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Startups: The Legal Case for Asking for Permission First

There are a handful of disruptive companies that have asked for forgiveness, rather than permission, when setting up a business. Classic examples are Airbnb, Uber, and Bird. Unsurprisingly, some particular lawyers have worked at all three! But is this really the best business model for success? That depends on your industry, investors, workers, and clients.

Here's the legal case for startups asking for permission first, rather than forgiveness later.

Does Your Startup Need a Nondisclosure Agreement?

Every startup should have a Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA). NDAs protect the privacy rights of trade secrets. In essence, they keep private information private. If the agreement is a one-way NDA, then it protects the rights of the person that drafted the agreement. If it's a two-way NDA, both signing parties have protected their private discussion. It is one of the best ways to protect ideas so as to be able to have meaningful conversations with buyers, suppliers, potential employees, and investors. 

Though most often used in meetings involving technology and other forms of intellectual property, NDAs are also used when disclosing information that could lead to liability, such as insider trading. If you are trying to decide if your startup needs an NDA, ask yourself these questions.

Questions to Ask a Lawyer About Your Drone Startup

Congratulations! You've decided to start a drone business! But before you start flying around and performing all of the aerial nuances of your new business, you may want to visit a lawyer to determine what to do, and what not to do.

3 Equity Tips Every Startup Founder Should Know

Marry in haste, repent at leisure. The producers of The Bachelorette might disagree, but the vast majority of corporate founders would whole-heartedly nod their heads, and have five war stories to back it up.

Division of equity is the leading cause of angst among founders. If you and some co-founders are about to dive into the startup pool, and are wanting to talk equity split, here are a few tips to dodge the equity bullet.

Fun With Crowdfunding, Legally Speaking

You've got a great idea, and you're sure it's going to make it big! Now all you need is money, quite a bit more than you're willing to personally invest, to give this project some legs. Before you start blasting your friends on social media to announce your latest rewards-based crowdfunding project, here are a few things to consider before posting that Kickstarter campaign.

As 3D printers become better and more affordable (there are quite a few models under $500), more and more entrepreneurs become interested in how they can contribute to their small businesses or provide avenues for brand new businesses altogether. Being able to manufacture products without the same staff, machinery, and space requirements opens all new avenues of productivity and profit.

But those possibilities don't come without risk, especially of the legal variety. Just because you can 3D print something doesn't mean you should, and definitely doesn't mean you won't get sued for it, or worse. So here are three big legal questions about the 3D printing business for you to consider, before you print yourself a lawsuit.

With so much technology at our fingertips, more employees are working from home (and anywhere with WiFi) than ever before. But what if you're thinking of taking telecommuting to the next level, and starting your own business out of your home? Seems simple enough, right?

Not so fast, my friend. Between neighborhood zoning laws and tax deductions, there are quite a few legal considerations to take into account before your home business takes flight. Here are the most important:

Best Places to Start a Business

There are a lot of things to consider when you're starting a business. How will you cover the startup costs? Will your title be "CEO" or "grand master?" How snazzy can your business cards be? And while you may hope to start your business right where you live, you might want to consider moving to a more business-friendly city with lower startup costs and more resources. Cities in Oklahoma, Texas, and North Carolina -- among others -- might be calling your [business] name.

Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.)

But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

You're starting a business because you've got some great, new ideas. So how do you protect those ideas once you're in business?

From intellectual property laws to non-disclosure agreements, there are quite a few legal options for protecting trade secrets. Here's how to know which is the right option for a particular product or idea, and which are right for your startup.