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Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

Joe Medved Crunch Network Contributor Joe Medved is partner of SoftBank Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. More posts by this contributor: How to join the network One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. …

A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of mass consumption and distribution, but most consumers still purchased physical media. And while the record industry was aware of piracy online, the threat seemed minimal. Then came Napster. The music industry tried to …