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Founders Flash: Cybersecurity Startups Drawing Increased VC Attention

The Flash knows the importance of protecting important business and personal data from the ever-expanding reach of hackers – and now the market is paying attention, too. Andreessen Horowitz now sees cybersecurity startups as a lucrative tech niche, and Google Capital recently made its first cybersecurity investment. With data breaches taking place on a seemingly daily basis, VCs and other investors are starting to boost funding for all manners of cybersecurity startups.

The Flash also checks in on the Uber/”gig economy” labor fight. The most recent entrant to the ring this week hails from Washington, DC, and has the federal heft to make this a real heavyweight match. On July 15, the U.S. Department of Labor issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” on the classification of independent contractors. More is sure to come in this slugfest…

Check out these and more in The Flash this week!

Founders Flash: ‘Shark Tank’ for foodies? Feast on that and other coverage of cool startup trends

The startup world saw a few notable developments this week. Topping the list of news-worthy events was the long-awaited appointment of a leader for the U.S. Patent and Trade Office – this after nearly two years with the seat vacant. Also, foodies are rejoicing as artisanal culinary providers are getting the tech-startup treatment. We also noted an examination of how patents may be impacting entrepreneurs and innovation at large. Check out a few of our favorite articles over the past week in the latest edition of Founders Flash.

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Some highlights from this week’s articles:

“Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk is frustrated that fewer than 1% of vehicles sold run on batteries only, so he’s offering open access to his company’s patents in hopes rival car makers will follow his lead.” – Tesla’s Patent Giveaway: Please Use Our Batteries, Joseph B. White, The Wall Street Journal

“Don’t surround yourself with other people who are making it up as they go along. Experience matters.” – Finding the Right Team to Lead Your Startup to Success, Jon Elvekrog, Entrepreneur

“The biggest barrier to charging profitable prices is in your own mind.” – Ready to Raise Prices? 4 Steps to More Profitable Pricing, Mike Michalowicz, Open Forum

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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 recap the first twelve months in the life of a start-up, examine one founder’s legal battle against patent infringement claims, reveal the challenges Twitter faced in its early start-up days, and offer five lessons on marketing for a cash-strapped, early-stage start-up.

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This week’s articles take us behind the scenes of the recent New York ‘cronut’ craze, compare how two different entrepreneurs in the same market financed their businesses, suggest one smart way to lure a crowd to your product, and discuss how long it’s appropriate to outsource work before a full-time employee is needed.

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This week’s articles discuss how to keep mentors and investors on board once you start up, profile a new website that helps start-ups get small business loans from members of their community, list five things you should know about patents, and give a breakdown on the current legalities of crowdfunding and what will change under the new crowdfunding law.