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Bots and CA’s New Law – Key Takeaways

With increased attention on the development and use of bots, California’s new bot law holds some key takeaways. Most importantly, California is setting an example for other state or national laws, but does it go far enough?   Background of the Law Regulating Bots   On September 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill […]

Startup Creation Weekend – GoVertical

Foundry Law Group has the pleasure of sponsoring the GoVertical ML/AI Startup Creation Weekend, hosted by Madrona Venture Labs and TiE Seattle. About the Event   GoVertical brings together a diverse set of participants with business, software development, and data science backgrounds to pitch ideas, form teams, and compete for final round consideration of the […]

IoT Privacy and Data Security – Impact of New CA Laws

IoT (or Internet of Things) has seen a boom in the past several years. Connected devices such as Alexa or Siri are well known, but many more products feature connected functionality. In general, IoT has been far less understood and far less regulated from a privacy and data security standpoint. This year California has passed […]

Does my startup need Patent or Trade Secret protection on its IP?

One of my favorite responses to any question is: “I guess I’ll have to answer your question with another question.”  It’s probably the reason people generally avoid me at parties, but so often when giving any advice, it makes more sense to leave the decision in the hands of the person with the most intimate […]

What Makes a Good Privacy Notice?

A “Privacy Policy” commonly refers to what is technically a business’ “Privacy Statement” or “Privacy Notice”. The policy is made up of the internal and external protocols, rules, guidelines and steps that a business takes regarding the collection, use, storage and destruction of personally identifying information (PII) and non-personal (aka. “technical”) information. Businesses put a […]

Make it a Policy to Protect Your Business From Privacy Threats

2016 will be remembered as the year that privacy became the buzzword small businesses took notice of. We saw the establishment of the first ever Federal Privacy Council this year, read about numerous data breaches (and maybe even felt the impacts personally), and the US specifically felt the repercussions of the overturning of its data […]

Starting A Food Business: From Soup to Nuts

You’re a good cook. You’ve worked in restaurants your whole life, starting as a dishwasher when you were 16 and you’ve worked your way up. You’ve been a sous chef for a number of years, but you want to make your own menu. You grew up cooking—both your mom and dad enjoy being in the […]

5 Reasons to Work with Foundry, So That Foundry Can Work for You

Recently, I received an email from an existing client. They had interviewed several law firms including several larger ones before deciding to engage with Foundry. They appreciated our experience and approach. They wrote to let me know that their investors have expressed a preference that they work with a larger, more established law firm. This […]

Social Purpose Corporations: Beyond the Profits

Social Purpose Corporations (SPC) are an interesting and (relatively) new corporate form available in Washington State that gives directors and officers the luxury of exploring ways to positively impact their employees, community, and environment, with less fear of repercussions via legal action from angry shareholders.  If you are starting a company that has one of […]