Legal

What Startups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property

By | Aug 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm

In a startup’s early years, developing an intellectual property (IP) strategy is critical to preventing mistakes that may influence valuation and long-term viability. Easier said than done, any startup knows the need to be judicious with their resources. Thus, most startups’ IP portfolios will…

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Partnership Agreements Are Critical For Your Business

By | Jul 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

When you bring a business partner on board, it could feel like you are trusting them with your baby. While having a partner can strengthen the foundation and capabilities of your business, it also means giving up some of the total control you’ve been…

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3 Things Cofounders Need to Consider When Starting a Business

By | Feb 24, 2017 at 11:20 am

The idea has cultivated, the product or service has been developed, you’ve pitched it around town, and now you and your cofounder are ready to start building a business. Before you head down the road of taking on capital, there are some steps you…

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6 Costly Legal Mistakes Made by Startups

By | Nov 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

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 Science of Not Getting Sued: 4 Tips for Small Business Owners

By | Oct 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm

As an entrepreneur, it’s your obligation to do every little thing within your power to limit threats and liabilities, and also to keep your business running smoothly. One of the ways to do that is to take reasonable precautionary steps that ensure your business…

Business

Tech Companies Vie to Create Best Parental Leave Options

By | Sep 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

This August, Netflix raised the stakes on winning and keeping top employees by offering 52 weeks of PAID parental leave for both mothers and fathers.  52 weeks! Paid! Dads, too! The nearest competitors to that offer similar benefits, Microsoft and Twitter, offer 20 weeks…

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Get Your Legal Questions Answered Fast with Polished

By | Jul 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

We recently heard about a startup that is bringing the Netflix model to the legal industry. Polished, launched earlier this month, offers a monthly subscription to those who have legal questions about their businesses. Most entrepreneurs don’t know much about the legal side of things and turn…

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Ripped Off by Ripoff Report: Dealing with Online Defamation

By | Jun 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

Why do small business owners sometimes recoil at the mention of Ripoff Report? Nine times out of ten, entrepreneurs’ animosity is rooted in the site’s “no removal” policy. To be clear: Ripoff Report is not opposed to redacting certain information in specific situations. However,…

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The Legal Lowdown on Fake or Paid Reviews

By | Apr 10, 2015 at 9:00 am

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. Which raises…

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Internet Law: 5 Essential Facts Every SMB Should Know

By | Apr 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

It’s the Digital Age, and savvy small business owners are knowledgeable about Internet law. Because in today’s Internet-dependent marketplace, a firm understanding of cyber law basics can mean the difference between thriving and failing. With that in mind, let’s review the 5 most important…

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The Controversy of 3D Printing and Stealing Cars

By | Nov 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm

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…

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10 Rules All Entrepreneurs Must Follow to Divorce-Proof Their Business Financially

By | Dec 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

America can be now be considered “the land of divorce.” In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, 40-50% of married couples in the United States divorce. The trouble is, when couples tie their business with their spouses, this can end in divorce. Being…

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Tips on the Y Combinator Application and 12 Other Things We Learned from Sam Altman’s Reddit AMA

By | Oct 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

Over a week ago, Y Combinator President Sam Altman went on Reddit to give an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”). Given Altman’s recent investment in the community news-sharing forum/website, many of the questions focused on the $50 million in new financing and what it means for…

Business

No More Yellow Pages: Getting Your Law Firm Online

By | Sep 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Research shows that as many as 90 percent  of consumers begin their hunt for any kind of service through search engine exploration and 70 percent of them do not even go past the first page of the results. While these statistics apply to almost all…