing to transfer all of the IP as well as the $41 we collected in exchange for 2% of the new company (keep us posted). For those of you who are still wondering, the release of GreyScale yesterday was an April Fool’s joke. When we filed it under ‘April Fools’ I figured everyone would immediate realize it was actually an April Fool’s joke. But some folks didn’t realize we were joking.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017
    [IP] This Is How to Optimize Your Business Blog: 14 Powerful WordPress Plugins
    Login LockDown limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. Content marketing has all but replaced traditional marketing, making branded blogs a necessary element of any business strategy. Whether you’re about to launch your first post, or you’ve been publishing articles online for years, you should be up-to-date with best practices to ensure that your content serves its purpose.
  • ESCAPE FROM CUBICLE NATION  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014
    [IP] 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)
    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 legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly. I want to emphatically recommend that you follow Rachel’s advice.
  • MARKET BY NUMBERS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013
    [IP] Success and Failure — San Diego Startup Community
    His IP strategy is likely irrelevant for his particular product and he admits that he’s mostly doing it to appease local investors. (“What’s your IP strategy?”) With Brad Feld coming to town this week, I think it’s a good time to evaluate the state of San Diego’s Startup Community. If you don’t know Brad, you should take a few minutes to learn more about him.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013
    [IP] Want to Get a Patent? The Clock Is Ticking
    As a result, according to Ed Walsh, a shareholder in the Boston-based IP law firm Wolf Greenfield & Sacks , in most cases it's going to be to your advantage to get the patent application on file as soon as possible. "I This week, new rules kicked in requiring inventors to be the first to file in order to get a patent--but that's not all you need to know. If you've got a patent in your future, you definitely don't want to drag your feet.
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
    [IP] 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 ….
  • WWW.USV.COM  |  TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
    [IP] Investment Thesis @USV
    In an era where the initial cost to develop the prototype of a product has been dramatically reduced, where there are mature and scalable open source tools and services to utilize for that development, and where cloud infrastructure is available on demand and at a variable cost, defensibility may no longer be found in the technology underpinnings - the code or IP - of a service. Venture firms operate a bunch of different ways.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
    [IP] The 4 Questions You Need to Answer About Your Blog’s Privacy Policy
    We also collect potentially personally-identifiable information like IP addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments. You can easily overlook your blog’s privacy policy while you’re focused on creating content. But neglecting it is a dangerous mistake. A clear privacy policy protects you from legal liability and shows your integrity to readers. You’re legally required to have a privacy policy on your website.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 31, 2013
    [IP] Zayo Group – One of Boulder’s Amazing Startup Stories
    Instead, we sought to provide raw fiber, wavelengths, ethernet, IP, and technical space to those entities that needed a whole lot of bandwidth. I’m intensely proud of both the amazing startup community in Boulder as well as the many significant companies that have been – and are being – created in the little town of 100,000 people I call home.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2013
    [IP] [Infographic] Evolution Of The G
    Today that smartphone device you have in your hand pretty much works like a microcomputer, when connected to a fourth generation (4G) mobile network deploying IP-based protocols designed primarily for pushing data. Mobile network usage has increased tremendously over the years, and mobile devices and the technology designed to carry the load has likewise evolved accordingly.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ? Second Guessing
    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 Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015
    [IP] How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business
    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. I love the enthusiasm, the boundless energy and the sense of possibility that comes from having an idea that hasn’t yet been beat up in the marketplace of competing ideas, customer contracts, VC skepticism, jaded journalists or fickle consumers who are on the The New, New Thing.
  • ONSTARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [IP] The Backuisition and 9 Other Types of Acquisitions [humor]
    Sackuisition : This is a deal that's all about the customers or the IP or anything other than the people. It's time for some Friday fun. The following list was sparked in part by my hatred of the term "acquihire" (which no matter how many times I try to train myself, I can never say it correctly in my head when I read it). Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed coming up with them. 10 Types of Acquisitions.
  • CHRIS DIXON  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2014
    [IP] “The Not So Global Internet”
    My son’s friend rented the films on iTunes in NYC, flew down here, then when he tried to play them, they would not play because of IP blocking, but the rental clock (24 hours) started ticking anyway and he lost the rental rights he had paid for. Fred Wilson writes about how frustrating it is when companies break the internet: We are in the caribbean this week celebrating the year end holiday with friends and family.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: Patents and Investors - Mistakes to Avoid to Attract.
    An entrepreneur running a cash strapped start-up may say to themselves, "I am as smart and possibly smarter than any patent attorney that I may hire to handle my IP needs. bvandegarde@hammerpatent.com 704-927-0400 [link] A note from Taffy Williams: Blake Vande Garde is an excellent IP attorney in the Charlotte, NC area. He has a good understanding of the Biotech and Pharma industry and IP law. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company.
  • READWRITESTART  |  SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2012
    [IP] 6 Startup Lessons From the Complexity of Cell Phones
    Minutes became ultra cheap , thanks to voice over IP telephony. Back when we first started using PCs, we all wished that they would become as easy to use as a telephone. Well, we got our wish, not because computers got easier to use but because phones are now so darn complicated. If we examine the process and story by which phones became so complex, we can uncover a variety of lessons that startups can learn - and hopefully avoid. The Phone's Transformation.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013
    [IP] Reputation and Community
    You can also help your acore in this category by reporting problem briefs and helping us keep an eye out for violations of IP policies or other bad behavior. For instance, being found guilty of concept-copying or other IP violations will lead to a meaningful loss of reputation points as will frivolously accusing other users of IP violations.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012
    [IP] Best Way to Protect Your Brilliant Ideas
    This time I talked to Alexander Poltorak , founder and CEO of General Patent Corporation , an intellectual property firm that focuses on IP strategy, valuation, licensing, and enforcement. If I think someone is infringing on my IP, is there value to sending cease-and-desist letters? Another way IP is asymmetrical is that patent litigation is the single most expensive form of litigation: The median cost of a patent litigation is about $5.5
  • SOCAL CTO  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
    [IP] Startup Business Model Considerations
    Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. all the other folks out there that will try to enter the same market) the barriers have been dropping over the last few years.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012
    [IP] Why Co-working Spaces Actually Work
    So she joined Link and saw benefits: One day someone was in for a tour and Liz found out he is an IP attorney. They're low-cost, and provide the typical office amenities--conference rooms, photocopiers, etc. But there are other less tangible benefits for entrepreneurs. Garages and bedrooms may be the archetypal home of scrappy new ventures, but these days entrepreneurs have another option when it comes deciding where to locate a fledgling business: coworking spaces.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2011
    [IP] Startup Blog: SME's: Get More of What you Want ? 8 Tips to Help.
    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 Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
    [IP] Your Road Map to Going Global in Uncertain Times
    When it comes to IP theft and espionage, things get trickier. Above all, experts say, you should only work with partners you trust, and even then, you should only go so far, making sure your precious IP never strays abroad. "If Similarly, experts say entrepreneurs can think of outsourcing older generations of products in countries where IP theft is a threat, because the danger of theft is less important. Managing an international supply chain is getting riskier.
  • WWW.VCCAFE.COM  |  MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013
    [IP] Startup Resources
    IP Location Tools. British Library Business & IP Centre : Funded by the London Development Agency, the British Library supports inventors, small businesses and entrepreneurs from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Lodestone Innovation Partners (IP) Ltd are spin-out specialists. “My IP” – produced by the UK Intellectual Property Office. About VC Cafe. Contact. Startup Resources (Updated Mar 2013).
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015
    [IP] Synopsys acquires Oulu's Codenomicon
    Synopsys meanwhile provides electronic design automation and semiconductor IP, but Codenomicon will plug into their software quality and security testing solutions under its Coverity brand. With vulnerabilities like the Heartbleed bug terrifying large companies full of consumer data, Oulu-based security firm Codenomicon is positioned nicely to protect companies from a world full of software vulnerabilities.
  • EARLY GROWTH FINANCIAL SERVICES  |  THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014
    [IP] Are NDAs Worth Much?
    The Benefits Signaling — An NDA puts other parties on notice that your IP is valuable, not lightly shared, and that you intend to defend it and your business. Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, are legal contracts designed to protect confidential information. They set out the the parties involved, the types of information to be protected, the timeframe covered, and the legal ramifications for violations.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
    [IP] 9 Ways You're Ruining Your Online Reputation
    These days, anyone with a Twitter account and an IP address is a CEO. Everything you do on the Internet is like a tattoo you get late at night that can never, ever be erased. We all behave like idiots at times. It’s been that way since the dawn of civilization. The one saving grace has always been that only a privileged few ever got to see us say or do dumb things. Until now. What you say and do in the privacy of your own home is your own business.
  • INC STARTUPS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
    [IP] Making the Mobile Shopping Experience Smarter
    This Big Data Start-up Has Some Ideas Tracking the desires and habits of people browsing the Web from a desktop is relatively easy because of all those cookies websites leave behind that allow companies to track a computer''s IP address all around the Internet. Identifying how people use their mobile browser is also possible because companies leave cookies on mobile devices, which, by the way, have their own IP addresses, as well.
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011
    [IP] LawPivot Takes Its Q&A Legal Advice Site Nationwide
    Mandal was the lead of Apple's mergers and acquisitions team, and Gupta was an IP attorney at a several national firms. Legal questions about the establishing, incorporating, or funding a startup are among the most common that entrepreneurs have. There's perhaps a distrust of lawyers and a sense that legal advice will be too costly.
  • THE STARTUP LAWYER  |  MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
    [IP] The When to Incorporate Decision-Matrix
    8) Is your startup signing contracts with third-party companies for business services (not for IP creation or development)? In a recent post, I detailed some incorporation-related points of interest if I launched my own startup. The post presumed I made the decision to push forward with the incorporation of my startup. But how do you know when the time is right to incorporate your startup? Advice Varies. There’s a wide range of counsel on this topic.
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