26 January 2014

Copyright, Photographs, Fair Use

Take it from a lawyer --

Common Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make | Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC - JDSupra: "... copying and using photos or blog posts from the internet without permission can be copyright infringement.  Simply attributing the photographer or the source of your content is not sufficient to protect your business from potentially significant liability.  There are some limited exceptions, such as “fair use” for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship or research. But, it’s a particularly fraught area to navigate, so you should consult with a lawyer before you rely on any such defense if you think you can use some portion of someone else’s created work without permission." (read more at link above)

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19 January 2014

Startups, Common Copyright Mistakes

Common Copyright Mistakes Small Businesses Make | Bean, Kinney & Korman, PC - JDSupra: "Unless the person is an employee of the business, the copyrights in the materials vest in the creator, not the company, unless appropriate written agreements are in place. This puts the small business at risk for the person to resell, reuse or otherwise compete using the very materials created for their venture.  Therefore it’s important to make sure you have written agreements with writers, designers, web designers, programmers, etc. BEFORE they begin working on your project, both identifying the project as a work for hire AND assigning all intellectual property rights to your company." (read more at link above)

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12 January 2014

Calxeda Closes, Ran Out of Cash

What kills most startups? It simply runs out of cash --

Calxeda Closes Its Office: The Sad Story Of One Of The Most Innovative Companies In Years - Houston Chronicle: "Calxeda, the company that pioneered the concept of making corporate data center computers run on the same low-power chips that power your smartphone, has closed its doors, executives told Business Insider."

Here's the money quote:
Calxeda used a format called 32-bit. Most enterprise software is written for 64-bit, so not a lot of enterprise software worked with Calxeda. ARM Holding recently created new designs for a 64-bit chip, but Calxeda couldn't get its version manufactured before 2014, and it simply ran out of cash, Linley Gwennap, principal of the market watcher Linley Group, told EE Times' Rick Merritt.
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05 January 2014

Q4 2013 Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and NVCA

2013 was the strongest full year total for the number of new venture-backed IPOs since 2007 --

Q4 2013 Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and NVCA | Thomson Reuters: " . . . according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). This quarter also marked the third consecutive quarter to see 20 or more venture-backed IPOs since the fourth quarter of 2004. During full year 2013, 82 venture-backed companies went public in the United States, marking the strongest full year total for the number of new venture-backed listings since 2007. For the third quarter of 2013, 81 venture-backed M&A deals were reported, 31 of which had an aggregate deal value of $5.3 billion. This represents a nine percent increase in disclosed value from the third quarter of this year and marks the strongest quarter for M&A disclosed value since the third quarter of 2012. With 377 acquisitions of venture-backed companies during the year, full year 2013 ranks as the slowest year for venture-backed M&A since 2009. . . ." read more at links above and below --

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre Entrepreneurs | TechCrunch: " . . . . persistence is not the self-help cliche “Keep going until you hit the finish line!”. The key slogan is, “Keep failing until you accidentally no longer fail.” That’s persistence." - James Altucher

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