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  • Your Ownership & Rights - IP For Startup Founders

    • Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11:30 AM
    • Virtual
    A panel of IP experts will review a range of IP law issues and will guide startup companies as to what actions they should be taking.
    About this Event

    Founders and principals of startup companies have to make some critical decisions and take important steps regarding their intellectual property (“IP”). They need to ensure that the company properly owns and/or has rights to its computer code, content, and website materials. In addition, they need to determine whether the company is allowed to use its brand for its products and services. Furthermore, they need to understand whether the company is properly protecting its inventions and trade secrets. Additionally, they need to protect against past employers of a current employee contesting the company’s IP. All of this comes up in due diligence with investors, which could adversely affect financing, valuation, execution of the business plan and, ultimately, the exit.

    In this session, a panel of IP experts will review a range of IP law issues and will guide startup companies as to what actions they should be taking at the earliest stages to avoid IP problems down the road. It will also include a session of virtual networking and time for Q&A.

    Panel Leader:

    Event Agenda:

    11:30 am - 12:00 pm - Open Networking

    12:00 - 1:00 pm - VC Panel Conversation

    1:00 - 1:30 pm - Networking

    Panel Leader:

    Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

    As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.


    Ted Sabety, Principal Attorney, Sabety+associates, PLLC

    Sabety+associates, PLLC is an Intellectual Property law firm that understands innovative technology and electronic media businesses and the creative people that drive their success. Our law practice focuses on businesses whose primary assets are advanced technology, software, creative works, and digital media. Whether patents, trademarks or copyrights, IT infrastructure or electronic content distribution, Sabety +associates has done deals, conducted litigation and procured IP registrations for clients around the world. Clients value our inter-disciplinary and strategic approach arising from Ted Sabety’s experience as a digital engineering and media pioneer. Ted knows technology!

    Jessica R. Friedman, Of Counsel, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC 

    Jessica R. Friedman (Yale Law School 1984, Princeton University 1981) has practiced copyright, trademark, media and licensing law in New York City for over 30 years. Among the matters Ms. Friedman handles are content, data and technology development and licensing agreements, publishing agreements for authors and publishers, collaboration agreements, literary agency agreements, media agency agreements, MSA’s and other commercial contracts, as well as online and mobile app privacy policies and terms of use. She also conducts fair use and work-for-hire analyses, domestic and international trademark clearance/prosecution/licensing/policing, and prepublication reviews of manuscripts for libel and other legal issues, and she handles other matters related to the rights of privacy and publicity. In an earlier life as a litigation associate, she represented clients in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, and for 14 years, she served as part-time general counsel to a healthcare communications company.

    We work hard to keep these programs free thanks to your community support. Please make a small contribution today at

  • The Economic Benefits of 5G

    City & State and Crown Castle present "The Economic Benefits of 5G." Panelists will open by discussing what 5G is and how, once fully deployed, it will impact almost every aspect of modern life. They will address frequently asked questions about 5G – including, but not limited to, the technology necessary to make it a success, health and safety concerns as well as widely debunked conspiracy theories. The panel will then turn its attention to the power of 5G to help New York in its post-pandemic recovery, with a particular focus on both education and healthcare. Topics for discussion will include the potential for revenue generation and job creation by investing in 5G, as well as the existing roadblocks – policy and otherwise – that are standing in the way of realizing these benefits.

  • As a consultant, coach or professional service provider, you know how frustrating it can be to establish credibility when the bar to entry for your field is so low. You want to attract high-ticket, rewarding clients, but find yourself lumped together with every other service provider who also claims to be an “expert”.

    In addition to being demoralizing, this can cause you to cut your rates, or end up taking on clients that don’t bring fulfillment just to stay afloat. For professional service organizations, this can also lead to churn and difficulty attracting top-tier talent.

    But, what if prospects came to you instead? That’s the point of authority marketing.

    Authority marketing is a multifaceted approach that includes personal branding, content marketing, public relations, speaking, and lead generation. But, you don’t need a huge following or years of experience to leverage authority marketing. You just need to have valuable knowledge -- based on your target audience -- and share it using techniques and channels that others in your industry aren’t properly utilizing.

    This is by no means a hack. It’s going to be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be confusing.

    During this workshop we’ll cover the actions, tools and mindset needed to deploy authority marketing. You’ll leave with a clear understanding of how you can attract more clients, and charge higher rates, based on who you are, not just what you do.


    • Leverage the seven pillars of authority marketing to grow your brand and revenue
    • Activate your internal knowledge experts to attract pre-qualified prospects
    • Land public speaking opportunities including podcasts, webinars and in-person events
    • Authentically stand out, even in a competitive market
    • Get out of your own way by expressing your zone of genius through speaking engagements, social media, articles, podcasts and video
  • ERA BIPOC Founders Night (3/2)

    Join ERA to celebrate NYC’s vibrant and diverse founder community. Learn from a panel discussion featuring some of NYC’s top founders and investors, and apply for the opportunity to pitch your startup.

    ERA invests $100K in seed funding with the potential for follow-on funding and gives entrepreneurs access to NYC’s largest mentor network of 500+ industry leaders and the strongest alumni network of 226+ companies. 
    Application Deadline: April 26, 2021; Program Start Date: June 21st

  • Shanisha’s Changing Lives, Inc. will be hosting a Stock 101 workshop exclusively for the General Assembly community. We intend to get over 500 people investing in the stock market this year totaling over $1 million dollars invested as a community.

    What You’ll Take Away: Learn the fundamentals of investing in the stock market and building a solid financial portfolio.

    Why It Matters: Considering the times that we are in with federal interest rates at an all-time low, inflation threatens the growth potential of our money. If our money does not grow at rates higher than inflation currently approximately 2% our money will lose value. According to Forbes “46% of Americans ages 18-29 do NOT have a retirement plan at all, along with 26% ages 30-44”. Additionally, says “ security should last until 2037”; this means if you were born in 1990 you will be 47 years young and gearing up for retirement. If most employers aren’t offering retirement plans and social security is cut, what position will our Gen X-ers and Millennials become at retirement? It is time for us to take control of our financial future and this will be your first step. Understanding the fundamentals of market investing and why you need to be in it to win it!
    Learn about the 5 different types of investing.
    Understand fundamental and technical analysis
    Be able to choose/enter into the most profitable stocks/ETF, and more.

  • March 2021 NY Tech Meetup

    • Tuesday, March 09, 2021 at 05:30 PM
    • Virtual


    Join us for the next NY Tech Meetup on Tuesday, March 9th at 5:30 pm.

    We have a great program ready for you showcasing amazing companies and their tech. 

    Plus, we will be using the Airmeet platform ( to provide a great networking environment for everyone to connect! Come early to network, enjoy the program, then stay for some more networking. We look forward to seeing you there!

    5:30 PM - Networking (on Airmeet)
    6:00 PM - Program Begins
    7:00 PM - Program Ends/ More Networking (on Airmeet)

    We work hard to keep these programs free thanks to your community support. Please make a small contribution today at

  • Entrepreneurs Roundtable 151 (3/9)

    Join ERA on 3/9 and apply for the opportunity to pitch your company and get feedback from our featured guest VC. Applications are open for ERA’s Summer 2021 Accelerator Program! Apply Today:

    ERA invests $100K in seed funding with the potential for follow-on funding and gives entrepreneurs access to NYC’s largest mentor network of 500+ industry leaders and the strongest alumni network of 226+ companies. 
    Application Deadline: April 26, 2021; Program Start Date: June 21st

  • Buying a home is the best way for the everyday person to build wealth. Every time you make a mortgage payment, a portion of the payment goes towards your repayment of the loan, which is your principal payment and acts as a silent saving. And the other portion goes towards the interest, which is the monthly amount the bank is charging you to borrow the money. Over time, the more money that’s applied to the principle, the more you are building equity, which increases your net worth, and which you can borrow against to fund your future endeavors or cash in when you sell your property.


    • Preparing for homeownership
    • Understanding credit
    • Mortgage loan basics
    • How much will a lender loan to you
    • Shopping for the right lender
  • Work-Bench is excited to welcome Jeff Lawson, Co-Founder & CEO of Twilio, for a fireside chat on "Unleashing Rapid Growth with a Developer Mindset."

    Jeff founded the cloud communications platform in 2008 and took the company public in 2016. Now, Twilio is among the world’s five fastest growing tech companies with a valuation that has tripled since March 2020, with more than 200K customers, 8 million developers, and over $2B in ARR.

    Jeff has developed a unique playbook on how to tap the full potential of software developers at Twilio, and will dive into:

    - Why do developers matter more than ever?
    - How do you create a developer-led culture?
    - How do you attract and retain top talent in today's competitive environment?
    - How can developers help you make better decisions and close customers?

    ​We'll also feature an enterprise startup demo from Elizabeth Lawler, Co-Founder and CEO of AppLand. AppLand helps organizations keep their software architecture aligned, clean, and secure through application observability and analysis tools purpose built for developers.

  • This session is part of GA's Womxn at Work, a virtual conference of free workshops, panel discussions, and interactive events aimed to elevate and celebrate womxn professionals in tech and business.

    Join General Assembly and the thelighthouse for a career conversation with Fawn Qiu, Product at Linkedin, TED Speaker, Podcast Host, and Product Management Instructor.
    In this conversation, we will cover:
    Her career story and how she got to where she is today
    How she navigated a career from consulting to ed tech to product management
    Life as a Product Manager, how to break in, and how to grow a career in this space
    General career advice around career planning and strategy

    The goal of this event is to have a candid career conversation and hear actionable and relatable advice, resources, and insights that you can apply to your own career.