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About the LaunchPad Blog

The LaunchPad Blog aims to provide subscribers with important insights and updates relevant to entrepreneurs and the start-up industry. The LaunchPad Blog writers are Leech Tishman attorneys from the Corporate, Intellectual Property, Employment, Immigration, Real Estate, and Taxation groups who specialize in counseling clients on their start-up ventures.

LaunchPad Blog

  1. Five Emerging Medical Research Groups in Pittsburgh Receive $200k in Funding

    By: Francesca M. Schiavone, Esq. Five emerging medical research groups in Pittsburgh have been granted a total of $200,000 in funding, in an effort to transition their ideas into the next stages of development, according to NEXTpittsburgh in their February 12, 2018 article. The funds have been granted under the University of Pittsburgh’s Center …Read More

  2. AlphaLab’s Role in the Growth of Pittsburgh’s Startup Ecosystem

    By: Christopher J. Owens, Esq. In their Feb. 15, 2018 article, GeekWire profiled AlphaLab as a part of their “HQ2” month in Pittsburgh. The article detailed some of the past graduates of the AlphaLab program, AlphaLab’s role in growing Pittsburgh’s startup ecosystem, and the future of innovation in Pittsburgh. GeekWire went in-depth with s…Read More

  3. Case Study: Sexual Harassment Allegations At A Start-Up

    The recent events at BetterWorks Systems, Inc. provide a snapshot of the devastating cost of sexual harassment allegations at a start-up, according to a report from Bloomberg. The CEO of BetterWorks Systems Inc., which makes human resources software, resigned after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging that he had sexually harassed and assaul…Read More

  4. Velocity Robotics wins AlphaLab Gear’s Hardware Cup

    By: Christopher J. Owens, Esq. Velocity Robotics won AlphaLab Gear’s Hardware Cup event on Tuesday, February 6, with their Bluetooth-enabled automated miter saw fence. The event, which Leech Tishman sponsored and which LaunchPad team members attended, was held at Google’s Pittsburgh office and saw six hardware startups pitch their ideas. Befor…Read More

  5. Proofpoint Set to Acquire CMU Cybersecurity Spinout

    By: Francesca M. Schiavone, Esq. Cybersecurity industry leader, Proofpoint, announced on February 6, 2018, that it will acquire Pittsburgh-based firm, Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. ("Wombat"), for $225 million. Wombat, which was founded by Carnegie Mellon University faculty members in 2008, offers awareness training and email filtering soluti…Read More

  6. Save the Date – LaunchPad Business Pitch Competition

    On Thursday, March 8, Leech Tishman and the Launchpad Legal Team will host the first annual business pitch competition. Entrepreneurs will have two minutes to pitch their business plan in front of the judges and attendees.The panel of judges is comprised of prominent local investors.  The winner will receive a “LaunchPad Legal Services Package…Read More

  7. Accelerators’ Role in Startup Success

    By: Christopher J. Owens, Esq. According to a study conducted by Singularity Hub, accelerators are one of the most critical ingredients for startup success. The study found that accelerators are vital to the startup ecosystem due to their ability to provide interconnection between different necessities of startups. Thankfully, Pittsburgh is home t…Read More

  8. Pittsburgh’s 10-Year Growth as a Tech Leader

    By: Francesca M. Schiavone, Esq. Pittsburgh’s progression over the past 10 years into a tech startup hub has been non-linear, but significant, as indicated by Pittsburgh Tech Council President and CEO, Audrey Russo, in her recent article, "10 Years After: A perspective on Pittsburgh's Tech Evolution." Published in PGH TechFuse, the article ad…Read More

  9. Pittsburgh Makes Amazon’s Short List

    By: Christopher J. Owens, Esq. On Thursday, January 18, Amazon announced the top 20 city candidates for its second headquarters location. The list included Pittsburgh, PA. In its release, Amazon detailed its investment in the surrounding Seattle community, including the entrepreneur community. Amazon emphasized that more than half of the items sol…Read More

  10. How to Motivate Your Sales Force

    By: Christopher J. Owens, Esq. The Harvard Business Review  examined the conventional compensation methods used by companies to motivate salespeople.  While there are many methods, executives are often unsure of which models are the most effective.  Based on the results of their experiment, the HBR determined that sales force compensation is an…Read More