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FinTech Companies Face Big Privacy Challenges in 2016

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Natalie Prescott, Cynthia Larose

According to the FBI, “there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be.” It does not take an actual data breach, however, for a company to be liable for its data security practices. In March 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made this clear when it settled its first-ever data security enforcement action against an online payment processing company, Dwolla.
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MintzTech Industry Update: Entrepreneur Rule

September 15, 2016 | Article | By Douglas Hauer, Samuel Asher Effron

At MintzEdge, we are already thinking about how a recent immigration law development may help our clients grow their ventures. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new rule for entrepreneurs. If the rule becomes law, qualified entrepreneurs would be considered for parole (temporary permission to be in the United States) to jumpstart and build their businesses in the United States. The rule is a path-breaking proposal because it seeks to use and retrofit an existing immigration benefit called “parole” to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, who may otherwise be unable to secure a nonimmigrant visa such as an H-1B or E-2 visa.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - September 2016

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

The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was limited to offline communications and was dominated by professional venture capitalists; now the capital raising process has been democratized. Capital can be raised online directly by companies or through intermediaries. It can be accomplished by crowd sourcing to “accredited investors” or, in limited amounts, by crowdfunding to everyone. Additionally, companies can raise capital in an “IPO lite” manner by using the new Reg A+.

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MintzTech Innovator Profiles - Vidrovr

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

Vidrovr can index, search, and recommend video content in a cost-effective, automatic, and accurate manner. Vidrovr addresses three key market needs: 1. Domain and customer-specific automatic metadata generation for videos, 2. Video Content Management solutions that enable automatic placement and recommendation of video clips for across a company’s digital products, and 3. Automatically linking and sourcing visual social media content that is relevant to a particular video or online article before it is published. Vidrovr was recently named as one of the winners of the prestigious Publicis90 competition, which entails investment and mentorship from Publicis Groupe.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - July 2016

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

In this issue, we answer the question we are asked on a weekly basis: Are electronic signatures enforceable? (spoiler alert….the answer is YES). We also feature an amazing company called SeedInvest, a true pioneer in terms of raising a company online from the crowd. Additionally, consistent with our focus on robotics, we have an interesting article about selling your robotics company.

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Cynthia Larose – Chair of the Privacy & Security Practice Group at Mintz – was named by the National Diversity Council as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology for 2016. Honorees are women serving as top leaders in their organizations and professions, who maintain a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise, operate with the highest integrity, demonstrate a commitment to corporate citizenship, and serve as effective role models to inspire the next generation of female professionals.

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MintzTech In the Spotlight - Yes, E-signatures Are Enforceable

July 15, 2016 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron, Rachel Gholston

We are often presented with the question of whether electronic signatures are enforceable. The answer is yes. There is an entire statutory regime under both state and federal law which gives validity to electronic signatures. This article gives a high level overview of best practices for optimizing your use of electronic signatures.

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MintzTech In the News In NYC - Grey Group Launches Grey Adventures

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

New York-based advertising powerhouse Grey Group has launched a new, tech-focused unit aimed at engaging directly with the cutting-edge material required by its present and future clients. Called Grey Adventures, the unit will work to create new products, services, and business models for the agency. Partnering with both innovative start-ups and established tech companies alike, the practice combines Grey’s creative capital with its deep, material understanding of the tech space. The team will be led by Evan Kraut, Grey’s managing director of Grey Adventures, and Darren Moran, the agency’s head of innovation.

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MintzTech Innovator Profiles - SeedInvest

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

SeedInvest is a leading equity crowdfunding platform founded in 2012. Its mission is to transform the broken private company fundraising process to make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital by opening up access to venture capital and angel investing to everyone. Equity crowdfunding is important because it has the potential to allow founders to spend less time fundraising and more time building their businesses, which is what matters most. It also allows startups to turn their most ardent supporters and customers into investors for the first time.

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Mintz to Present on Series A Funding at the Cambridge Innovation Center

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

The Venture Café Foundation believes that every person with an idea should feel empowered to become a successful entrepreneur, regardless of background, origin, or education. The company is a Massachusetts Not­for­Profit Corporation, incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect the innovation community, expand the definition of innovation, and build a more inclusive innovation economy. The Venture Café Foundation enhances and accelerates the innovation process through workspaces, programs, and conversations for individuals and organizations to gather and build relationships.

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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Gotham Greens

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

Our client Gotham Greens is pioneering the urban agriculture field by providing its diverse retail, restaurant, and institutional customers with premium-quality lettuces and herbs grown from rooftop greenhouses in NYC and Chicago. The company’s pesticide-free, non-GMO produce is grown using ecologically sustainable methods, meeting the highest standards of food safety. Sent to local stores and grocers, its crops are designed for eating, not travel. But the real innovation lies in Gotham Greens’s 100% clean energy–powered, climate-controlled, urban greenhouses, which produce over 50% more crops than conventional greenhouses while using 25% less energy per pound.

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - May 2016

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

In this issue we feature Gotham Greens, an amazing company growing premium quality lettuces and herbs on large urban rooftops in NYC and Chicago. Environmentally conscious and also fast-growing, Gotham Greens epitomizes the ideal of creating meaningful economic value by doing good! We also highlight a number of interesting legal proposals that could affect email privacy and angel investing. Additionally, we discuss a new law that will facilitate the resales of securities of private companies and a new tax credit for biotech companies based in NYC.
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MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act

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

MintzTech Industry Update - The HALOS Act & The Email Privacy Act
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Patents 101: Protecting Innovations

March 23, 2016 | Article | By Michael Van Loy

A deeper dive into the importance and value of patents and the process to get one – from filing through issuance.
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What is Intellectual Property, and Why is it Important?

March 23, 2016 | Article | By Peter Snell

IP 101: This deck gives entrepreneurs the “need-to-know” information about trademarks, copyrights, patents and trade secrets.
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Preparing Your Portfolio For Prime Time: IP Due Diligence

March 23, 2016 | Article | By William Geary

Due diligence helps potential investors know they are making a winning bet on your start-up. Hence, investors conduct a detailed look “under the hood” of the company and the company’s IP is at center stage.

Fund Manager Annual Update

March 1, 2016 | Alert | By Louis Froelich, Thomas Burton, Daniel DeWolf, Adam Gale

The SEC brought a record number of enforcement actions against investment advisers in 2015, resulting in approximately $4.2 billion in sanctions.1 This alert highlights current issues for private equity, venture capital and hedge fund managers and also summarizes certain key required annual filings.
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Immigration Considerations for a Start-Up Company

February 24, 2016 | Article | By Susan Cohen

Tips for start-up companies building an immigration petition.
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MintzTech Innovator Profile - Conduce

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

This month we turn the spotlight on Conduce, our client in beautiful Carpinteria, California, that is transforming the way companies see and understand all of their data to make better decisions. Conduce gives leaders a single pane of glass where they can see internal and external data from any source, and explore it any way they want — any data from any source in a single intuitive interface. It puts people in the middle of their data.

Top Ten Reasons Why US Trademark Searches are Important to Every Business

February 15, 2016 | Article | By Susan Neuberger Weller

As we ring in the new year, we thought we would remind everyone why the importance of a comprehensive trademark search for a new company name and for a new trademark cannot be overstated:
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