Archive for 'Software Start-up Tips'

Equity Not the Only Option for Software Start-Ups Hiring First Developer

Written by on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs have a tendency to want to offer equity to anyone who they hire when they are first getting off the ground, and some developers prefer to receive equity in the business over an IOU that they may or may not be able to collect on.

However, when an entrepreneur calls me saying that he or she wants to offer equity to a developer he or she barely knows but wants to bring on board for the project, I always suggest that he or she consider another option: a collaboration relationship.

In my recent posting to the Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog, I explained why collaboration agreements should be contemplated by many software start-ups hiring their first developer.

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Tips to Protecting Your Ideas Before You Launch Your Software Start-Up Company

Written by on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

I receive a call nearly every day from an entrepreneur who has a great idea for a new software start-up company, and is concerned about how to protect that idea before he or she is able to launch it.

Unfortunately, for such entrepreneurs, there is no application that can be filed that can protect mere ideas. However, entrepreneurs should still take steps from the moment they first conceive the concept for their business to protect the intellectual property they develop. On the firm’s sister blog, The Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog, I discussed what software entrepreneurs can do to protect their start-up ideas before they actually get them off the ground.

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