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Trademark Lessons for New Businesses from a Lawsuit Against a Colorado Juice Bar

It is a big, exciting, and dangerous risk to start a new business. There were approximately 400,000 in 2014 (continuing a recent downward trend, according to Gallup). Most entrepreneurs know that the odds are stacked against...more

What Happens When Dinosaurs Talk to Your Customers

When friends ask me for restaurant recommendations, The Infatuation is my go-to. Co-founded by ex-music industry execs (including my college friend, Chris Stang), the site stands out by providing relatable, reliable reviews –...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up...more

New Law On Licenses and Permits is signed

On 21 April 2016, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a new Law On Licenses and permits. The new Law, which aims to protect and promote local entrepreneurship and to encourage business transparency, is...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

eMerge Welcomes Guests with Iconic Opening Reception

Sunday night was a buzz at the opening reception for the 3rd annual eMerge conference located at the iconic 1111 Lincoln Road garage. The attendees enjoyed food, drinks and music, but the real discussion centered on the...more

eMerge Americas 2016 is Nearly Here

On April 18th and 19th, eMerge Americas will host its third annual technology conference. Last year, the conference welcomed more than 10,000 attendees and 500 companies from more than 50 countries....more

4 Ways to Protect Your Business During Exit Talks

There comes a time when just about every reasonably successful startup gets an exit opportunity. For founders, these moments are triumphant. You’ve dedicated years of your life to building something, and now somebody wants to...more

Renaissance reviews the US IPO market in 1Q2016

Renaissance Capital released its 1Q16 US IPO Market Review. The healthcare sector accounted for all eight IPOs completed, which raised approximately $700 million. This has been the slowest quarter for IPOs in the US since...more

3D Printing and the Renaissance of Local Economies

The rise of 3D printing holds tremendous potential to impact the economy from the local to the national level. Although it is still an estimated five to 10 years away from mainstream consumer adoption, we are already seeing...more

Late Stage Financings

As privately held companies choose to remain private longer and defer their initial public offerings or other liquidity opportunities, these companies are focused on raising capital in private placements made principally to...more

Five tips for London's startup community in 2016

London's Tech City has grown enormously from its birth in 2010 to now become the sixth most significant area for Tech startups globally and the first in the EU. Figures out early January from Companies House have shown that...more

The Accidental Entrepreneur Part I

Overview - Both of my parents were comfortably retired by my age after a thirty year career with the federal government. Currently, my retirement date is the lesser of age 95 or my passing. Like a lot of people in the...more

Blog: Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About the FCC

You’re an entrepreneur developing cutting edge technology, so why should you care about the Federal Communications Commission? If you think the FCC only regulates broadcasters and old-time telephone and cable companies, the...more

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital...more

UK Budget 2016: Tax implications for the private equity sector

The private equity sector was a net loser from last week’s Budget, with the proposed restrictions on interest deductibility and a lifetime limit on employee shareholder schemes. The extension of entrepreneurs’ relief is...more

UK Budget 2016: Corporate tax and business transactions

This is a brief summary of some of the issues arising from the UK Budget 2016 which have an effect on corporate tax....more

Legal Storm Enveloping Trump “University” Highlights Potential Advertising Pitfalls

Among his many business ventures before seeking the republican nomination for President, Donald Trump created “Trump University,” a for-profit “school” that claimed its students would be empowered with the secrets of real...more

The State of the City (the Greater NYC Metro Region) in Angel and Venture Financing

It turns out that all of the boasting about the Greater NYC metro region rapidly becoming that heretofore elusive “Silicon Alley” is an emerging reality. Our area scored a record year in 2015 for venture capital and angel...more

Headwinds in Venture Funding: Strategies for Companies in 2016

By all measures, much of 2014 and 2015 were strong years in venture capital funding. The current forecast is, however, less optimistic for founders looking for venture backing; the end of 2015 saw a pullback in private...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Has this year's startup funding slowdown been overblown? Debate continues over the perceived downturn in the market for venture capital, as a new...more

Early Stage Companies: Why You Should Run (and Re-Run) the Startup Version of the Scientific Method

What are some initial guidelines for launching a successful startup? Adam Ghander: In a perfect world, a founder would have nailed the product/market, identified a significant need, shaped the “must-have” solution, and...more

Innovation to Funding: What Startups Need to Know

What factors should startups emphasize when touting their competitive advantage? Jeremy Halpern: Educating investors and customers on where your particular solution fits within the competitive landscape helps to shine a...more

Negotiating a Term Sheet? Entrepreneurs, Take Note

What do entrepreneurs need to know about term sheets in order to get a deal done? William Bernat: Term sheets are not “one size fits all.” Since most of a term sheet’s provisions are meant to protect the investors’...more

Finders Keepers, Winners Weepers? Startups Using ‘Finders’ to Bring in Investors May Face Penalties

Many startups engage third-party consultants, or “finders”, to make introductions to potential investors. Startup founders generally have a technical background, and may lack meaningful connections in the finance/venture...more

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