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

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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.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

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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.

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How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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To interconnect these computers we needed IP-based telecommunications equipment build by the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse.

How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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The thing is … what I see many sales execs do is burn up countless hours on mid-level campaigns that get torpedoed when the go up the organization due to lack of budget, a desire to own that core IP or other more pressing organization priorities.

What is it Like to Negotiate a VC Round?

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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.”

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

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There are many companies with phenomenal IP that is truly differentiated but where the original executive team squandered their opportunity due to inability to sell, market or service customers. There is often money to be made in finding places with under-valued IP. We looked at the IP and realized it was highly differentiated / hard to replicate. A shortened, better edited and with nicer pictures version of this post first appeared on TechCrunch.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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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.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

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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.

Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

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Give access to music that is legal, avoiding lawsuits and ensuring revenue isn’t captured by other IP owners.

The Most Interesting Online Video Trend

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Most won’t be of the quality that you want but you now have tons of material and inspiration for your show and you own all of the submitted IP. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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What to do About that Chip on Your Shoulder?

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Well – he had this awesome platform that was super technical – great IP. I’m fond of saying that I look for entrepreneurs that have a chip on their shoulder. That they have something to prove. That they’re not afraid to stick their noses up to the establishment.

How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?

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So every company that I now work with or talk to that has a need for character-based IP — I always direct them to Andrew.

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

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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. If not specified in contract you might find yourself with future litigation over IP.

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What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

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You own the IP you create. If you build a true “technology services for services sake&# business at some point you’ll likely build technology products as part of your projects where you either own the IP or you own in jointly with your customer or business partner.

Why You Should Embrace Opposing Views at Your Startup

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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?

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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Shame about not getting it in legal writing that you owned the original IP. For company registration, angel deals, Series A & B funding, Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOP), IP filings and even litigation it doesn’t need to be that way.

The Four Main Things that Investors Look for in a Startup

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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.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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To the best of my knowledge US law allows you to work on your own resources and in your own hours and let you personally own your IP. In some countries outside the US (the UK for example) employers can specify in an employment contract that ANY IP you develop while you’re employed by that company is owned by them. Make sure you own your IP.

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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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This article originally ran on TechCrunch. I’m in Seattle this week. People keep asking me if I’ve “seen anything interesting.&# Of course I have. I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I’m always inspired when I hear stories about innovation.

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

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TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) : network transfer protocol, basically it defines requirements for network communications.

I’m sticking with Disqus. Here’s Why

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In the rare instances where I get a troll I’m able to delete their comment and block them by email address or IP address. I’ve written before about my love for Disqus. I’m not an investor – I just love the product. So now Facebook has a new commenting system.

In a Strong Wind Even Turkeys Can Fly

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It’s why as an investor I look for talented teams with long-term vision, a unique point-of-view, differentiated IP and a desire to build something enduring. Double-down on great people, process & IP. One of the wisest people I worked with in my career was Ameet Shah.

The Long-Term Value of Loyalty

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They seed funded my second company and even let me buy some IP in exchange for debt to get started. Oh, boy. Here we go again. Another post on job hopping. This will be my final word on the topic. I promise.

Time is the Enemy of All Deals

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If it’s a biz deal you might care about IP protection, revenue share, investment commitments to joint marketing – whatever. If it’s a biz deal you might care about IP protection, revenue share, investment commitments to joint marketing – whatever.

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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6 months afterwards they laid off 75% of their staff and are existing on fumes to protect their IP to this day. This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

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If this idea was so big then why would they risk not being first to market, not building defensible IP for the sake of a few hundred thousand dollars extra in lock-up money at a big company? This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful.

Revisiting Paul Graham’s “High Resolution” Financing

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When I first read Paul Graham’s blog post on “High Resolution&# Financing I read it as a treatise arguing that convertible notes are better than equity. As I’m generally a believer in ‘pricing rounds’ I initially didn’t agree with the premise of the post.

The Web is Against the Ropes, But it’s Not Dead

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The start of the argument is that you need to separate using the Internet into “infrastructure & cloud services&# (basically the protocols of the Internet such as HTTP, TCP/IP, SMTP, etc. +

This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

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He said that there remains a very healthy market for “data oriented&# software companies because the world is moving more toward measurability and software companies with differentiated IP often get a premium in the market.

idealAsset is Match.com for IP

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But in reality, IP sellers and buyers […] The post idealAsset is Match.com 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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Is Your Small Business Vulnerable To IP Theft?

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Does your business have the policies, procedures, and personnel emplace to withstand the impact of IP theft and overall security breaches? This article Is Your Small Business Vulnerable To IP Theft? Business Law Grow Intellectual Property ip theft legal legal tips

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Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

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Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Last week, we met with a company and when we asked about their core IP, they launched into a 5 minute discussion about the various patents they filed. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

BeyondVC

Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Last week, we met with a company and when we asked about their core IP, they launched into a 5 minute discussion about the various patents they filed. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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Unless you have baked in the proper IP protection, it’s far too easy for a great idea to be replicated and for you to be out of the game before even getting started. The following are four classes of protected IP: trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

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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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Startups and IP Ownership Issues

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For many startups, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset. Below are the three most common IP-related mistakes that startups make — the first of which I discuss in this brief video with Jason Calacanis. Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g.,

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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. intellectual property IP patent portfolio

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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IP ownership – lock it down

StartupCFO

An issue that has come up time and again in our seed fundings is Intellectual Property (IP) ownership. For this reason, I will never fund a company until I see that every person that has ever been associated with it has signed over their IP rights. But until such time as you have that lawyer, here are two templates to get you started: IP assignment for Independent Contractors (i.e. IP assignment for employees. This post falls under the boring yet crucial category.

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

ReadWriteStart

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 IP theft and other data breaches at startups are definitely trending up.". A brilliant idea.