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#MeToo is Changing the Game for Startups
The #MeToo era has created new challenges for entrepreneurs and startups. Cautionary tales abound of startups whose hard-partying culture resulted in sexual harassment, hostile work environments and Read More...
Why You Should Have a Lawyer on Your Startup Board
In 1979, Personal Software began selling Visicalc, the first personal computer spreadsheet. Visicalc was so compelling, people bought Apple II computers just so they could use Visicalc, making it the Read More...
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Class Explores Legal Aspects of Business Entities
In 2011, I created a Law and the Entrepreneur course at Bradley University. It was the first course on its campus created for its new Turner School of Entrepreneurship. This course is exclusively for Read More...
When Kickstarter Campaigns Don’t Deliver: A Case Study of Phenom Fabrics
Introduction In October of 2014, Frances Courtepointe 1 started a Kickstarter campaign for her venture Phenom Fabrics 1 . She promised hand dyed fabric "fat-quarter" cuts -  a 18” x 22” Read More...
LegalZoom Co-Founder: Trick Yourself to do the Impossible
Is it possible to transform a staid and professionally respectable but entrenched legal industry? Yes, particularly when one of your startup founders is a multi-talented serial entrepreneur, computer Read More...
'L3C' Designation Doesn't Matter to Consumers
In the alphabet soup of corporate structuring, being an “L3C” says that a company is committed to social or environmental goals as well as its stockholders. Unlike the nonprofit Read More...
How Small Business Owners Can Overcome Terrible Regulations
Regulations can destroy even the best entrepreneurial dream. To help entrepreneurship thrive in this nation, Institute for Justice (IJ) a public interest law firm that has successfully defended Read More...
How Much Are Your Trade Secrets Worth? Here's How to Figure It Out
Intellectual property -- a legal concept that refers to the product or fruits of human creativity for which exclusive rights are recognized -- is often critical to the success of both product- and Read More...

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