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For all the publicity generated by the recent increase in value of Bitcoin, as well as the generally increasing awareness of the existence of blockchain technology, Greentech Media’s recent Blockchain in Energy Forum 2018 held in New York City demonstrated that the technology is incredibly young and all stakeholders—utilities, regulators, entrepreneurs, consumers and investors—are still struggling with the ultimate impact of distributed ledger systems.

The Week Ahead - US v. Microsoft at SCOTUS

February 26, 2018 | Blog | By Cynthia Larose

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in United States v. Microsoft Corp., in which the court will decide whether a US technology service provider, Microsoft, must obey a search warrant for data stored in a foreign country.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile: Simplexity

January 15, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Simplexity Services is a San Diego, CA-based company offering back-office services for start-up entrepreneurs and for those who have closed seed or Series A financings. Simplexity helps de-risk and accelerate startups by applying systems science and solutions as building blocks for essential founder infrastructure, resulting in the business insights and deliverables which allow founders and their investors to sleep better at night.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - January 2018

January 15, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

In this edition of MintzTech Connect, we discuss the benefits of a Series LLC; we highlight Simplexity, a wonderful back-office company based in San Diego; and we have included a fascinating article on cryptocurrencies which explains this new asset class that enables decentralized applications. Additionally, we highlight our new series of podcasts called From The Edge, which provides useful information for and about entrepreneurs.

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MintzTech Guest Article: Letter to Jamie Dimon and Anyone Still Struggling to Understand Cryptocurrencies
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Mintz Launches New From the Edge Podcast

January 15, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Mintz Levin is excited to announce From the Edge, a podcast for and about entrepreneurs. In this series, Mintz attorneys who specialize in emerging companies speak with investors and entrepreneurs in the technology, biotech, and finance fields to explore the key strategies they used to build successful ventures. Featured industry leaders explain how they raised capital, built great management teams, achieved successful liquidity events, and more.

InsureTech Connect 2017 Panel Discussion: Maximizing Profits via Products and Alternative Business Model Innovation

October 9, 2017 | Article | By Heidi Lawson, Gregory Hoffnagle, Jacquelyn Burke

After being in the insurance industry for several decades in a variety of roles, I frequently get asked which insurtechs I think are going to be successful.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile: quip

September 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Since its beginnings in early 2015, quip, the Brooklyn-based dental start-up co-founded by former industrial product designers Simon Enever and Bill May, has swiftly reinvented the archaic dental healthcare industry. From its superbly designed electric toothbrushes to its subscription toothbrush-head and toothpaste replacement service, and its “dental connect” digital platform for customers and dental professionals, quip has made it easier, more enjoyable, and more affordable for customers to keep their smiles bright and healthy. For these achievements, quip has received unprecedented dental industry and press coverage, including recognition as one of TIME Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2016, a place on the O, The Oprah Magazine “O-List,” and a 2016 GQ Grooming Award. With such accolades and its robust social media following, quip is revolutionizing the way people around the world approach oral healthcare.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - September 2017

September 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Words are very powerful and the language we use often frames a discussion. For example, the term “shareholder activist” sounds like a consumer friendly person who has everyone’s best interests at heart, when in fact the term “shareholder activist” is a phrase invented to cast corporate raiders in a better light. Such semantic gamesmanship often masks the reality of a particular situation.

SAFEs: The (Not So) Simple Agreement for (Potential) Future Equity

September 7, 2017 | Alert | By Brian Novell, Daniel DeWolf

Historically, most startup companies were funded either by the offering of equity or by loans in the form of convertible promissory notes. Recently, however, there have been some hybrid instruments created to fund startups.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - June 2017

June 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

The current edition of MintzTech Connect includes an article relating to investing in hot secondary securities and an article on some of the pitfalls in our “gig economy” under New York law when hiring independent contractors. We also highlight a very cool young company called Kinnos, which is raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination to protect healthcare workers, patients, and the general public.

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U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission member Michael Piwowar on Tuesday urged investors to be wary of the pitfalls of so-called SAFE investments — a sophisticated financing instrument for startup companies — that are increasingly being marketed to the broader retail investing public.

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Seniority Matters

June 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf

There is little doubt that activity in the trading of secondary shares of private companies remains robust. Private companies are staying private longer and there seems to be an unlimited demand to buy into the newest “Unicorn” anointed each week. As the market for secondary shares stays strong, valuations seem not to matter much to most buyers.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile: Kinnos, Inc.

June 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Kinnos Inc. is a New York-based company that is raising the standard of infectious disease decontamination to protect healthcare workers, patients, and the general public. Their first product, Highlight®, is an additive for disinfectants that eliminates human error and allows even untrained end-users, such as healthcare workers, housekeeping staff, and biosafety personnel, to immediately use disinfectants effectively.

Insurtech: 5 Questions, More Profit

April 28, 2017 | Advisory | By Heidi Lawson, Gregory Hoffnagle, Jacquelyn Burke

Decisions you make when founding and/or investing in an insurtech venture can dictate your regulatory obligations, tax liability, operational structure and, ultimately, profitability. Here are five seemingly simple questions to ask when launching an insurtech venture:
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - March 2017

March 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue includes two articles that challenge conventional thinking. The first, called “Software is Still Patent Eligible,” makes the case that software patents can still be obtained. IP generally accretes in value over time and is critically important to the value proposition of many enterprises. While some commentators believe that software patents are no longer worth trying to obtain, we disagree. The second article is about a novel way to construct a more balanced approach to the share ownership of founders and investors. People often forget that the NVCA (National Venture Capital Association) forms are created by counsel to the venture capital industry and as such are generally biased in favor of the investor. Our article proposes a novel solution to mitigate this bias and the solution is both simple and equitable.

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MintzTech Innovator Profile: BetterPT

March 15, 2017 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Recognizing that physical therapy will always be in demand, Dr. Stephen Fealy MD, a leading orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), and Greg Peters, a leading health and fitness expert, joined forces to make the overall physical therapy industry and experience more effective and efficient, thus BetterPT was conceived.

On January 17, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit against Qualcomm in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for allegedly monopolizing the market for CDMA and LTE baseband processor technologies.

ClassCo, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.: A Reminder Of Obviousness Analysis Under KSR

January 6, 2017 | Blog | By Brad M Scheller, Anthony Faillaci, Kristina Cary

In ClassCo, Inc. v. Apple, Inc. the Federal Circuit upheld a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“the Board”), which invalidated several claims of ClassCo’s US Patent No. 6,970,695 (“the ’695 patent”) that discussed caller ID technology that would verbally announce the name of an incoming caller before the call is connected.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile: T-REX

December 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Founded in 2012 and headquartered in New York City, T-REX’s secure, enterprise SaaS-based analytics, risk, and portfolio management platform standardizes and provides transparency to the complex structured products evaluation process, increasing liquidity and creating significant investment opportunities for the hundreds of billions of dollars of capital across various esoteric, non-commoditized asset classes.

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