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6 Costly Legal Mistakes Made by Startups

Launching a startup is undeniably an exciting time. Not only are you finally your own boss, but you also have a chance to become one of the most prolific companies in the world. Granted, that’s unlikely, but who knows, right? Unfortunately, that excitement can be…

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The Legal Lowdown on Fake or Paid Reviews

Doing business in today’s marketplace means promoting your products and services online. An upside: the Internet affords many marketing opportunities. A downside: anyone with an Internet connection can write a bad – and fake – review about your company, product or service. …

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The Controversy of 3D Printing and Stealing Cars

You’ve seen the public service announcements, backed by the MPAA, often attached to older DVD releases and some movie trailers, and now disdained. “You wouldn’t steal a car, so why would you steal a movie?” The comparison always drew ire, mostly jokingly. Stealing a…

Legal

How to Change Your Startup Name

A lot of people would tell you that naming your startup is like a first impression: you only get one chance, so don’t mess it up. But startups who have successfully re-branded themselves provide an interesting counterpoint, and most startups have the luxury of low…

Culture

Prenups for Startups: How to Structure Founding Teams

One of the people in my networking group in Chicago posed this question: How do your teams structure yourselves so that people are compensated fairly and encouraged to do their best work? The ensuing online discussion inevitably turned toward how to create a working…