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To NDA or not to NDA?

Growthink Blog

The NDA question comes up more than you would think because scrappy entrepreneurs are always looking for collaborators, co-founders, and capital while jealously guarding their ideas. What is a NDA? Requesting and/or insisting upon a NDA depends on the situation.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

This will only be disclosed when there is an NDA in place. Startups that come to me and ask me to sign an NDA in order to get Free Startup CTO Consulting really are missing it.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

This will only be disclosed when there is an NDA in place. Startups that come to me and ask me to sign an NDA in order to get Free Startup CTO Consulting really are missing it.

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Entrepreneurs: Don't Sweat NDA's -- Do Sweat EMT.

Allen's Blog

I''m wondering if it''s just me, but I think I''ve recently noticed a trend, both with respect to the startups for whom I''m a Sherpa (for the investors to whom I introduce them), and those who approach me to see whether my Sherpa role is a fit, towards asking for (in some cases insisting on) an NDA. So, for the VC, it only invites trouble to sign an NDA. Some entrepreneurs worry that, without an NDA, the VC will steal their idea.

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No, I Won't Sign Your NDA

Inc Startups

We drink a little coffee, we trade pleasantries, and then, when the talk becomes serious, you pull out an NDA. An NDA kills deal flow. Keep the NDA in your pocket for future contractors, employees, and business partners.

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Non-Disclosures Can Protect Your Idea, Or Destroy It

Startup Professionals Musings

CDA entrepreneur idea NDA non-disclosure startup Most entrepreneurs I meet are reluctant to disclose anything about their idea to investors before getting a signed confidential disclosure agreement (CDA).

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

Up and Running

The Hooli CEO wants to know who violated their NDA in leaking the story, and begins to exert pressure on the blogger to give up her source or face a lawsuit for libel. Most NDA violations don’t end with a company acquisition, but they can be costly nonetheless. Image via HBO.

Developing A Startup Ecosystem: From NDA-culture To Free-Sharing

ArcticStartup

In Finland, plunge of Nokia released mass of talented – though NDA-minded – people for the startup ecosystem and simultaneous success in the mobile gaming sector, such as for example Supercell , encouraged many to jump into the startup game. Photo: Shutterstock.

Startup Reality Distortion #3: The Fallacy Of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

onstartups.com

Startup Reality Distortion #3: The Fallacy Of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). I will look at NDAs from an entrepreneur’s perspective and make the argument that pursuing an NDA may not be a particularly effective strategy anyways. The Fallacy Of The NDA. . the NDA is minimal.

I’m Trying To Be Respectful, But This Makes Me Crazy

Feld Thoughts

Pet Peeves approaching VCs confidentiality ndaFollowing is something that happens to me on a regular basis, with a new and exciting twist. I’m telling this story both to vent (maybe I’m grumpy today – I don’t know) as well as for an object lesson on how not to interact with a VC, or at least with me. First – the normal part. I’ve had an email exchange with an entrepreneur over the past week.

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The cult of the NDA

www.frozennorth.org

The cult of the NDA. One startup even printed its NDA on the back of visitors badges, just like a software "shrink wrap" agreement: "By accepting this visitors badge, you agree to the terms of this Non-Disclosure Agreement." At one point, there was even a venture capital conference called NDA , sponsored by the now-defunct (but apparently rising from the grave) Red Herring. Why the cult of the NDA? "The more I find out, the less I know.". Browse archives by date.

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allensblog: Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Worry about NDA's

Allen's Blog

I'm wondering if it's just me, but I've noticed a trend recently, both in the startups for whom I'm a Sherpa (for the investors to whom I introduce them), and those who approach me to see whether my Sherpa role is a fit, towards asking for (in some cases insisting on) an NDA.   So, for the VC, it only invites trouble to sign an NDA.  that is not to say that VC's routinely violate the "spirit" of NDA's.  allensblog.

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Burn Your NDA

Inc Startups

Three reasons to run a more open, honest start-up. And, no, that doesn't involve non-disclosure agreements.) When we first started Napkin Labs, we kept our business idea close to the chest, sharing it only with those in our trusted circle.

Jennifer Lopez and the NDA

Growthink Blog

Every day I see entrepreneurs trying to find that right balance between keeping their intellectual property confidential while sharing and promoting their business model with partners - especially investors - whose interest they so very much need to pique. My bias generally falls strongly on the side of transparency - both because it is a virtue unto itself - and because it takes a lot of effort in our “post your business on the Internet for all to see” age to truly maintain confidentiality.

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Implied Suspicion Versus Implied Trust

Feld Thoughts

Will you sign an NDA first? Me: I don’t sign NDA’s. Since you won’t sign an NDA, you agree that by reading beyond this paragraph you are agreeing not to share my idea with anyone, forward this email to anyone, or discuss the idea without my consent. Me: I’m unwilling to have an implied NDA applied to me via your email. Entrepreneurship nda trustI just had an exchange with an entrepreneur that I don’t know.

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Don’t Ask Known Investors to Sign Non-Disclosures

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often get the advice from their lawyers and friends to always get a Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA or CDA) signed before disclosing anything about their new venture. The format of an NDA is simple, and you can download a sample from my website.

NDA Structure

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Breaking Business : NDA Structure and Meanings. Tweet Facebook LinkedIn Tumblr Stumble Digg Delicious The post NDA Structure appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall

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Why VCs Won't Sign Your NDA

www.readwriteweb.com

But most investors agree : they do not want to sign an NDA. While non-disclosure agreements are designed to protect your ideas, asking potential investors to sign an NDA is generally seen as unnecessary and unwise.

The Tension of Confidentiality

Feld Thoughts

but they’re looking to understand details that should never be discussed with outsiders, even if there is a NDA in place. Entrepreneurship confidentiality nda TAGFEEI’m a huge believer in TAGFEE. But I also respect confidentiality. Every company approaches this differently and it’s important to recognize which context you are in.

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Enterprise Software Spring Training

deal architect

Throughout March, in NDA settings and at more formal events, I am getting a chance to talk to executives at E2Open, Infor, Microsoft. NetSuite, Oracle, Plex, Rimini Street, UNIT4 and Workday. As with all the spring games being played all. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Enterprise Software (other vendors

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Top Legal Concerns for Mobile Application Startups

Early Growth Financial Services

I strongly encourage entrepreneurs to consult an experienced business attorney on … Continue reading → Legal legal entity licensing requirements mobile applications NDA non-disclosure agreement revenue startup startup legalOriginally posted on Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. Ryan Azlein, Partner with Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP, addresses three of the most pressing legal concerns for founders of mobile application companies.

Three Simple NDA Rules for Entrepreneurs

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

If you are asking someone for money do not ask for an NDA. If someone is giving you free advice do not ask for an NDA. If you are going to pay or potentially pay someone with cash or equity ask for an NDA.

VCs Won't Sign Your NDA

VC Whisperer

People often ask me: Paul, will you sign an NDA before I send you my business plan?As As a VC, I am often asked by entrepreneurs to sign an NDA before they send me their business plans. We see dozens of opportunities each week, and there's no way we could sign an NDA before looking at each one.The reality is that. I think entrepreneurs should understand that this is an unreasonable request.

VCs Won't Sign Your NDA

The VC Whisperer

People often ask me: Paul, will you sign an NDA before I send you my business plan?As As a VC, I am often asked by entrepreneurs to sign an NDA before they send me their business plans. We see dozens of opportunities each week, and there's no way we could sign an NDA before looking at each one.The reality is that. I think entrepreneurs should understand that this is an unreasonable request.

Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

Frequently Asked Questions Will we sign an NDA? You need to be able to share with us without an NDA. If you can't tell us the details of what you are doing without an NDA, it won't make sense for us to talk. I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO.

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One More Time: No NDAs

dashes.com

By unusual coincidence, this week I had a number of different folks ask me to sign NDA s about the new projects theyre working on. But signing an NDA ? I can explain why, but if you saw what Brad Feld or Alexander Muse or Fred Wilson or Joel Spolsky or (my favorite take) Andrew Warner write about why they dont sign NDA s, you can skip the rest of this post. Or some big companies just have a boilerplate NDA that they throw in front of people as a matter of course.

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Ethics and Morals

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There was no NDA or non-compete between the parties involved so it is not clear that anything illegal transpired here. At the end of the Berlin talk I posted yesterday, there was a question about ethics. It was directed at startups and how they build a culture of ethical behavior. But ethics and morals is an issue that extends beyond startups. It is an issue for all businesses and business people. The Gotham Gal recently told me a story about one of her portfolio companies.

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Staying Stealth - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

There were still a lot of entrepreneurs who wanted to stay stealth and they would ask me to sign an NDA before talking about their startup. There were still a lot of entrepreneurs who wanted to stay stealth and they would ask me to sign an NDA before talking about their startup. The Web and the World of Business. Observations on doing business in the world of Web 2.0. Archives. Other Blogs. Search. Staying Stealth. By DShen on July 20, 2011 7:28 PM.

If I Launched a Startup

The Startup Lawyer

1) Length of NDA: 0 pages. (2) Here’s what I’d do in the beginning: Incorporation. (1) 1) Entity Choice: Corporation or Corporation. (2) 2) State of Incorporation: Delaware. (3) 3) Authorized Shares in Charter: 10,000,000 Shares. (4) 4) Type of Shares: Common Stock. (5) 5) Par Value of Common: $0.0001. (6) 6) Initial Founders Issuance: 8,000,000 Shares. (7) 7) Founders Equity Split: Depends on the Team, But Quickly and After the Awkward & Difficult Conversations. (8)

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

SoCal CTO

Frequently Asked Questions Will we sign an NDA? You need to be able to share with us without an NDA. If you can't tell us the details of what you are doing without an NDA, it won't make sense for us to talk. I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO.

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Idea Non-Disclosure Demands Kill Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs often get the advice from their lawyers and friends to always get a Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA or CDA) signed before disclosing anything about their new venture. The format of an NDA is simple, and you can download a sample from my website.

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I Love Google’s Style

Feld Thoughts

Several weeks ago, I was contacted again and let into (under NDA) an early adopter program to test out the new feature. Today Google announced that they had now raised the limit on number of contacts to 25,000 (from 10,000) for all Gmail users (including Google Apps users.) Boom – done – deployed for everyone – and announced in a short and to the point blog post.

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The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

Up and Running

Everyone will sign an NDA. Requesting to have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) signed when you’re sharing proprietary information is very wise. Should you get a patent? What about a copyright? A trademark?

The Agony and Ecstasy of Selling My First Company

Feld Thoughts

We gave them to him (no NDA required – we didn’t even know, or care, what an NDA was) and he started going through them. Several years ago, Alex Iskold wrote a great overview of What It Is Like To Sell Your First Company. I thought it was a great description and encourage every entrepreneur who has never been through the sale of a company to read it. Rereading Alex’s post inspired me to write my first person account of selling my first company.

Startup Myths #1 – You Need an NDA

chrissundberg.com

Startup Myths #1 – You Need an NDA. You Need an NDA. The Myth: You need an NDA to protect your intellectual property. The Truth: A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can be a useful document. I sign an NDA. About. Services. Contact.

6 Steps To Convert An Idea To A Sustainable Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Limit your disclosures to people you trust, and learn the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDA). It seems like everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and get rich these days. As a business mentor, I sometimes feel besieged by people begging for my view and support of their latest idea.

Initial Conversation with a CTO or Technical Advisor

SoCal CTO

You don’t ask for an NDA from an investor before presenting. Are you a non-technical startup founder who’s about to go have a conversation with a Chief Technical Officer (CTO) or Technical advisory type person?

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3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

Inc Startups

That''s where a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) comes in. Sometimes an NDA won''t happen. How do you keep your IP safe from view. and under what circumstances should you show it to others?

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

Make sure every employee has signed a good employee agreement, with an NDA included. (Powered by LaunchBit ). Raising money is a dirty job, but someone has to do it right? Very true, but it’ll go a lot easier if everything behind the scenes is clean, well-organized and ready to go.

Worked Up about Unrealistic Venture Capital Valuation

Growthink Blog

However, his law firm had created a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for me to sign before we could start. So, I reviewed the NDA. And I found the NDA really couldn't be signed. Now, I told Mike that I would sign his NDA if he put in some standard NDA clauses (like a time restriction). Like raising angel funding (where he might get them to sign an NDA). And the law firm, I'm sure, charged again to review and reject the NDA suggestions I made.

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