WSGR
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm's broad range of services and practice areas are focused on addressing the principal challenges faced by the management, boards of directors, shareholders, and in-house counsel of our clients.

CodigoDelSur
CodigoDelSur is a designer and developer of digital products. Having worked with Founder Institute startups in the past, they come as a highly recommended Founder Institute referral. They are composed of highly skilled software, web, and mobile app developers, who are excited to incorporate the latest technologies into the applications they develop.

Xero
Xero is everything you need to run your business financials. Work with a beautiful small business accounting software complete with accounting, invoicing, payroll, inventory and more. Xero seamlessly integrates with over 500+ business apps, including CRM, point-of-sale, time tracking, ecommerce, just to name a few. Join the 700,000+ businesses using Xero in more than 180 countries.

Startup Legal and IP

Silicon Valley Winter 2011 Semester

What does a new Founder need to know about law in order to run a successful startup? When should a Founder use a lawyer, and when should you rely on your own work? What are the key terms in contracts to understand and to avoid? What are common legal mistakes? How should a Founder handle their intellectual property, including confidentiality, copyrights, trademarks and patents? What are common intellectual property problems, and how do you deal with them cost effectively?

Goal:
Build a legal and IP strategy.
Date:
2012-01-24, 06:30 PM

Mentors


Michael Seibel
CEO, Socialcam

Michael Seibel is the CEO of Socialcam. He was formerly the co-founder and CEO of Justin.tv and the Finance Director for Kweisi Mfume’s 2006 U.S. Senate campaign. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University, where he majored in polical s...

Wayne Willis
Managing Partner, Nodal Partners

Wayne is Managing Partner of Nodal Partners, a network of investors, senior advisors and executives who collaborate with early stage companies. Wayne was co-founder of Hyatt Legal Services, and Chairman or CEO of several other companies, as well as serving on various Boa...

Bram Cohen
Founder/Chief Scientist, BitTorrent

I'm Bram Cohen, mostly known for inventing BitTorrent and I now work as Chief Scientist at BitTorrent Inc. Previously I worked as a very early employee at a bunch of startups you've never heard of. I was in the Time 100 for 2005, have been profiled in feature articles in ...

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