Monthly Archives: August 2013

Continuing the Connection Between Big Businesses and Start-Ups

Last week, we discussed the benefits of collaboration and competition between start-ups and Fortune 500 companies and the efforts being made to encourage and foster such relationships.  Last week, we highlighted one such effort, which occurred three months ago when a Chicago venture capital firm hosted an “Innovation Day.”  “Innovation Day” brought together representatives from

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Forging a Connection Between Big Businesses and Startups

If you are like most people, you think that Silicon Valley is the hub for startups, especially technology startups.  This is not exactly true.  Last week, the Kauffman Foundation and Engine, a non-profit connecting startups and government (or, according to their website, “the voice of startups in government”), issued a joint report showing that “startups

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Teamwork and Collaboration Can Produce Happier Employees, Greater Success for Your Business, and Fewer Legal Headaches

China Labor Watch is a New York-based non-government organization founded in 2000, to defend the rights of workers in China.  Last month, China Labor Watch released a report documenting the working conditions of laborers at Apple supplier Pegatron. The report concludes that workers at Pegatron’s Chinese factories are working too many hours in poor conditions.

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California Startups Should Start Slowly

Last November, Bravo premiered the show, “Startups: Silicon Valley,” produced by Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  According to Bravo’s website, the show “explores the intertwining lives of a group of young entrepreneurs on the path to becoming Silicon Valley’s next great success stories….  Silicon Valley isn’t a town, a neighborhood, or a

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Employee Training Can Ensure a Good Beginning for Your Startup

Last week, the former communications director for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner filed a lawsuit against him and the city accusing the Mayor of sexual harassment.  Since then, several other female staff member and constituents have come forward with similar accusations against Mr. Filner.  This week, the Mayor’s attorney argued in a letter to the

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