Legal Limitations on Innovation
H1B visas. Non-competes. IP Lawsuits. Patent Pools. This panel explores the legal challenges of innovation in today's regulatory environment. Speakers will discuss the current state of regulatory limbo in which entrepreneurs operate and the reforms needed to unleash the potential of millions of innovators.
Panel Leader: Jeff Busgang
General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
Jeff is a former entrepreneur (Upromise, Open Market) who focuses on the consumer, marketing services, e-commerce, software and mobile start-up markets. On the side, he serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School where he teaches a class on entrepreneurship and lean start-ups called Launching Technology Ventures and has co-authored ten HBS cases. In 2010, he wrote and published a book, Mastering the VC Game, as a guide for understanding the venture capital. Jeff also currently sits on the board of MITX, the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange and is a Founding Executive Committee Member of First Growth Venture Network, a network of venture and angel investors supporting entrepreneurs building companies in the New York area.
Jeff holds a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar and a Ford Scholar.
Jeff is an outspoken leader in the industry with regards to immigration and non-compete reform. For more info, see the articles below:
Panelist: C.A. Webb
Executive Director, New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA)
CynthiaAnn ("C.A.") Webb is Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association. She is a passionate supporter of the startup community, working to make New England the best place in the world to start and grow new companies.
An Atlanta native, C.A. began her career as a brand manager for Fast Company, working closely with magazine co-founders Bill Taylor and Alan Webber prior to Bertelsmann's $350 million acquisition. She built entrepreneurial development programs at Boston Collegiate Charter School and Trinity Boston Foundation, then played a strategic marketing role for Whole Foods Market private label group, and ran marketing at Preserve, a leading maker of design driven, sustainable household products. She later served as Director of Marketing at Care.com (NASDAQ: CRCM) during that company's startup phase.
C.A. serves on the board of the Kendall Square Association and is a member of the development committee at the Community Charter School of Cambridge. She is a founding member of Sprout Lenders investing in local farmers and food entrepreneurs, and speaks frequently on venture-related topics including innovation, entrepreneurship, and the shifting role of women in technology and venture capital.
C.A. earned her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College, and her MBA at the Simmons School of Management, and now lives in Cambridge with her husband, Michael, and daughter Georgia.
Panelist: Tom Erickson
Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members during 2008. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had been Chief Products Officer.
As he has done throughout a 30+ year career in enterprise software, Tom is focused on driving customer success and business strategy at Acquia. Tom also leads the unique blending of open source, digital agency and enterprise software backgrounds, fostering a culture which he perpetuates through extensive travel to the 11 countries and 5 US offices from which Acquia currently operates.
At Acquia, Tom has guided the company to exponential growth based on a fanatical commitment to customers. Deloitte named Acquia the fastest growing private company in their 2013 Technology Fast 500. In 2012, Acquia was named the fastest growing software company in the USA in the Inc 500 list of private companies and received the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Private Company of the Year award. Prior to Tele Atlas, Tom was the CEO of SOA Governance leader Systinet, where revenue grew 5x in the 18 months prior to the sale of the company to Mercury Interactive. Tom led webMethods’ international growth from 2000-2004 at a CAGR of 90% in what was arguably one of the toughest periods for enterprise software ever.
Tom began his career in technical roles after graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a BS Honors degree in electrical and computer engineering.
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Panelist: Rich Sanders
CEO & Co-Founder, PatentLink
Prior to co-founding PatentLink, Rich Sanders was a Partner at Cooley LLP, where he was a co-founding partner, and lead Patent Litigation Partner, of Cooley LLP's Boston office. For nearly 20 years, he specialized in representing individuals and companies in patent litigation and in licensing, technology and life sciences partnering disputes. Rich routinely advised domestic and foreign clients from around the world on all aspects of U.S. patent conflicts, including litigation risk management, pre-litigation analysis and assessment, patent infringement and validity analyses, and negotiated dispute resolution, and represented his clients in federal court and International Trade Commission proceedings, mediations and arbitrations across the United States.
In addition to PatentLink, Rich is also CEO of Callwave Communications, LLC. Callwave, originally founded in 1998 (previously NASDAQ: CALL), is now an intellectual property company with over 60 patents in fields of internet, wireline and wireless telephony; e-commerce; and security.
RIch also has been involved in assessing and analyzing his clients' and adversaries' patent licensing and enforcement programs, and has lectured worldwide on Patent Litigation Risk Management and Mitigation, including in Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom, India and Japan. Rich has been profiled in the press on numerous occasions, and has appeared on CNBC World as an expert on advising businesses on U.S. patent litigation, dispute resolution, and risk management and mitigation.
Rich was voted by his peers as a Best Lawyer in America in Technology Law in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He has B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from McGill University, and B.C.L. and LL.B. law degrees, with honors, from McGill University Faculty of Law. Mr. Sanders is admitted to practice before numerous courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.