Archive for November, 2012

Founder vs. Co-Founders??

Posted on November 26th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

I’ve been doing LOTS of reading and research lately on startups and I must admit while it may seem ‘obvious’ many article and entrepreneurs suggest that the co-founder model provides balance for improved startup success. Moreover, I’ve seen a few accelerator programs that require not only at least two co-founders, but one of the co-founders MUST BE an engineer!

We all know of famous co-founders such as Bill Gates & Paul Allen; Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak; Larry Page & Sergey Brin; Bill Hewlett & Dave Packard, etc. and I personally am ALL about surrounding yourself with an extraordinary team and getting the “best of the best” for each area where you need to succeed! Therefore, I agree with the statement that the co-founder model provides for improved startup success…

While I did not have a co-founder at my digital marketing agency of 15 years (I did have an outstanding team though!!!) I do have co-founders at Angel Dough Ventures and two other of my latest ventures and I will admit, besides someone else “having skin in the game,” when you find the ‘RIGHT’ co-founder(s) who compliments your skills/knowledge it makes the experience that much more enjoyable!!!

I know, I know, easier said than done which is why I want to try to help and share the following Co-Founder Resources with you:

FounderSoup.com
Founder2be.com
CoFoundersLab.com
Cofounder.us
TechCoFounder.com
FoundersHookup.com

Let me know your thoughts on Founder vs. Co-Founder!!

Thanks,
@AndrewHazen

GiftBasket.com Sells for $350,000

Posted on November 20th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

‘Tis the season to be selling domain names as FindYourDomain.com has published on its website that it sold GiftBasket.com for $350,000

This is fantastic name and a wonderful sale for BOTH the seller and the buyer in my opinion.

@AndrewHazen

Long Island Entrepreneurs: Come Out, Come Out Wheverever You Are!

Posted on November 13th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

As published today in Long Island Business News
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Long Islanders looking to cash in on their good ideas but unsure of how to do so have a new resource to help them out.

A new special interest group, created by Angel Dough Ventures founder Andrew Hazen in conjunction with the Long Island Software and Technology Network, will aid would-be entrepreneurs with information and guidance on business formation, product/service development, funding and marketing.

All advice will be provided by local entrepreneurs like Hazen who have successfully brought their ideas to market, as well as experts from other fields such as law.

Hazen said it’s his hope the special interest group helps to create a series of new startup companies in the region.

The group’s first meeting is at 8 a.m. on Dec. 11 at the offices of Uniondale-based Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and there are already over 50 people signed-up to attend.

For more information please visit www.LIstartups.com
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Hope to see you there!!
@AndrewHazen
@LIStartups

Man Has Made First Amendment Challenge in Domain Name Dispute

Posted on November 7th, 2012 by AndrewHazenCom  |  No Comments »

LegalNewsline is reporting that The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has sent back to district court a Texas attorney’s constitutional challenge to the State of Texas’ attempt to deny him use of his website’s domain name.

John Gibson maintains a website under the domain name “TexasWorkersCompLaw.com.” In February 2011, Gibson received a cease and desist letter from the Texas Department of Insurance, Department of Workers Compensation, which alleged that his use of the words “Texas” and “Workers’ Comp” in the domain name of his website violated Sec. 419.002 of the Texas Labor Code.

The Court of Appeals agreed with the district court and affirmed the dismissal of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment claims. However, it found some merit in Gibson’s First Amendment challenge.

“The United States Supreme Court has recognized that commercial speech is protected by the First Amendment… However, the Constitution… accords a lesser protection to commercial speech than to other constitutionally guaranteed expression,” wrote Judge Edith Brown Clement in the Fifth Circuit’s “as-applied” analysis.

Gibson argued that his website did more than just propose a commercial transaction and thus should have more than the protection afforded commercial speech, and the Court agreed that it might. But, the Court said, “the domain name may nevertheless be considered commercial speech if“ it is an advertisement of some form, it refers to a specific product, and the speaker has an economic motivation for the speech.”

Because the issue of whether a domain name is commercial speech or “a more vigorously protected form of speech” is a new issue, the Court wrote, “This is an issue we need not reach or decide in this appeal without a record of all of the surrounding facts and circumstances involving the website’s domain name.”

You can read the entire article here

@AndrewHazen