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Lean Legal

  • WeWork - Wonderbread Factory 641 S St NW Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)

July's session is all about protection, protecting yourself and your organization from the pitfalls that face all organizations. But, doing so in the Lean way! 

We'll hear from Sterling Ashby about the many legal tactics you will need throughout the life of your business, but perhaps *more importantly* you'll hear about some key principles on *when* to use them, when is *too late*, and when is *too early*! Save time and money by knowing your "Lean Legal Roadmap”.  

Then we’ll hear from James Zak about the differences between Copyrights, Trademarks, Provisional Patents, and full Patents.  Successfully going lean with patents is very critical for the survival of a startup and it can be done.  However, it takes a cooperative effort on the part of the attorney and the startup and a lot of communication between the two.  It also requires a lot of restraint and self control by both parties.

We’ll wrap up the evening with David Rosenberg, who’s going to talk about money, and Lean Startup budgets.  Leverage the experience of those who came before you, and plan for expenses at each stage of your business.  You’ll walk out with a worksheet for mapping out your financial future.

We look forward to seeing you in July!

Pete, Ben, & Tony 

About the presenters:

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Sterling Ashby, is an attorney in private practice in Washington, D.C. His legal practice has primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, procurement, commercial lending, regulatory and other corporate matters.  He has provided a broad range of corporate and transactional legal services for large corporations, local and federal government agencies and emerging companies.  His work has been primarily focused in the IT, energy, banking and government contracting arenas.  Mr. Ashby earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, following an M.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. from Lehigh University in Industrial Engineering. 

James Zak has served as in-house patent counsel for a medical device startup and as outside counsel for various other startups.  He has also represented large international companies, repairing the patent mistakes of acquired startups.  From these endeavors James developed a “learn, then pivot or patent / protect” philosophy to patent and intellectual property protection.  He currently is an associate with Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP in Roslyn , Virginia .  

David Rosenberg is getting ready to launch Budget Referee, a personal budgeting solution. He has 30 years operations and financial management experience.Budget Referee delivers individuals and households a realistic spending solution to achieve a higher degree of financial comfort. This low-maintenance web-based service generates regular forecasts and makes adjustments to your budget. It’s an interactive household spending plan with supporting action steps. Budget Referee keeps you accountable on your terms with minimal effort and time from you. 

About our location:

WeWork is so much more than an office space. WeWork is concentrated on helping you with the resources that matter most.  WeWork knows that you need super fast Internet, conference rooms and coffee, but that’s just the beginning. Each of their communities has unique amenities like Xbox lounges, movie screening theaters, recording studios, relaxation rooms, and production suites.

WeWork has also lined up great benefits and perks with companies such as AWS, TriNet, Uber, Rackspace, AFI Benefits, One Medical Group, Elance, Stack Overflow, Zipcar, New York Sports Club, Seatgeek, ZenPayroll, General Assembly, Silvercar, and many more.

WeWork has transformed the former Wonder Bread Factory into a vibrant workspace for DC’s entrepreneurs. This beautiful renovated building is complete with an outdoor balcony and sits in the heart of the U Street Corridor–a collective center for music, food and Victorian-era homes.