Advisory Board Series: Dan Tyre

Daniel_TyreDan Tyre is a tireless member of our Advisory Board, and always willing to give 30 minutes of his valuable time when our CEO or COO need some guiding advice. We met Dan late one Friday afternoon in our offices last year – luckily we were still hard at work! Who knew that Hubspot Employee #6 was walking the halls and would be willing to sit on our Advisory Board?

So many connections and leads are tied back to Dan’s introductions or ideas, and his support always seems to come at the right moment. Mary met with Dan recently in Boston, and over dinner, popped these questions on him…to which he was happy to answer!

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Samsung enters 10 year patent pacts with Cisco Systems and Google

kote-puerto-ILQoiHMJMME-unsplashSue me once, shame on you; sue me twice, shame on me. After having been found guilty of patent infringement on more than one occasion in the recent past, Samsung has finally realized it needs a change in strategy. After shelling out a billion dollars to Apple and now being sued by Rockstar, an industry consortium, for infringing Nortel patents, Samsung has started to take preemptive measures. In the race for tech domination, it is very easy to step on other people’s toes as a lot of today’s technology is overlapping. Next thing you know, you’re slapped with a patent infringement suit and there goes a cool billion down the drain.

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Traklight to Sponsor LAUNCH Festival 2014

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In three days time, two Trakers – our Founder and CEO, Mary Juetten; and our COO Jill Howard Allen – will represent us in San Francisco at the 7th annual LAUNCH Festival 2014. The LAUNCH Festival, founded by serial entrepreneur and journalist Jason Calacanis in 2010, has been described as “the best place to launch your company, raise money, and learn about building great startups. We are proud to sponsor this annual event in which 40 new companies launch on stage in front of more than 8,000 people. Additionally, we are very excited to share that Mary will host a workshop on good practices for safe crowdfunding (we’ll see you on the Main Stage at 1pm!).

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Fair Use, Trademarks, and the “Dumb” Starbucks Coffee Stunt

jakub-dziubak-XtUd5SiX464-unsplashTrademarks can have their complications sometimes, particularly in dealing with the problem of infringement by others. In the world of parody, trademark fair use is still a hot button topic that comes up at times as comedians go after popular properties in pop culture. We saw one of the most daring recently with the comedian who went to the trouble to start a Starbucks coffee shop with the word “Dumb” before the iconic title.

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Random Musings From LAUNCH Festival 2014

EmpowerWith over 8,000 attendees, 40 newly launched companies, and 3 days of non-stop action, the LAUNCH Festival in San Fransico has provided lots of networking and learnings. I have not attended a startup event in the Bay Area before and it has been an extremely fun time. You really can feel the energy and passion from the presentors and the attendees. Here are a few of my random observations:

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Top 3 “Did That Just Happen?!” Stories from LAUNCH

ChairsOnBuildingAs you may have been reading from our previous blogs, Jill and I attended LAUNCH festival 2014. And although conferences are incredibly resourceful opportunities, they can be overwhelming at times. In that sense, having a little humor is key to helping you get through the long days and uncomfortable situations that are bound to occur. That being said, what follows are our top three funny stories experienced whilst we were in San Francisco for the LAUNCH festival.

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