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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Jul 29, 2020

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

In launching your startup you must consider your intellectual property strategy.

Intellectual property or IP includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. 

You should trademark your company name.

For your technology, you can either file patents or keep it as a trade secret.

If you file patents, you first file a provisional patent which gives you one year to decide if you want to file a full patent.

Half the value of a patent is in raising funding, as investors give you credit for having technology that is substantial enough to protect.

It’s common to file multiple provisional patents and then for the following twelve months consider which patents are going to provide protection against competitors.  

Before the patents expire, you then file for a full patent on the ones you want to keep and you let the others go.

The alternative to patents is keeping trade secrets, in which case there’s no filing required.

If you have trade secrets make clear to prospective investors what value those trade secrets bring to your business.

Those who want to know the trade secrets must sign an NDA or non-disclosure agreement to learn more.

In discussing with prospective investors who have not signed an NDA, talk about the benefits of your trade secrets rather than how they work.  

For example, our trade secrets reduce the cost of product build by 3X. That way you receive credit without having to reveal them.

Thank you for joining us for the Startup Funding Espresso where we help startups and investors connect for funding.

Let’s go startup something today.
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