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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hiring Your First Employee

After you start your business, you will eventually need to hire someone to help you with the work. This is a momentous occasion in the life of your business. But hiring someone else comes with certain responsibilities, such as withholding payroll taxes and providing health insurance coverage in some cases.

The first question to ask yourself is: “Is he or she actually an “employee” or an “independent contractor”? It’s important to understand the difference between these two types of workers.... 

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Monday, January 5, 2015

2105 Predictions & Questions

Two great posts that are worth a read:

2015 predictions from Fred Wilson here.  

20 questions for 2015 from Benedict Evans here



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Investing in Film – Security Law Implications.

The film industry and investors alike were put on notice recently due to the ruling of U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, who dismissed a major lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.  Specifically, a group of investors brought a claim for fraud against Paramount owned Viacom in connection with numerous film financings over the last decade.  Included in their claim was an accusation that Paramount had mislead investors regarding the distribution plans of the films, in order to raise capital.  The investors claimed that Paramount represented that it would sell the international distribution rights, but instead opted to self-distribute.   This distribution decision, argued the investors, deprived them of certain revenue to which they were entitled....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What makes a piece of performance feedback useful?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Great Habits for Your Lunch Hour

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

How to Fairly Decide Who to Let Go First

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Protecting Your Product Design

This post is Part 3 in a series on the basics of protecting your business’s brand. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

 Once you have the idea for your product, your business will likely spend hours of time designing the product’s features and appearance. Many of these features may be purely functional (those that perform a specific task or facilitate the product’s use), which are protectable by utility patents. Other aspects of your product may be purely aesthetic and non-functional.

This post will focus on the basics of protection the aesthetic and non-functional aspects of product design....

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Protecting your product packaging

This post is Part 2 in a series on the basics of protecting your business’s brand. Read Part 1 here.

Once you have registered your trademarks for use on your company’s product, you will likely design your product’s packaging. As a product’s packaging is often a consumer’s first introduction to a product, the packaging design is important the success of the product. The packaging contributes greatly to consumers’ recognition of your business as the source of that product. The more consumers recognize you as the source of the product, the more your business’s reputation may grow and your product’s sales may greatly increase...

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Intrastate Offering Exemption

Question: Can an issuer use its own website or social media presence to offer securities in a manner consistent with Rule 147?

Answer: Issuers generally use their websites and social media presence to advertise their market presence in a broad and open manner so that information is widely disseminated to any member of the general public. Although whether a particular communication is an “offer” of securities will depend on all of the facts and circumstances, using such established Internet presence to convey information about specific investment opportunities would likely involve offers to residents outside the particular state in which the issuer did business.....

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Monday, October 6, 2014

10 Startup Events You Should Attend This Fall

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Techweek - Startup law

Last week, Matthew Moisan spoke on a panel at Techweek NY where he discussed Startup law.  For more information on the entrepreneurial services offered by the firm, click here


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