Embaggen the cat, or let it out? (to NDA or not to NDA)

When first conceiving of a new startup idea, lots of entrepreneurs experience a measure of paranoia about it and start demanding that everyone with whom they discuss it sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). My opinion is: Don’t use an NDA until you must in order to protect highly sensitive, non-public information. NDA’s protect actual secrets,…

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The Company You Keep

With few exceptions, all business should be conducted from within a company that is properly formed and organized as a corporation, a limited liability company (LLC), a limited partnership (LP) or the like. Why? Four basic reasons: a. Asset Protection. Deservedly or not, almost all businesses get sued. Forming a company around the business can…

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The Light Within

The word “namaste” roughly translates to “the light within me honors the light within you.” Beautiful, right? A really awesome way to view the world and everyone in it. But what is this light within? Can we find it? Can we become the light within? There are voices in your head, incessantly chattering at you…

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Hey thanks

The happiest people on earth have remarkably few things in common. One of them, however, is gratitude. If you want to be happier, try being more thankful. Your life is an amazing miracle, which, truth be told, you did absolutely nothing to deserve. It’s a gift, a daily birthday present, a sumptuous banquet set before…

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Intellectual Property is the Ownability of your Own Ability

Excerpt from chapter 1 of Ownability – How Intellectual Property Works now available for pre-order at a 20% discount. Intellectual property is everywhere. You can hardly exist in the modern world, let alone on the internet, without accessing or using someone’s intellectual property. The rules of intellectual property help you turn ideas into money, which,…

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Be a rockstar

I am a lawyer. I help people start companies and do deals. I try to be really good at this. In fact, I try to be a big effing rockstar. Like they say, “Go big, or go home.” Life is way too short not to supersize it. My clients and friends know this. They’re all…

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