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Advice - The Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, while other startups like Uber and AirBnb are facing pressures of their own. How can tech navigate a landscape...
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AlleyTalk - The Supreme Court sides with the big television networks and rules that Barry Diller's start-up Aereo violates existing copyright law. Christopher...
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AlleyTalk - In September 2013, the SEC significantly relaxed restrictions that had been in place for over 80 years on companies’ ability to advertise for investors. The old rule, generally referred to as the “ban on general solicitation,”...
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AlleyTalk - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that online TV service Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violates copyright law by using tiny antennas to provide subscribers with broadcast network content via the Internet. On a 6-3...
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Advice - Whether or not it is wise to invest time and money to apply for a patent, trademark or copyright on your startup’s core intellectual property (IP) assets depends on the nature of the IP itself, your industry and its competitive...
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Advice - A large portion of your competitive advantage and potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality,...
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AlleyTalk - Old Danish proverb say: everything has an end, except for a sausage, which has two. Like it or not, we all have expiration dates, and since you never know when yours will come around, best to be prepared. No one likes to think about...
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Advice - A limited liability is a type of partnership. Often referred to as a 'hybrid' as far as legal entities are concerned, the limited liability company protects company owners against any personal liability, should something go awry with...
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Advice - Let me guess: You have an idea for a startup. It's an awesome plan for a lightweight, agile SaaS killer app that could scale to 1 million users in 6 months. Or maybe it's some fancy new spring-loaded, arduino-infused wearable that'll...
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Advice - Although every startup is unique, there are certain common avoidable mistakes that can lead to legal complications which jeopardize the long-term success of the business. I’m not suggesting that every startup needs a lawyer, but you...
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Advice - What do you feel are the absolute essential legal documents needed for every startup? Non-Disclosure Agreement "Many conversations will need to begin with a signed NDA on file. It's ideal to have this document ready to go for any...
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Advice - The tax advantages to a U.S. startup of incorporating offshore typically outweigh the additional administrative and compliance costs in the long run for many successful businesses.  The tax advantage is due to the fact that many...
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Apps - Shake is an app that lets you create, sign and send legally binding agreements in seconds – and what NYC entrepreneur wouldn’t mind having a little legal help literally in his or her back pocket?  CEO and Co-founder Abe Geiger...
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Advice - Look at the end game when deciding whether to structure your startup as a corporation or LLC. You’re probably starting a business to make money. How will you get your money out of the corporation or LLC? If you take on investors,...
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Advice - The S corporation is a corporation, and for state law purposes is identical to a C corporation. The only difference is in the federal taxation of the business. S corporations, like LLCs taxed as partnerships, are pass-through...
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Advice - The corporation is the structure of choice for growth companies. Growth companies will often times need to invest large sums of money on research and development. They create losses, which are a great tax shelter for future profits...

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