The number one thing most hackathons are missing.

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If you’re a geek, then you probably know what a hackathon is. If you’re a geek and you don’t know, then you make us sad. Just so we’re on the same page, when use the term, I am referring to an organized gathering of business and technology startup enthusiasts with the purpose of building a [...]

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How to Remove the Timestamp from the Livefyre Commenting System

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This post is different from my usual posts highlighting legal issues for entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies. I have been having issues trying to find a way to remove the timestamp from the Livefyre commenting system. I found this solution. Here’s how to remove the timestamp from the Livefyre commenting system.

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10 Ways to Charge for your Services

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If you offer a professional service, there are many ways to price your offering. Some may be better than others. Let’s talk about them.

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Don’t Forget to Sweat the Small Stuff

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So you decided on your choice of entity and where you’ll set up shop. Great. Time to sweat the small stuff. Here is a list of other stuff you will probably need to get. By the way, I don’t mean to diminish the importance of the following considerations. They are “small” in the sense that [...]

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What to expect at a Startup Weekend event

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After just two days at the Palo Alto Startup Weekend event, I’m amazed at how far some of the startups have come along already.  I would not be surprised if you see some new businesses  take off from this event soon.  Watching the teams from Confessly (an online confession box) and Nom Nom Now (a tool to [...]

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Handling founders’ patents and inventions

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Many startups’ main asset is intellectual property, often developed by the founder.  There are a few things to note when forming a company based on a founder’s intellectual property.

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4 Reasons your Purchaser Wants Reps and Warranties

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The “Representations and Warranties” section is standard in an acquisition agreement.  It is also where the bulk of the negotiating time is spent between the purchasing and selling parties.  Recall that “reps” are assurances one party gives to the other.  For the entrepreneur who is making his first sale of the company, the “reps” might seem as [...]

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Don’t get burned out on the earnout

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When entrepreneurs sell their business, they might be faced with an earnout provision.  I remember listening to a software entrepreneur talk about his experience when he sold his company.  (Spoiler alert: It was not good).  Without going into detail, he simply said there was a major disagreement between him and the purchasing company over the [...]

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Would you invest in your buyer?

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When entrepreneurs sell their business for stock of the purchaser (as opposed to engaging in an asset sale), they may tend to focus too much attention on one aspect of the deal: the selling of their business.  But there is another crucial part of the this deal.

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Startup Weekend Judging Criteria

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I attended the Bay Area Startup Weekend at the AOL offices in Palo Alto.  If you’re thinking of attending such an event and want to know what judges will be on the lookout for, read on.

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