By Traklight on March 7, 2017
You never want to infringe on trademarks. In addition to being a legal violation, it seems doubtful that any business would want to be viewed as unoriginal. So what happens if your business creates something that is slightly similar to an item that has already been trademarked? Fair use applies to trademarks as much as it does to copyrights. But you still have to be very careful or you could end up dealing with complicated legal issues. Descriptive Use for Ordinary Words A business might want to use a particular term for a product that sounds similar to another trademarked name, yet might be so common that it falls under fair use. This pertains to ordinary names and using the name of a real ... Read more
By Makersource Admin on March 1, 2017
Bob from MakerSource, talks to Michael Corr from Durolabs in our first ever remote podcast! Michael talks about how to get your product design ready for manufacturing.
By Traklight on February 21, 2017
The best way to make sure that you are handling the tasks you need to is to come up with a plan or strategy. Relying on your memory or some hastily scribbled notes that might not make sense the next day isn't the best way to methodically run a business or any enterprise. And given the amount of things you have to do, a haphazard approach to your work is bound to lead to things being forgotten. That considered approach is equally important when considering your business' intellectual property (IP). As we say time and time again, every business has IP, whether you think you do or not; it isn't something restricted to inventors and their patents. But most businesses fail to heed ... Read more
By Makersource Admin on February 14, 2017
Bob and Eric from MakerSource talk to startup founder Tim Holladay about his startup journey in creating his company Crowd Mics. Crowd Mics gives the audience a voice at live events by turning any phone into a microphone.
By Traklight on February 7, 2017
No one likes to think about, much less tackle, the potentially tedious tasks that come with the responsibilities of life. That's why so many of us put off doing our taxes or going to the DMV. Often there are things that are more pressing, and if you're honest with yourself, you really don't want to do it, even though you know you're going to have to eventually. Procrastination is easy, especially when you're the driving force of your business. You should be out there leading your employees or dreaming up the next project! But small details matter, especially when they can become big problems. There are a few key areas to mind to prevent disaster. Employment laws You ... Read more
By on February 6, 2017
Hello MakerSource Community! I’m Bob, you don’t know me yet, but you will. I’m on the MakerSource team and working like crazy to turn MakerSource into THE place to help you find the resources you need to idea to market (or launch your startup), find useful content for whatever you’re working on, or just collaborate with like-minded individuals. We recognize that any community is only as strong as its members and that’s why we want to highlight the awesome things our members are doing. Each month, we’ll reach out to a member of the MakerSource community for a feature we’re calling “Maker of the Month”. This is our first installment and I&r... Read more
By Dayna Badhorn on January 27, 2017
At CES, I had the opportunity to sit through the “Fundraising: From Angel to Series A” session given by Techstars. I decided to try and capture some of the questions and answers to help the community out on funding. The panel at CES was made up of: Cody Simms; Executive Director, Techstars Jenny Fielding; Managing Director, Techstars Ryan McIntyre; Managing Director, Foundry Group Hamet Watt; Board Partner, Foundry Group Nicole Quinn; Partner, Lightspeed Jon Goldman; Venture Partner, Greycroft Some tips from the panel: Do your research . Before you reach out to a funding partner, research what type of companies they invest in – who is in their portfolio. Find out the indust... Read more