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Startups - Puget Sound Business Journal

To patent or not to patent?

by Ashley Stewart Adam Philipp attorney, Aeon Law

PUGET SOUND—Seattle is home to more than 700 startups and many struggle with whether to take technology through the patent process.

Patents are expensive to acquire, they open startups up to pricey lawsuits and conflict with the open-source, collaborative nature of the Seattle startup community.

So, should growing Seattle companies bother with patents?

See which new economy doers and dreamers  ...

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Hot Shots - South Florida Business Journal

How to focus on a niche that doesn’t quite exist yet

by Eleazar David Meléndez Greg Shugar

SOUTH FLORIDA—Greg Shugar is trying to catch lighting in a bottle – again.

The co-founder of Thread Experiment already helped create a new market category with The Tie Bar, founded in 2004 to market and produce men’s accessories of the kind a GQ editor might obsess about. After selling the company to a private equity firm in 2013, Shugar moved to South Florida and rode out his noncompete  ...

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Loot - Drones away

Why Ohio could be a major player in drone development

by Steve McDevitt, attorney, Frost Brown Todd McDevitt Steve

CINCINNATI—Every schoolchild knows the Wright Brothers perfected manned flight near Dayton. But despite their mastery of the engineering of flight, they were less successful at the business of manned aviation, in particular convincing investors to put capital into an unproven technology the public viewed as dangerous.

Today, many view unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, as similarly unproven,  ...

November 27, 2015 | 4:00pm EST
Loot - The unicorn herd

In search of the Philly unicorn

by Dan Norton unicorn silhouette

PHILADELPHIA—Turns out unicorns exist in the world’s startup ecosystem, but none have recently reared their heads in Philadelphia.

The term “unicorn” implies a mythical company valued at more than $1 billion. These are your Ubers, Airbnbs, FanDuels, and Instacarts. To give an idea of how rare a unicorn is: Only about 10 percent of startups survive through an exit, and the median offering  ...

November 27, 2015 | 1:00pm EST
Startups - Energy Inc.

How this Google-backed energy startup's coping with dropping oil prices

by Cathy Proctor Cool Planet’s Jim Loar, executive vice president and general manager and Howard Janzen, president and CEO

DENVER—The impacts of low crude oil and natural gas commodity prices aren’t confined to the oil and gas sector.

Just ask Howard Janzen, the president and CEO of Cool Planet Energy Systems, which announced plans in 2013 to move its headquarters from the Los Angeles area to Greenwood Village.

The company counts among its backers Google, BP and a consortium including General Electric,  ...

November 27, 2015 | 11:00am EST
Startups - Tales of the pivot

Data visualization startup Visual.ly plays content matchmaker

by Teresa Mathew Matt Cooper, Visual.Ly

SAN FRANCISCO—The story of Visual.ly is a story of thirds.

Back in 2011 when the company was getting its sea legs, founders Stew Langille, Lee Sherman, Tal Siach and Adam Breckler settled on their third business model. The founders, all of whom worked together at Mint.com, created Visual.ly after realizing that there was a high demand for visual content. Unsure of how to solve the demand, they  ...

November 27, 2015 | 9:00am EST
Startups - The new work

Software firm Redbooth rockets to 526% growth by connecting with clients

by Annie Gaus Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of Redbooth

SAN FRANCISCO—Redbooth is a cloud app tackling an ambitious problem: How to make work more efficient, strategic and cohesive.

It allows companies to collaborate in real time to manage their work and get more done.

Its products — which include video calling, private cloud features, business chat, mobile collaboration and more — seem to be striking a chord: Redbooth has grown revenue 526  ...

November 26, 2015 | 3:00pm EST
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