Be Frugal, But Never Cheap When Locking Down Your IP


An invalidated patent or one deemed to infringe the rights of another party can devastate a startup. Defensible Claims - Some companies take pride in the number of patents they own. Fewer patents with readily defensible claims will help keep your legal costs under control.

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Intellectual Property – Worthless To A Startup, Priceless To A Big Dumb Company


Patents held by startups generally have a limited ability to reduce competition. The average time required to obtain a patent is 36-to-40 months, during which there is no guarantee your adVenture will ultimately receive patent protection. Not All Patent Types Are Created Equal.

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

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As BCG writes in its report: The good news for SoCal and any region with tech ambitions is that the Bay Area has in some ways been too successful.

Can you overcome five risks and create wealth?


This risk can be mitigated by finding a customer willing to purchase as soon as a proven model is completed, and willing to state this in writing. Of course, we are speaking of increased valuation of your company when we speak of “wealth.”

Can you finance your company with grants?


I am chairman of a company that, as I write this, is twelve years old and has not yet taken a dollar of outside investment. Grant writing takes skill and immense amounts of time. First, here’s a link to my recent TEDx talk, “Smiling at success; laughing at failure.”

Fixing Tech’s Gender Problem Starts With Company Culture


Most men in the 1940's and 50's did not know how to use a keyboard and thus could not write code. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology, mixed-gender teams produce patents that are cited up to 42% more often.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

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It’s true the some VCs have started writing so many checks that they resemble stock pickers but the majority of us still have less than 10 board seats at any time and tend to go pretty deep so the result is that we care deeply about where we commit our time.

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What Do Boards Actually Do?

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I have been meaning to write this for a while as I’ve noticed that much of my board time is involved in trying to be an independent referee for founders who themselves are trying to resolve their own conflicts.

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals


Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC. Don’t Overemphasize Patents.

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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There is a battle between entrepreneurs who try to change the world and solve a meaningful problem and those who write take-down pieces with no apparent personal benefit other than attention. We checked patents. What about competing patents.

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Address the five risks to increase your valuation.


This risk can be mitigated by finding a customer willing to purchase as soon as a proven model is completed, and willing to state this in writing. If there are high barriers to entry with such protections as patents, long development time already spent or contracts with the major potential customers, then the risk of a competitor with more resources jumping into the frothy pool and taking advantage of the demand created by the company is minimized.

Five Startup Tips From The Beatles


Some of the examples are patently obvious (e.g., (i) When the group was formed, George’s role was supportive with John and Paul writing and singing most of the group’s hits. Article first published as Five Business Tips From The Beatles on Technorati.

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Meet the 25 Startups Competing at SXSW Startup Night 2018


Their platform helps couples improve their communication and interactions through their “LoveTips,” and will help support planning and executing activities such as ordering flowers and writing love notes. Everything is bigger in Texas.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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The patents Overture held became known in small circles as Google’s ’361 problem as outlined here. And of course we have great public companies that have spanned content & communications like J2 Global whose market cap as of this writing is a cool $2.5

I Would Only Fund an Entrepreneur with High Integrity

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When Nivi published the series he titled it “the top 10 things I look for before I write a check.&# As a result I felt compelled to add this final attribute because it matters a lot to me.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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It was a pleasure to write them myself. We talked about patents. I brought up the fact that I find many larger companies abusing the patent system to slow down smaller competitors which is actually anti competitive.

63 Los Angeles Entrepreneurs To Be Proud Of

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There are hundreds of entrepreneurs here in Los Angeles who are building awesome companies, writing awesome books, making awesome movies and are trying to solve important problems to help make this world a better place. Our Best Interviews Via Email: Monthly. Weekly. Idea Mensch.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet


You are writing about the essentials of business. I am planning right not to write a post about how startups often get SEO wrong. It also helps if there is a reason that other people can’t compete with you, either because of some trade secret or patent.

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

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I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth.

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Roping in the Legal Eagles


Just as you would not ask your family physician to perform a coronary bypass, do not ask your corporate lawyer to help you write your patent application. Most corporate attorneys can give you general guidance with respect to securing your Intellectual Property (IP) rights, especially with respect to trademarks, copyrights and other non-patent-related items. However, you should seek a patent attorney when it is time to craft your patent application.

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Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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I had seen many cycles and decided that since I was going to do it all over again I should write about it. I decided to write about my experience and to be blunt. It became a huge kerfuffle with many VC partners writing to thank me for the post, which exposed those that gave their industry a bad name. I don’t plan to write the authoritative venture capital blog, just some anecdotes.

ZunguZ Facebook Payment Application | Interview With The Founder Robert Sussman

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The multi-tiered platform allows for money to be transferred between Facebook friends, the ability to click and purchase any item that you see on Facebook and through the published API’s, developers can integrate and write their own applications on top of the ZunguZ platform.

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Interview with Steve Jillings, TeleSign


One of the big things about Telesign, and if you go back to the founders, and the things they did well before I got here, is they spent lots of time and effort around writing patents and protecting their IP. In 2011, we had two of our patents approved.

How to cleverly integrate your own URI shortener

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It was fun to write, so go get the best out of it. Hardcore SEO Porn Harrys explicit SEO Dojo Peeping Geeking with Greg Bills search patent close-ups Tomorrows Free SEO Porn Edwards SEO TGP FAQ Sexy T-Shirts.

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TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach


We''ve also had a pretty wide range of check writing in terms of amount. Anyone can talk a good game, and put together a proforma that looks great, and there are lots of great looking ideas, and people can even all have filed a provisional patent.

No Stairway (Infringement) and the Importance of Shared Design Tools in Innovation


For those who follow IP law, this is the tension behind the “abstraction test” in copyright and the recent Supreme Court software patent decision in Alice Corp. Normally, Western composers write in keys or scales that alternate whole steps and half steps between notes.

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Makers Making The Sci-Fi Tricorder A Reality With VOXearch


We were looking at it, and saw that if we could take all these off-the-shelf sensors, and put it all together, and write some code, and make a user interface, it''s basically done. Mann had long sold the company and patents, but one of their providers which had been installing them surgically, and had started installing parts from China.

Interview with Ryan Scott, CauseCast


An example is one we recently launched with Virgin Mobile and Katy Perry, where we allow people to volunteer to help youth homelessness, track that with our patent-pending cause tracking and rewards systems, and where those volunteers can get tickets to a concert.

Interview with Curtis Staker and William Goldbach, Confident Technologies


Plus, there's always shoulder surfing--when people write them down, and are grabbing for your daytimer or spreadsheet for passwords--that's treating passwords like it's the 1950's, and leaving your front door key under a door mat.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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of the product, file patents, hire a small sales team and launch a marketing program to take StrongMail to market.

Interview with Milo Sindell, Knowledge Genie


Instead of writing a book, we wanted to develop a platform to bring our methods to life, and scale our knowledge. We have patents filed on this process. This morning, Knowledge Genie ( launched a new web site that helps experts and authors publish online information to the web. We sat down and spoke with Milo Sindell, one of the founders of the firm, to learn more about how the firm came about and what it's trying to accomplish.

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Interview with Dipanshu Sharma, Kadonk


Everyone wants to read a PDF, but few want to write or change them. Anders and I own a multitude of patents at Nokia--I have 11 at Nokia--and we were inventing technology all the time. This morning's interview is with San Diego-based Kadonk (, a startup which is creating project management tools that work with Microsoft Project. We spoke with Dipanshu Sharma, Chairman of the firm, to learn more about the company and its products.

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