Peter Smith

Making your intangibles, tangible. Part 1: Copyrights.

  In this four part series, we’re discussing how to increase the value of your company by better quantifying and protecting your company’s intellectual property rights. An investor or prospective buyer (or anyone else interested in your company’s true value) will inevitably ask a simple question: what’s to stop a third party from simply copying …

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How can I increase the value of my business? Making your intangibles, tangible.

About two months ago at the “Hot Topics in Business Law” CLE put on by the King County Bar Association, I was immediately struck by what a fellow speaker, Todd Tarbert, had to say: “If you want a more valuable business, make your intangibles, tangible.” Simple and brilliant. Todd and his company, Murphy Business and …

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“The Way We Think About Charity is Dead Wrong” by Dan Pallotta

Many people have a misconception about fundraising costs and charitable giving.  Too many donors ask to see the numbers on a charity’s overhead and how much of their donated dollar will be spent “on the ground” without also asking about the overall impact of an organization.  This thinking, among other myopic views about charity, is …

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Online Charitable Solicitations: 4 Tips for Using the “Donate Here” Button

Your shiny new non-profit website is up and running and – like most tax-exempt organizations – you want to be able to solicit charitable donations from American philanthropists! First thing’s first, you have to make a page telling people all the ways they can donate with contact information. The common donations non-profits ask for are …

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Nonprofits: How to Shield Your Volunteers from Personal Liability

You’ve put in the fundraising leg work for your nonprofit. Along the way, you’ve probably convinced a number of people to volunteer for your organization and cause. Now, with money in hand and a workforce to deploy, you’re ready to apply your organizational force out in the world! BUT WAIT! Did you know that the …

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What Every Lawyer Should Know about Corporate Structure: Professional Business Entities in Washington State.

I was recently asked to speak about the corporate practice of law to the King County Bar Association solo and small firm section.  The aim was to educate section members about the different business entities available to attorneys.  This blog post summarizes that presentation and explains the benefits of focusing on the business side of practicing …

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The Importance of Understanding Bylaws and Operating Agreements

One of the most common questions coming from start up companies revolves around what corporate governance documents are needed upon formation. Whether you are incorporating as a limited liability company (an “LLC”) or a Corporation, you need to take the time to put together and understand the initial corporate governance for your company, to ensure …

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Salesforce.com relinquishes Trademark application for “Social Enterprise”; What you Can Do to Protect a Phrase that Defines a Movement.

Salesforce is a global company worth billions. They have a large share of their target market and their signs of growth don’t show signs of slowing. As they continue to expand their services and as more integration solutions for systems like HubSpot are released (Click Here to find out more about this), their grasp on …

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Social Entrepreneurship Articles and an Event for the Week of Sept. 9, 2012

  I’ve recently come across a couple of interesting articles that I felt were worth sharing with the community.  Also, there’s an event on the SPC this week that some of you may consider attending: 1. The Truth about Ben and Jerry’s Widely used as the impetus for the benefit corporation, there was more going on …

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