This week’s articles evaluate the risk in hiring an outside developer rather than co-founding with a technical expert, explain how past mistakes can lead to future innovation, give advice to start-ups on how to get acqui-hired by a larger company, and advise how to integrate your traditional and social media marketing strategies.
Goodwin Procter partner Bob Bishop and The Capital Network (TCN) Board member Jean Hammond recently held a Google Hangout at Northeastern University’s IDEA accelerator to discuss how entrepreneurs can successfully secure funding. The Hangout is the first in TCN’s “On Air” series.
Bob opened the program with an introduction to Founders Workbench. “We created Founders Workbench as a way to give back to the community by giving entrepreneurs the basic legal tools and documents they need to launch their companies,” he said, before highlighting many of the site’s key features, including Document Driver, Capital Calculator, and Deal Dictionary.
Next, Jean, who helped fund such notable startups as Zipcar and Crimson Hexagon, spoke in-depth about the funding process and offered guidance on how to maneuver through the deal process, including the five tips below.
This week’s articles examine the uptick in hiring women for tech jobs, discuss what not to do when growing your company, explain the key differences between a small business and a start-up, and remind entrepreneurs not to let the fear of missing out keep from taking time to relax and recharge.
The Innovation Act, introduced last month by Representative Goodlatte (R-VA) and approved by the House Judiciary Committee this week, seeks to curb “patent troll like” behavior with some major changes to patent litigation and Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) practice.
The Innovation Act has received more extensive media coverage than other recently discussed patent reform proposals, and many people expect at least some version of the bill to pass in the House. Likely due to the difficultly in identifying exactly who qualifies as a patent troll, or the more politically correct term non-practicing entity (“NPE”), the bill targets abusive patent litigation tactics instead of specific types of entities.
Here are some things entrepreneurs and startup companies need to know about the bill.
This week’s articles address one mistake everyone makes on Twitter, explain David Cameron’s new start-up loan policy in the UK, reveal where the bulk of start-up funding is actually coming from, and discuss why one founder disagrees with the concept of “failing fast.”
This week’s articles evaluate loss ratios and what they imply about a VC’s performance, explain why start-ups need D&O insurance, discuss how to show VCs what your competition looks like, and argue that marketing trumps technology when starting up.
Goodwin Procter and Founders Workbench recently sponsored TEDxWallStreet at the New York Stock Exchange. The conference, themed “Filling the Void,” featured thirteen speakers who highlighted ideas that are missing elements in today’s economy and society.
Do you remember wondering if you could fly – and then learning that you couldn’t? Jason Latimer, a magician who spoke at TEDxWallStreet, recalled that experience too.
This week’s articles address when your start-up should seek media coverage, list three best practices for start-up hiring, stress the importance of varying content across multiple social media platforms, and discuss what makes a management-VC relationship productive.
In the latest video from Goodwin Procter, partner Steve Charkoudian discusses the most common legal hurdles facing start-ups.
Watch the video below to hear Steve’s advice on addressing employer agreements with former employers, third party trademarks and third party patents.
In our “Advisers Answer” series, we pose a single question to the founders, investors and start-up experts who serve on the Founders Workbench Advisory Board.
This month, we asked “How Important is Financing for Start-ups?” and caught the answers on video!