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Executive Forum

4 reasons you need a lawyer for your startup (and 1 reason you don’t)

by Steve Cook Steve Cook

E ntrepreneurs are frequently risk takers by nature. They're also often strapped for cash. When money is tight, entrepreneurs often want to skimp on expert help. They think they can navigate the legal issues involved in starting and running a business on their own. And often, they are mistaken.

The truth is you should hire a lawyer for most tasks or at least seek legal advice from a lawyer for  ...

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How this Virginia startup is using your location (as in right now) as a marketing tool

by Kasra Kangarloo Gravy CEO Jeff White

G ravy, a marketing analytics startup based in Leesburg, in one sense does something very simple: It tracks where you like to shop, what events you attend, and where you like to spend your time.

How the company does this is another story.

I spoke with CEO Jeff White about the company's recent round of financing, and why that round was led by Tysons-based publisher Gannett and New York-based  ...

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'Uber for dog walking' comes to New York City with Wag launch

by J Jennings Moss Wag walking

Y et one more "Uber for ..." service launched Thursday in New York. This time, the sector that a pair of California entrepreneurs hopes to disrupt has a four-legged focus.

Wag! wants to make it as easy to call up a dog walker as it is to order a car pickup from Uber. For $20 for a 30-minute walk, or $30 for an hour walk, you can call up a dog walker from your mobile device and arrange for a  ...

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Ayah Bdeir goes big with littleBits, launches 'Global Chapters' project

by Michael del Castillo Ayah Bdeir

A yah Bdeir already had built a well-received startup in littleBits, the maker of DIY electronics kits. But it turns out, she wasn't completely satisfied with users building cool stuff on their own or sharing their projects on the company's site. No, she wanted to really bring these people together.

So, in early April, littleBits launched a program called "Global Chapters" as a way for users to  ...

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Hot Shots

Sun Microsystems founder takes the helm at Denver tech startup

by Greg Avery Scott McNealy

S cott McNealy, founder of Sun Microsystems, has stepped in to be CEO of Denver-based Wayin , a social media technology company he founded four years ago and where he has served as chairman.

He becomes the third CEO since deciding to launch Wayin from Denver in 2011 instead of from his home state of California.

Wayin’s technology lets client businesses harvest social media posts and pictures  ...

3 hours ago

Jewelry startup Etkie rides funding, expansion roller coaster

by Dan Mayfield Sydney Alfonso

O f the four winners of this year's Los Alamos Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) — one stood out.

Etkie, a jewelry firm that works with Native American women in New Mexico and sells in exclusive boutiques, earned $34,000 from the fund that traditionally has focused on supporting high-tech startups and technology commercialization projects.

While Etkie's CEO was hustling jewelry at the Paris  ...

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Hawaii energy startup Shifted Energy will grow by 500% in next 12 months

by Duane Shimogawa shifted energy logo

S hifted Energy, a Hawaii-based startup that creates a virtual power plant of electric water heaters to store excess renewable energy and deliver demand response, is growing its installations by 500 percent in the next 12 months, its founder and CEO told PBN Wednesday.

The Energy Excelerator startup, which has been up and running for about two years, has its technology deployed on Maui and Oahu  ...

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