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Required Reading 2015 for HarvardLaw74 Startup Clients

Posted by christopher on May 10, 2015


Teaser Article Quote:

“While there is certainly something more admirable, and typically less noxious, about those who innovate ideas and services than those who place bets and structure deals, let’s call it what it is. No matter how fervently techies and entrepreneurs claim they want to “change the world” (see any episode of “Shark Tank”), far fewer of them would be in the disruption game if the potential profits weren’t world-changing as well. The lovable millennial bumblers on “Silicon Valley” may be scruffy and genuinely passionate about coding, but their goal — making money and leveraging power — is quintessentially yuppie, even if their social skills aren’t.” Teddy Wayne, NYTimes OP-ED, 05.10.15

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Kleiner Perkins Gender Discrimintion Goes to Jury on Punitive Damages

Posted by christopher on March 23, 2015

pao“There is sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that Kleiner Perkins engaged in intentional gender discrimination, that Kleiner Perkins acted with malice, fraud or oppression,” wrote Judge Harold Kahn. (source ABA Journal.

I am advising all of my startup clients to pay particular attention to gender discrimination issues that may arise in the workplace, particularly in areas of the company where there is a disproportionate number of male employees.

“”Per this standard, there is sufficient evidence from which a reasonable juror could conclude that Kleiner Perkins engaged in intentional gender discrimination by failing to promote Ms. Pao and terminating her employment,” the judge said in the one-paragraph decision.”

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Fruit Street Health Public Benefit Corporation Progress Report

Posted by christopher on March 23, 2015

As Interim Comptroller and Counsel to Fruit Street, I am thrilled to share the following press release and bring you all up to speed on its progress under Chief Executive Officer Laurence Girard and Dr. Asif Ali.”

NEW YORK, March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Fruit Street Health (Fruit Street), a new digital wellness and telemedicine platform which helps patients live a healthier lifestyle and connects healthcare providers to patients using telemedicine and wearable mobile technologies, today announced that the company was a featured exhibitor at the 64th annual scientific session of the American College of Cardiology.

The conference, which took place in San Diego last weekend, featured Fruit Street as one of the only exhibitors out of 250 that emphasized a focus on lifestyle medicine by combining wearable devices and telehealth video conferencing technology.

This new Fruit Street Wellness Clinic product has been designed specifically for healthcare providers who are looking to monitor the lifestyle of their patients and conduct virtual consultations on Fruit Street’s HIPAA compliant FDA-registered video solution. The solution will also be fully integrated with leading wearable technologies such as FitBit, Withings, Jawbone UP, iHealth Labs, and the upcoming Apple Watch. This will enable clinicians to monitor lifestyle data from their patients such as sleep, exercise, diet, weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose data. The alert system also will send notifications to healthcare providers when patients don’t exercise enough, sleep too little, gain weight, or skimp on their fruit and vegetable intake.
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Hootsuite Mocks its Own Design

Posted by christopher on October 29, 2014

A lesson for startups…and yes, time to look at my own website here.

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My Pop Up Office and Fruit Street Health Gig

Posted by christopher on October 16, 2014


Working on a rainy New York day listening to Bon Iver and The National.

I am pleased to announce my retention at Fruit Street Health, Inc., a funded and exciting Telehealth Startup in San Francisco. Scroll all the way down on the FS About Us page for my bio and appointment. Attorneys get too little repsect

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Oscar Health Startup Slide Show

Posted by christopher on May 7, 2014

I expect to join this month. Will keep you posted. My health tech clients are all for it!

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Brooklyn Tech Triangle, A New Music Video and A Newer Idea

Posted by christopher on March 17, 2014

We are all keeping our eye on the public and private initiatives surrounding the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.

President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Tucker Reed, has in essence, proposed a reverse eminent domain of City owned buildings in Downtown Brooklyn to fuel the area’s need for startup real estate:

“With a footprint of over 1.2 million square feet of commercial space surrounding Cadman Plaza, municipal-owned and occupied buildings such as the Brooklyn Municipal building at 210 Joralemon Street, 65 Court Street and the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse at 271 Cadman Plaza East could be repurposed to create a new urban campus for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as new retail opportunities to activate the ground level experience. By reactivating these assets, government could avoid having to spend additional money to renovate these aging facilities, while modernizing its footprint in newer, more efficient buildings built by partners in the private sector.”

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The New York City Tech Community by Steve Shlafman

Posted by christopher on December 14, 2013

HealthTechAn 108 Slide and Graphic driven presentation that is packed with information and packaged with acute organization.

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Isreali Startups Raise Money and Create Jobs in Silicon Alley Manhattan

Posted by christopher on November 18, 2013

As reported in the Huffington Post:

“It’s estimated that New York’s startup community consists of at least 200 active startups founded by Israelis alone, including Conduit, Taboola, Kaltura and Fiverr. The majority of these Israeli-founded startups have raised at least $10 million in funding each: Conduit raised $110 million, Taboola raked in $40 million, Kaltura $68 million and Fiverr counts $20 million under its belt. With Israel on the fast track to revolutionizing the tech landscape, in the next decade we can expect to see even more cash flowing into Israeli startups – and importantly, their counterparts in NYC.”

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