Monthly Archives: February 2015

Crowdfunding a Head Transplant

To quote Newsweek: “Dr. Canavero told New Scientist he believes that head transplants could be carried out safely within two years. He says that a Russian patient has already volunteered to undergo the surgery. He intends to cover the costs … Continue reading

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RIP Mr. Nimoy

RIP Leonard Nimoy, who is the host of “Our 20th Century,” an online trivia game now being crowdfunded. https://www.crowdrabbit.com/projects/leonard-nimoys-our-20th-century

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NDA’s Restrict Whistleblowing

See something, say something? But what if your employment agreement has a confidentiality provision? Can you still go to law enforcement? Note that many companies have corporate policies that encourage or require reporting malfeasance up the corporate ladder through the … Continue reading

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Invest In Us, Not Them

Bare knuckles capital raising comes to Silicon Valley as Uber starts telling its investors where they can put their money. Confidentiality provisions are standard, but requiring offerees not to invest in competitors is pretty rare. Uber has asked its investors … Continue reading

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Derivative Businesses Flourish With Risks

If you can’t beat them, service them. The Wall Street Journal today features derivative startups that provide services to/for users of successful internet companies. These companies find a niche, such as providing post-rental cleaning to Airbnb lessors, and then latch … Continue reading

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Gone Guy – Crowdfunder Disappears

News reports the radio silence of the Kickstarter fund raiser (“Jig”) who received over $114,000 from more than 4,000 backers to create his video game The Stomping Land in June 2013. The latest communique is apparently a bulletin board message … Continue reading

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Universities Jump Into VC Investing

Staid universities are now rolling the dice with venture capital investments into startups. The University of California created a $250 million venture fund, ┬áthe University of North Carolina started the Carolina Research Venture Fund with a $10 million investment, and … Continue reading

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