How To Add an Advisor to Your Startup

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 9, 2012

Advisors can be a crucial additional to any company. The right advisor can provide necessary guidance to accelerate your company in critical areas. An advisor, however, is like any other employee or contractor.  Their role, compensation and legal relationship should be clearly spelled out. Due to the amicable circumstances surrounding many advisors, companies often fail to appropriately address these issues, leading to disappointment and frustration. Clearing Defining The…

A Startup’s Legal Guide To Summer Interns

by / ⠀Startup Advice / June 28, 2012

Summer is upon us. For many young companies this means the potential or arrival of interns. Hiring interns is a great milestone for a young company and the use of interns is on the rise. There are common legal pitfalls you should avoid this summer when hiring interns. Generally, we find that companies avoid problems when they view interns as an asset versus slave labor. Bringing on interns…

Do You Have a Small Business Legal Horror Story?

by / ⠀Startup Advice / June 5, 2012

One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is the legal side of starting a business. It can be expensive, complicated and crushing to the business if not done properly. eMinutes and Under30CEO have decided that we should all be learning the lessons from others who have made mistakes and lived to tell about them. We want YOUR legal horror story and the lessons learned from it. These stories…

Opportunity: eMinutes is Forming 500 Free Corporations for First-time Entrepreneurs

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 2, 2012

Every business needs to be incorporated to start but that process can also be costly and time consuming. So, when eMinutes reached out and said that they were doing 500 incorporation’s for free we just had to let our readers in on it. Below is more information on eMinutes, it’s founder Jeff Unger and this offer. eMinutes is forming 500 free corporations For nearly twenty years, the lawyers…

Growing Up and Moving Your Business out of Your Parents Basement

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 20, 2012

You think of yourself as a young, successful entrepreneur. You’ve been adding infrastructure to your startup and religiously adding clients to your company’s roster. You’re considering hiring an intern or two to help with the workload. You’ve been happily chugging along on your project, all from the comfort of…your parents’ basement? Your startup may not have the glamour of a bigger venture, but once it’s grown large enough, you…

New Year’s Resolutions for Developing a Strong Brand Presence in 2012

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 5, 2012

New Year’s resolutions typically involve committing to something you couldn’t will yourself to do in the past. But, most entrepreneurs that I’ve met enjoy working to build their brands—brainstorming the perfect, simple yet highly-effective name, and working the pavement and social media to spread awareness and gain a loyal following. Alas, this article focuses on the legal side of branding—the behind-the-scenes grunt work to make sure that your…

Top 5 Trademark Disputes of 2011

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 16, 2011

The year 2011 saw several interesting brand disputes come and go. From Twitter protecting its “Tweet”  trademark to Christian Louboutin potentially losing its bid to prevent other designers from creating red-soled shoes, these cases provided several important bits of insight for business owners and entrepreneurs. 1. Twitter vs. Twittad In October 2011, Twitter made headlines for settling its long-standing dispute with Twittad and finally putting itself in line to…

Brand Matters: Trademarks 101 – The Legal Side of Branding

by / ⠀Startup Advice / December 5, 2011

In my last post I discussed some of the key considerations for preparing to submit a trademark registration application to the USPTO. In this article we take a step back, and clarify what exactly can (and cannot) be protected as a trademark. What is a Trademark? In broad terms, a “trademark” is the market identify of a business, product or service. As such, trademarks can generally be summarized…

Brand Matters: Guide to Efficient Trademark Registration Applications

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 28, 2011

Most entrepreneurs and business owners generally understand the concept that applying for trademark registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is an important step toward building the business and protecting its image and goodwill. However, at least in my experience, these same people also tend to have certain common questions and misconceptions about the trademark registration application process, and the true benefits of federal trademark…

Infographic: Choosing a Business Structure

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 27, 2011

Are you like most of us where tackling the legal side of your business is the absolute last thing you want to deal with? Well even though it can be confusing and annoying it is extremely important in building a solid foundation for your company to grow on. Luckily we came across this great infographic that helps explain the whole situation and can even direct you to the…


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