Category Archives: Technology

10 Tips for Bringing Your Business to the Web

Starting up a business, or entering a new market channel, is never easy.  Starting a business on the World Wide Web (the web), or moving an existing “offline” business there, requires not only effort and risk, but also demands new knowledge and skills.  These tips should help reduce your risk in bringing a business to… Continue Reading

Welcome to California: A Very Short Introduction to Several California Laws that Affect Out-of-State and Foreign Businesses

California is a leader in new trends and lifestyles, and a world leader in developing and commercializing new technologies. Also, however, California often “goes its own way” when developing laws and regulations. Here are just a few of the quirks of California law that I raise most often with my clients both outside (and inside)… Continue Reading

Lifting the Lid on Open Source Hardware

Clive Thompson describes how an Italian group applied open source principles to hardware for the Arduino microcontroller circuit board, a device that can monitor and respond to sensors, control small motors and the like.  Over 50,000 units have been sold worldwide since mass production began. This is NOT open source software that runs inside of… Continue Reading

New wiki directory of Fortune 500 blogs and twitter accounts

Search Engine Land uncovers on a new wiki containing a directory of blogs and twitter accounts used by Fortune 500 companies. The Fortune 500 Business Blogging Wiki is located here.  It began as collaborative project between Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and Ross Mayfield of Socialtext…. Continue Reading

Contract Provisions for Troubled Times: Part 1 – Getting Paid (Technology Law Letter#1)

In this Newsletter Welcome to my Technology Law Letter Contract Provisions for Troubled Times: Part 1 – Getting Paid Re-launch of My Blog Ask Harry Boadwee Welcome to my Technology Law Letter My newsletter will be a reflection of my law practice, which focuses on technology transactions and intellectual property licenses. In other words, contracts… Continue Reading

Accelerators Begin to Replace Incubators

The Deal posts an interesting story on how accelerators such as Y Combinator have replaced incubators for early stage funding of internet technology startups…. Continue Reading

Size of the Intangible Economy

How large is the intangible economy in the U.S.? U.S. businesses invest about $1 trillion in intellectual property and other intangible assets, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Board.  That’s as much as they invest in equipment and other tangible investments. Intangible assets, including intellectual property, constitute nearly 1/3 of the value of… Continue Reading

Tension between Quality Methodologies/Six Sigma and Innovation

Business Week ran an interesting cover story about the tensions between quality methodologies such as Six Sigma, and innovation and creativity. In sum, "while process excellence demands precision, consistency, and repetition, innovation calls for variation, failure and serendipity."  According to Management Professor Vijay Govindarajan, "the more you hardwire a company on total quality management, [the… Continue Reading