Superstimulus: Refining Online Interactions into Digital Heroin

Attention-selling business models have incentives for fostering unhealthy addictive behavior. They are refining online interactions into the equivalent of digital heroin: experiences that are highly pleasurable, highly addictive, and in the long run seriously harmful. My goal is to offer several perspectives on certain business models that encourage a “race [...]

By | 2018-08-14T15:20:31+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|Legal Issues, skmurphy|0 Comments

In the Beginning was the Doodle: Protecting Startup Secrets

Pete Tormey’s ebook “Startup Guide to Intellectual Property: Early Stage Protection of IP” is a great resource for founders on startup intellectual property. This blog post includes excerpts from the “Protecting IP Early” chapter that focus on protecting startup secrets early in its existence. […]

In the Beginning Was the Doodle: Defining Startup Intellectual Property

Pete Tormey’s ebook “Startup Guide to Intellectual Property: Early Stage Protection of IP” is a great resource for founders on startup intellectual property. This blog post includes excerpts from the “Protecting IP Early” Chapter of Pete’s book. They cover some of the basic concepts of intellectual property and how to [...]

Pearl Harbor to 9-11 to the Panopticon

This post has been percolating for two years, it’s a request to folks working on networking, social networks, and other technologies to consider the implications of their actions. My thesis is that the combination of advertising driven firms that sell their audience as the product and efforts to prevent another [...]

By | 2016-02-26T00:26:40+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Legal Issues, skmurphy|2 Comments

3d Printing IP Issues

One good way to make predictions about the future of a new technology is to examine the paths that similar technologies have taken historically and use them to draw likely trajectories. As Mark Twain observed, “History may not repeat itself but it does rhyme.” New technologies solve existing problems in [...]

By | 2015-07-08T22:11:09+00:00 June 15th, 2015|3D Model, Legal Issues, Rules of Thumb|2 Comments

FounderSuite Worth a Look for Saving Time On Your New Startup

There are a number of forms packages now available for entrepreneurs that provide templates for incorporation, investment term sheets, hiring employees and contractors, etc.. And there are several business model canvas tools that are designed to facilitate useful discussions among founders and advisors (and potential investors) about a new startup. [...]

Don’t Miss “Capturing Intellectual Property” Silicon Valley Workshop Oct-19-2013

Register for  "How to Invent" for free Udemy course at http://www.udemy.com/how-to-invent/ "How To Invent" is a step-by-step guide for non-inventors to start inventing. It is organized as  screencast lectures, practice sessions, and quizzes. It  offers process for capturing on paper key ideas in your head that you want to document [...]

By | 2013-09-18T18:44:31+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Events, Legal Issues, skmurphy, Workshop|0 Comments

The Limits of Legal Self-Help

Every bootstrapper has a limited budget for attorney's fees. Attorneys can help you foresee problems and craft contract language, which looks remarkably similar to English but is in fact code that is executed by the legal system. Use them to protect valuable assets--intellectual property, source code, revenue streams--not create them. [...]

By | 2011-05-26T17:15:49+00:00 September 22nd, 2010|2 Open for Business Stage, Legal Issues, skmurphy|1 Comment

Bootstrappers Breakfast Is Now a Registered Trademark

"Bootstrappers Breakfast" was registered June 23, 2009 as a trademark of SKMurphy, Inc. "For education services, namely providing live and on-line seminars, workshops, and mentoring sessions in the field of entrepreneurship." No claim is made to the exclusive right to use "breakfast" apart from "Bootstrappers Breakfast." Details as they unfold: [...]

By | 2010-04-03T23:04:07+00:00 June 24th, 2009|Events, Legal Issues, skmurphy|1 Comment