LaunchUp #13 – Thursday Dec 2, 6:30 p.m. – @ SLCC in Sandy w The BBQ Dude, Qbillion, Readeo

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Back to the North! And Legal Clinic round 2 to boot.

Hope to see everyone there to support our community “barn raising” and energizing event for entrepreneurs.

And of course, as always, we’re featuring 3 really awesome companies!

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Specifics:

Promotion/RSVP: If attending in person, PLEASE tweet:

I’m going to #LaunchUp Dec 2 to see The BBQ Dude, Qbillion, & Readeo, are you? http://bit.ly/launchup13

And use our FB event page for LaunchUp #13 to RSVP and forward on to/invite your friends.

If not on Twitter, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com and let me know you’re coming. It helps us plan for food.

Date: Thursday Dec 2nd

Time: 6:30 p.m. (Legal Clinic runs from 5:30-6:30)

Location: Karen Gail Miller Conference Center @ Salt Lake Community College — 9750 S 300 W Sandy, UT 84070

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Driving Directions: From I-15 take the 9000 South/UT-209 exit #295 Head west on 9000 S Turn south on Sandy Parkway Turn east on 9120 South Turn south on 300 West The Larry H. Miller Campus is located at 9750 S 300 W Karen Gail Miller Conference Center at SLCC in Sandy

Event URL: You can watch our live stream online at http://www.launchup.org/live/ if you can’t make it out.

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Agenda:

Welcome and LaunchUp Report: 5 minutes: Matt Smith

Amp Session:10 minutes Adam Edmunds, President & CEO, Allegiance.

Adam Edmunds has never had a job. He started an ethics reporting company called SilentWhistle during college at BYU, grew the company to more than $4M in revenues and $2M in EBITDA, and sold it to the industry’s largest competitor. He is now the President & CEO of Allegiance, a software company based in South Jordan that provides customer insight and feedback solutions. Allegiance was #58 on the Inc. 500 list (#5 among software) in 2009. Allegiance serves about 500 companies worldwide and has 100 employees with offices in Utah, Texas, and India. From 1995-98, Adam was one of the top 5 Warcraft 2 players in the world. He slaughtered thousands under the alias “Mailman.”

In The Weeds: 10 Minutes

Launched! A Crash Course in Lessons Learned Ryan Elkins, CEO & Cofounder, IActionable.

Ryan Elkins is the CEO and co-founder of IActionable, a game mechanics as a service company, which helps companies measure and motivate user engagement. Prior to starting IActionable he worked as a salesman and software developer, completed a degree in Computer Science from Neumont University, and topped damage meters as a level 80 hunter.

Company Presentations: 45 Minutes

The BBQ Dude The BBQ Dude is a Truck that promotes “Street Q” Street Q is a combination of Slow and Low style cooking with modern spices and twist that I take and make things that make a taste explosion in your mouth….. Simple and affordable Scrumdiddlyumptous!!!!!

QBillion Serving the Internet’s finance vertical, Qbillion is the only open web site creating an investment community in the direct context of financial data and analysis. Our goal is to be the information resource of choice for small to mid-size investors and business professionals nationally, based on more insightful investment content both from the site and from the community.

Readeo Readeo offers an ever-growing library of online children’s books—with one fantastic twist: read them together whether you’re in the same room or thousands of miles apart.

Corner Dives and Nacho Bar around 8:00 p.m., we’ll break for food, and then each company heads to a corner, and anyone interested in learning more or helping dives right in with them. General networking in highly energized setting.

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Please help spread the word. Bring your friends!! (If you’re using Twitter, use hashtag #LaunchUp)

http://bit.ly/launchup13 Is the URL for all the event details.

Remember, we stream the event live at http://www.launchup.org/live and make it as inclusive as possible to anyone, even if you cannot attend in person.

We are also building a list of those that want to support first-time technology entrepreneurs in Utah. You can join our community. It will help us track those that want to help, and your name/link will be published real time on the community page.

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A special thanks to LaunchUp #13 supporters:

USTAR for helping with logistics,

To Salt Lake Community College

for providing the location, and to

Doba for the perpetual LaunchUp fund.

Finally, LaunchUp #14 will be in January on Jan 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at offices at Thanksgiving Point. Mark your calendars!

Watch the site for more info. If your company, or one you know, would like to present, please fill out our application to present.

If you’d like to help out, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

Subscribe to our RSS feed — Join our LaunchUp Linked Group — Follow us on Twitter: @launchup — Become a fan on Facebook: LaunchUp.org — Email Jeremy Hanks if you’d like to help/get move involved: jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

Legal Clinic @ December LaunchUp: Dec 2nd, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. @ SLCC in Sandy

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Hey Everyone!

First, the location has moved for LaunchUp #13 this next Thursday, Dec 2nd. We’re going to be at Karen Gail Miller Conference Center at SLCC in Sandy.

We’re also really excited to announce that yet again, you can come an hour early to LaunchUp #13 for a free legal clinic put on by business and intellectual property attorneys from Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere, Dorsey & Whitney, Bateman IP, and Kunzler, Needham, Massey, & Thorpe.

These attorneys will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 to sit down with entrepreneurs in a one on one setting to answer legal questions you might have about your business. These guys can give you their thoughts on issues relating to formation, angel and venture financings, employment, options, intellectual property, strategic partner relationships, customer contracts, exits and other issues that startups regularly face.

If you’re starting a company, or are thinking about it, you’d be extremely remiss to not take advantage of free legal advice!!!

Following the Legal Clinic, LaunchUp #13 will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. per usual. (full agenda coming soon)

RSVP on our Facebook Event page for LaunchUp #13.

See everyone there!

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Location: Karen Gail Miller Conference Center @ Salt Lake Community College — 9750 S 300 W Sandy, UT 84070

Driving Directions: From I-15 take the 9000 South/UT-209 exit #295 Head west on 9000 S Turn south on Sandy Parkway Turn east on 9120 South Turn south on 300 West The Larry H. Miller Campus is located at 9750 S 300 W View Campus Map

LaunchUp #12 – Thursday Nov 4, 6:30 p.m. – @ Noah's in Lindon w ClickLock, KarmaKey, QR Code City

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Well after an attendance record setting LaunchUp last month (180 people!), we’re back and back to Utah County.

Hope to see everyone there to support our community “barn raising” and energizing event for entrepreneurs.

And of course, we’re featuring 3 really sweet companies!

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Specifics:

Promotion/RSVP: If attending in person, PLEASE tweet:

I’m going to #LaunchUp Nov 4 to see ClickLock, KarmaKey, & QR Code City, are you? http://bit.ly/launchup12

And use our FB event page for LaunchUp #12 to RSVP and forward on to/invite your friends.

If not on Twitter, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com and let me know you’re coming. It helps us plan for food.

Date: Thursday Nov 4th

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Noah’s in Lindon — 644 N. 2000 W. Lindon, UT

Driving Directions: East of I-15 at exit 275 (Pleasant Grove) on 2000 W (formerly Proctor Lane).

Event URL: You can watch our live stream online at http://www.launchup.org/live/ if you can’t make it out.

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Agenda:

Welcome and LaunchUp Report: 5 minutes: Jeremy Hanks

Amp Session:10 minutes Derek Miner, Co-Founder, EVP of Partner Development, Orange Soda.

OrangeSoda Co-Founder Derek O. Miner is EVP of OrangeSoda Enterprise. A leader in online search marketing, Miner has created and maintained strategic relationships with large advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies, including Omnicom, Sears, and AOL. Most recently, he worked as Director of Sales and Strategic Accounts at Enhance Interactive, where he built a sales team from the ground up. His other areas of expertise include strategic partnerships, marketing distribution, partner management, and product design and implementation. Miner’s proven track record includes seven years of online advertising experience; he is a veteran of start-up organizations. He is known for his creativity in structuring and closing strategic relationships. Miner also oversees OrangeSoda Enterprise, a division of OrangeSoda that caters to large accounts and agency relationships. Miner earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from Brigham Young University. His passions include golf, horseback riding, cycling and playing the drums. Miner resides with his family in Provo, Utah.

In The Weeds: 10 Minutes

Beware the Idea Fairy Jeremy Hanks, Cofounder, Chairman and Pres, Doba.

Jeremy Hanks is an entrepreneur. He founded and is the current President & Chairman of Doba, an ecommerce dropshipping software company. He is also the founder of Climb Ventures, an early-stage startup advisory and mentoring group, and LaunchUp.org, an event that focuses on “barn raising” for entrepreneurs in Utah. Previously, he founded and sold GearTrade.com. You can follow Jeremy by subscribing to his Adventures in Entrepreneurship blog at www.jeremyhanks.com

Company Presentations: 45 Minutes

ClickLock ClickLock enables simple, secure, business-to-consumer communication. Using ClickLock, a bank, healthcare provider, or other sender can send encrypted, signed messages to their customer’s existing account, whether that is a web mail account like Gmail, a corporate account using Outlook, or (eventually) a Facebook account, all with no customer “setup” required before sending the message.

KarmaKey We bring loyalty programs to mobile phones and replace traditional loyalty card with an app. Restaurant patrons can track, claim, and redeem rewards.

QR Code City QR Code City allows users to create, manage, share, and track custom QR codes through web and mobile apps.

Corner Dives and Brick Oven Pizza around 8:00 p.m., we’ll break for food, and then each company heads to a corner, and anyone interesting in learning more or helping dives right in with them. General networking in highly energized setting.

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Please help spread the word. Bring your friends!! (If you’re using Twitter, use hashtag #LaunchUp)

http://bit.ly/launchup12 Is the URL for all the event details.

Remember, we stream the event live at http://www.launchup.org/live and make it as inclusive as possible to anyone, even if you cannot attend in person.

We are also building a list of those that want to support first-time technology entrepreneurs in Utah. You can join our community. It will help us track those that want to help, and your name/link will be published real time on the community page.

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A special thanks to LaunchUp #12 supporters:

Noah’s for providing the location, and to

Doba for the perpetual LaunchUp fund.

Finally, LaunchUp #13 will be in December on Dec 2, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at a location TBD. Mark your calendars!

Watch the site for more info. If your company, or one you know, would like to present, please fill out our application to present.

If you’d like to help out, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

Subscribe to our RSS feed — Join our LaunchUp Linked Group — Follow us on Twitter: @launchup — Become a fan on Facebook: LaunchUp.org — Email Jeremy Hanks if you’d like to help/get move involved: jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

LaunchUp #11: GroSocial, MealDrop, Piick

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Free Miller Business Center was an outstanding venue to meet in. This was the largest event that LaunchUp has been a part of. There were over a couple of hundred people involved. This event included participants not only from the LaunchUp community, but also Ignite Salt Lake and the Utah Open Source Conference.

LaunchUp #11: combined w Ignite & UTOSC – Thursday Oct 7, 6:30 p.m. – @ SLCC (Sandy) w GroSocial, MealDrop, Piick

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We’ve joined forces with 2 other awesome events into one for October’s LaunchUp: Ignite Salt Lake and the Utah Open Source Conference!!

As such, our agenda format will be modified slightly. Hope to see everyone there to support our community “barn raising” and energizing event for entrepreneurs.

It’s going to be best LaunchUp yet! And of course, we’re featuring 3 insanely awesome companies!

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Specifics:

Promotion/RSVP: If attending in person, PLEASE tweet:

I’m going to #LaunchUp Oct 7 to see GroSocial, MealDrop, & Piick AND IgniteSLC, are you? http://bit.ly/launchup11

And use our FB event page for LaunchUp #11 to RSVP and forward on to/invite your friends.

If not on Twitter, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com and let me know you’re coming. It helps us plan for food.

Date: Thursday Oct 7nd

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Miller Free Enterprise Center @ Salt Lake Community College — 9750 S 300 W Sandy, UT 84070

Driving Directions: From I-15 take the 9000 South/UT-209 exit #295 Head west on 9000 S Turn south on Sandy Parkway Turn east on 9120 South Turn south on 300 West The Larry H. Miller Campus is located at 9750 S 300 W View Campus Map

Event URL: You can watch our live stream online at http://www.launchup.org/live/ if you can’t make it out.

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Agenda:

Welcome and LaunchUp Report: 5 minutes: Jeremy Hanks

Company Presentations: 45 Minutes

GroSocial GroSocial makes social media marketing easy. Businesses use GroSocial’s products to help them establish a meaningful presence on social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

MealDrop Mealdrop is an online ordering software that improves the way food vendors interact with their customers while increasing revenue. Our social ordering platform makes purchases a more fun, fast, and efficient experience, and combines new technology and online networks to help reduce lines and serve consumers better than ever.

Piick Piick is real friends shopping together. Getting relevant recommendations and opinions from trusted friends and family makes buying the right product easier and more fun.

Corner Dives and Nacho Bar! around 7:30 p.m., we’ll break for food, and then each company heads to a corner, and anyone interesting in learning more or helping dives right in with them. General networking in highly energized setting.

Ignite Salt Lake: Kick it into high gear with these awesome presentations.

If you’ve never seen Ignite, you’re missing out. 5 minute presentations on anything you’re passionate about with 20 slides that auto-rotate every 15 seconds.

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Please help spread the word. Bring your friends!! (If you’re using Twitter, use hashtag #LaunchUp)

http://bit.ly/launchup11 Is the URL for all the event details.

Remember, we stream the event live at http://www.launchup.org/live and make it as inclusive as possible to anyone, even if you cannot attend in person.

We are also building a list of those that want to support first-time technology entrepreneurs in Utah. You can join our community. It will help us track those that want to help, and your name/link will be published real time on the community page.

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A special thanks to LaunchUp #11 supporters:

Doba for the perpetual LaunchUp fund.

Finally, LaunchUp #12 will be in November on Thursday Nov 4, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Noah’s in Lindon.

Watch the site for more info. If your company, or one you know, would like to present, please fill out our application to present.

If you’d like to help out, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

Subscribe to our RSS feed — Join our LaunchUp Linked Group — Follow us on Twitter: @launchup — Become a fan on Facebook: LaunchUp.org — Email Jeremy Hanks if you’d like to help/get move involved: jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

LaunchUp Legal Clinic

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Hey Everyone!

Remember, LaunchUp #10 is this Thursday.

We’re also really excited to announce that you can come an hour early to LaunchUp #10 for a free legal clinic put on by our pals at Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere. A group of startup and VC lawyers from BTJD will be hanging out from 5:15 to 6:15 to answer questions and brainstorm with entrepreneurs. These guys can give you their thoughts on issues relating to formation, angel and venture financings, employment, options, intellectual property, strategic partner relationships, customer contracts, exits and other issues that startups face.

If you’re starting a company, or are thinking about it, you’d be extremely remiss to not take advantage of free legal advice!!!

RSVP on our Facebook Event page for LaunchUp #10, or by tweeting:

I’m going to #LaunchUp Sept 2 to see Eduglu, BekoZone, & icount, are you? http://bit.ly/launchup10

See everyone there!

As a reminder, LaunchUp #10 is at Noah’s in South Jordan. 322 West 11000 South South Jordan, UT 84095 How to get here: Just west of I-15 located near CarMax. North of the Walmart and Alternative High School.

LaunchUp #10 – Thursday Sept 2, 6:30 p.m. – @ Noah's in South Jordan w Eduglu, BekoZone, icount

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Hey everyone. After taking a summer vacation, LaunchUp #10 is ready to roll!!

Location has been changed to Noah’s in South Jordan.

Come support our community “barn raising” and energizing event for entrepreneurs.

We have another sublime event planned with 3 rock worthy companies.

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Specifics:

Promotion/RSVP: If attending in person, PLEASE tweet:

I’m going to #LaunchUp Sept 2 to see Eduglu, BekoZone, & icount, are you? http://bit.ly/launchup10

And use our FB event page to RSVP and forward on to/invite your friends.

If not on Twitter, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com and let me know you’re coming. It helps us plan for food.

Date: Thursday Sept 2nd

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Noah’s in South Jordan

322 West 11000 South South Jordan, UT 84095

How to get here: Just west of I-15 located near CarMax. North of the Walmart and Alternative High School.

Event URL: You can watch our live stream online at http://www.launchup.org/live/ if you can’t make it out.

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Agenda:

Welcome and LaunchUp Report: 5 minutes: Jeremy Hanks

Amp Session:10 minutes Dave Bateman, Cofounder and CEO, Property Solutions.

Before co-founding Property Solutions, Mr. Bateman studied business administration with an emphasis in entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University. In December 2002, Mr. Bateman was awarded “Student Entrepreneur of the Year” by Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management for founding various successful web-based companies. Bateman sits on the board of several for-profit and non-profit ventures including Xento Systems and The More Good Foundation. He has been featured on the cover of both Entrepreneur and Fortune Small Business Magazines. Today, Mr. Bateman has over 10 years of hands-on software development and architecture experience in Saas-based software development. Mr. Bateman remains extremely hands-on in product steering and architectural implementation. This unique characteristic explains why Property Solutions remains overwhelmingly product focused, and prides itself on being the most inventive, agile, and responsive company in its space.

In The Weeds: 10 Minutes

Bootstrap Marketing for Start Ups Chris Knudsen, VP of Marketing & Biz Dev, SEO.com.

Chris Knudsen is an experienced technology marketing and business development executive. Prior to SEO.com, he was the vice president of sales and marketing for Doba SMB – one of the largest Internet companies in Utah. He previously served in various vice presidential roles at Podango, Sapha, and Speaking Roses International. Chris has also consulted extensively in the areas of Internet marketing, start up sales, and social media. He has published articles in both Connect and Launch magazines. Chris has been recognized by v|Spring Capital as one of the top venture entrepreneurs in Utah for 2007, 2008 and 2009. He earned an MBA from Westminster College and occasionally teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Gore School of Business.

Company Presentations: 45 Minutes

Eduglu Eduglu is a hosted social learning app that makes it easy for teachers and students to post insights, point out good content, ask pertinent (and impertinent) questions, and share what they’re working on with fellow students. Built on the open-source CMS Drupal, Eduglu is more customizable, dynamic and social than other online learning tools for classrooms—it’s like Facebook for your classroom.

BekoZone BekoZone.com is the first online barter/trade match-making platform. Meaning, Beko connects you to the person who wants what you have, and has what you want. It’s the funnest way to trade your stuff for cooler stuff.

icount Icount is a political social networking website that informs its users on political issues, current events, legislation, party and candidate positions and the voting records of their elected officials. Icount also provides its users with engagement opportunities with their social networks, candidates and their elected officials as well as measures the impact of those engagements.

Corner Dives around 8:00 p.m., get food, and then each company heads to a corner, and anyone interesting in learning more or helping dives right in with them. General networking in highly energized setting.

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Please help spread the word. Bring your friends!! (If you’re using Twitter, use hashtag #LaunchUp)

http://bit.ly/launchup10 Is the URL for all the event details.

Remember, we stream the event live at http://www.launchup.org/live and make it as inclusive as possible to anyone, even if you cannot attend in person.

We are also building a list of those that want to support first-time technology entrepreneurs in Utah. You can join our community. It will help us track those that want to help, and your name/link will be published real time on the community page.

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A special thanks to LaunchUp #10 supporters:

Noah’s for providing the location, and to

Doba for the perpetual LaunchUp fund.

Finally, LaunchUp #11 will be in October on Thursday Oct 7, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at Noah’s in Lindon.

Watch the site for more info. If your company, or one you know, would like to present, please fill out our application to present.

If you’d like to help out, email jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

Subscribe to our RSS feed — Join our LaunchUp Linked Group — Follow us on Twitter: @launchup — Become a fan on Facebook: LaunchUp.org — Email Jeremy Hanks if you’d like to help/get move involved: jeremy . hanks @ gmail . com

LaunchUp #10 – Summer Vacation

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We tried. Tried hard. But we’ve realized that summers are BUSY!

We had about 1/2 a LaunchUp ready to go for this Thursday the 5th at SEO.com.

But last we checked, we try — sometimes unsuccessfully (sorry Yoda) — to not do anything of the half donkeyed variety.

Thus, we’re moving LaunchUp #10 to September 2nd at 6:30 p.m., still at SEO.com.

Two things:

- Mark your calendars! Let’s kick off the Fall with the biggest LaunchUp yet! - Make sure and spread the word so no one shows up Thursday! :)

See you in September!

LaunchUp #9: O-CODES, RawData, Pixelture

Written by merrillhansen on . Posted in LaunchUps, News

Thanksgiving Point in Lehi was the facility that hosted this evenings LaunchUp. They provide great services to the entrepreneur community in Utah.

Company Pitches

  • oCodes Dave Oldham presented his idea of how companies, more specifically those that sell through periodicals, can improve their customer experience by providing OCodes to their readers that they can text on their phones. Once they have text’d the code all their networks will get updated, purchases will happen and the world will be a better place because OCodes bridged the gap between “offline” and “online” browsing. If you text “OCodes” at 62626 you can get a copy of the presentation that Dave has given. Ask Not a clear ask except to text for the presentation.
  • Chad Nuesmeyer from RawData presented his company. Only one analytics package exists for broadcast TV. Neilsen and other collectors of data have a view of some consumer information, but we have more. We load information from users cell phones. This reflects everything they are experiencing, music, radio, video etc. We load this data in to a report and sell that to advertisers. Ask 1) Ideas on DB query problem across massive amounts of data. 2) Hardware acceptance to the markets. 3) Looking for funding – around $ 120,000.00.
  • Justin Strong with Pixelture give a presentation about their technology. It is a unique solution that allows users to share their desktop with others. Pixelture provides a server that client software connects with. The client can choose to share their entire desktop, an application or a number of different screens with the server that then projects or broadcasts the screens to other clients. Ask Since they are looking at distributing to the education market does anyone have relationships or suggestions on getting in to the market.

Amp Session was by Steve Spencer. His main message was that as entrepreneurs we should recognize our weaknesses and strengths very honestly. Then, in the places where we are weak we should find outstanding talent to help us out. The second principle is that when you found a company you should craft a way for co-founders and partners can exit gracefully. One of the worst things for a startup company is when one of the founders doesn’t belong in the company anymore and all the employees recognize it, but the founder doesn’t have a simple way to get out.

In the Weeds was presented by Jared Richards who is an attorney with BTJD and also has his own startup company that builds customer skis. He gave a list of six things that entrepreneurs should keep in mind as they start their company:

  1. Choice of entity – If you are going for VC then go straight to Delaware C Corp. Otherwise consider the LLC. It’s cheap and flexible. Don’t make agreements before the company because you lose liability value.
  2. Relationships – This is between your partners. You should consider drafting “walk-away” clauses at the very beginning.
  3. Leaving – If you are creating your company while working with another company make sure that there is a clear line that separates the two entities.
  4. IP (trademarks) – You can do your own search and file your own at US PTO.
  5. IP2 – Make sure that all consulting work done for you is owned by You.
  6. Attorney usage – Use them wisely. Make their job easy and it will keep your costs down.

The video for this event was done by  Clark at Mustache Power Productions and can be found at YouTube.

We look forward to seeing you at the next LaunchUp on August 5, 2010!

You can find more complete notes (boring transcript style) at merrillhansen.com.

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