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Startup Impersonation...this is a real thing?

A handful of times this year, and twice in as many months, a company has tried to impersonate us by setting up a similar domain in a bid to apply for funding, accelerators, and other growth programs.

Wondering if others here are similarly impacted and have taken remedies other than the standard TM cease and desist?
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Janelle HindsHow were you finding out about it and could you ever trace who they were?

6 hours ago
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Harpaul SambhiIn short: you likely have 99 other problems; and this shouldn't be one. Long: I had a similar issue, and sent a quick note to the people to kindly reconsider. The reality is anything beyond a C&D letter (if at that) would be a waste. Start-ups should put that money and attention to other pressing issues. If you are networking correctly, all investors would know who you are.

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Daniel WhitefieldJanelle, we're typically contacted by the association during due diligence to find our exact site under a different domain.

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Michael MahonCIX Nov 21-22 I beleive

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Will PateDrinks with me 😎

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Michael TippettThanks Michael.

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Citizenziggy EsQobarso close =(

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Hi guys, my start-up just got our first client and I'm looking for a lawyer/law firm to help whip up a contract.

We are selling software as well as hardware.

Any good reliable law firms to suggest? I can do KW/Toronto.
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Mark EvansRob Hyndman - does lots of business with startups.

7 hours ago   ·  3
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Aram MelkoumovJames Smith from LaBarge Weinstein. Email: [email protected]

7 hours ago   ·  5
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Jodi EchakowitzConnect with Steven Pulver at Caravel Law.

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Amanda ParkerYC's agreements are pretty good especially for pilots or <$100k deals in the early days. www.ycombinator.com/docs/YC_Form_SaaS_Agreement.doc

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Adam BercoviciToba Cooper is great if you need any help!

6 hours ago   ·  1
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Anson WangThanks for the replies guys!

5 hours ago   ·  1
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Dominic BortolussiTalk to Rajah and the good peeps at cobaltcounsel.com/ Plenty experience with startups.

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Matt HimelGreat guy to connect with: www.knpc.ca/

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David CrowThe list of pure unadulterated awesome, in no particular order: * Rob Hyndman from Hyndman Law * Suzie Dingwall Williams from Venture Law Associates LLP * Chad Bayne from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt * Rubsun Ho, Steven Pulver, Joe Milstone from Caravel Law * James Smith and the team from Laberge * Colin Ground from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP * Andre Garber from Dentons

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Kelly McGregorIf you're involved with Velocity (you appear to be from uw), there's a lawyer/advisor who has done some work for us that we are happy with and she offers free to cheap rates for velocity companies. Email me at [email protected] and I'll refer you.

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I'm looking for software to help automate user on-boarding. Our on-boarding is complicated so I want to be able to include a combination of activities. Ideally something that can track a user's progress along a series of pre-defined steps (e.g. watch this video, fill out this web form, watch another video, complete this configuration step, etc.) Suggestions? ... See MoreSee Less

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Preet Arjun SinghRohan's startup is working on solving this problem I guess! - Qrtrmstr

23 hours ago   ·  1
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Rohan NairHaha thanks Preet. Hi Shaun, we're totally doing that! I'll send you my email in a PM. CC: Rahman Kanani

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Kamil RextinThere's some libraries that you can use I think... Can't remember them off the top of my head

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John James ZupancicNot sure if Intro.js is powerful enough but I know some startups that have used it.

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Daniel RobertsYou should consider intercom.io. They are the best user communication and onboarding tool I have used.

22 hours ago
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Bijan VaezFor strictly onboarding you can use AppCues.com but we're giving Pendo.io a spin as well to track a lot of those metrics during the process

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Alastair Jarvistrychameleon.com + intercom.io

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Wes WilsonI found kissmetrics really super easy to setup to track funnels and progression steps... because their interface is mad easy to do and/or metrics

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David CrowChartMogul had a good guide. blog.chartmogul.com/a-guide-to-saas-customer-onboarding/ Appcues has another www.appcues.com/user-onboarding-academy There is Joyride from jQuery that does on screen walkthroughs but is not complete without additional asynchronous messaging and engagement (probably Intercom) zurb.com/playground/jquery-joyride-feature-tour-plugin On my list but not used: www.trychameleon.com/

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Curious to hear different perspectives on founding narrative and the need to remain stealth.

Where do you draw the line between iterative alpha/beta/production launches vs launching out of stealth?
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Okay folks, how many of you have gotten the Google Cloud chromebook pitch? We got the package below, I'm guessing a bunch of you did, too. It's not a new trick, give people a thing to make their reciprocity circuits light up and give you something back. Gimmicky, sure, but I'm sure Google knows their cost of acquisition very well.

The gimmick in this case, though, is a chromebook that is almost certainly underpowered relative to what your teams are using at work, and yet would be transformative for folks who don't have a machine of their own. We pinged Melissa Sariffodeen and she confirmed that Ladies Learning Code can definitely use them.

If you have one of these things sitting around, too, can I suggest you consider sending it their way? If it's easier, drop it off at the Hubba offices and Ben Zifkin or I will sort out hand off.
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Janelle HindsWhat exactly is gimmicky about it?

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Ryan MarrInteresting timing for this post. They've been down all morning. status.cloud.google.com/incident/compute/16017

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