In video of the Hangout, Bob discusses eight categories of mistakes, details what causes them, and gives advice on how to avoid them.
Avoiding a Crowdfunding Backlash
Until the SEC approves “equity crowdfunding,” raising money on platforms like Kickstarter is essentially the same as seeking donations. Recently, a number of for-profit retailers have been criticized for crowdfunding initiatives, with critics suggesting pledgers should receive greater rewards.
Some highlights from this week’s news
Startups have many options for protecting the intellectual property on which their product or service is based, but they also face risks of losing the opportunity to protect themselves. Early stage companies, like the ones we spoke with at a recent hack/reduce event, are particularly vulnerable to well-funded and well-informed companies exploiting their lack of intellectual property protection and launching competitive software that uses strikingly similar technology, systems or processes.
Before unveiling new software, whether it’s doing a small demo for select early customers, announcing a private beta or launching a fully tested commercial product, startups should take these steps to protect their most valuable information.
This week’s articles suggest questions that will help gauge employee engagement, evaluate how stealth IPOs are shaking up the tech industry, identify ten start-ups to watch in 2014, and explain why you shouldn’t start a company with the goal of being acquired.
Next Thursday, February 20, at Goodwin Procter in Boston, our panel of experts will draw from their expertise to discuss the current developments, opportunities, and challenges in the emerging EdTech sector.
This week’s articles explain some possible consequences of serial entrepreneurship, list five things to know about patents for start-ups in the fashion industry, discuss the tech ecosystem in France, and offer advice on how to prepare for a press meeting.
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This week’s articles discuss how venture capital investments are shaking up the consumer product market, offer key takeaways from start-ups that failed, address how to handle criticism on social media, and explain why one VC thinks start-ups should skip out on accelerators.