The Flash feels your pain if holiday travel causes difficulty, and understands the possible longing for human travel agents as in days of yore. That’s why we note with interest an emerging startup trend: online booking companies that are trying to put human agents, whether in travel, home services or shopping, back at the center of decisions. In an A.I. age, might humans actually…add value?
The Flash also appreciates the critical need for a trademark when a founder is launching a new company. That’s the question posed in a recent article in the FundBox blog, and Goodwin Procter partner Joel Lehrer was the expert providing key insights into this important question that impacts so many startup founders.
These stories and more in this week’s Founders Flash!
- Startups find value in human helpers (NY Times)
- Do you need a trademark for your startup? (Goodwin Procter partner Joel Lehrer; Fundbox)
- Is Silicon Valley’s era of cheap money finally over? (Recode)
- Lending platform Kiva sets new rules for crowdfunding (Wall Street Journal)
- A novel way to teach kids about STEM (Slate)
- IBM charts an ambitious path forward (Quartz)
- A network peek at the Apple store of the future (Recode)