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The Path to a Patent: 5 Things to Consider

If you are a startup or a solo inventor, you may have thought of applying for a patent as one form of intellectual property protection. This blog post attempts to set forth some very basic concepts of patenting that a startup or a solo inventor must be aware of. Of course, there are many more issues to keep in mind, including whether you should even apply for a patent or go for other forms of protection (trade secret, copyright, etc.). Some scenarios are presented below.

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High School Hackathons Spark Interest in Tech

The Hour of Code is a movement that began in 2013 with the ambitious goal of getting 10 million students coding for an hour during Computer Science Education Week in December. To date over 145 million students have participated in the Hour of Code. Many schools throughout our community have joined in the Hour of Code, setting aside an hour in their school day to give all their students an opportunity to get hands-on with coding.

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Why Charlottesville is a Great Home for Tech Businesses

Charlottesville’s tech community is on the rise. If you’ve ever stopped by this small Virginia town you will have heard of its many accolades: happiest town in America, best place to live in the country, best college town (and the list goes on). But what you might not have known is that Charlottesville is quickly becoming a mini-tech powerhouse. From student entrepreneurs, to startups, to some of the fastest growing tech companies in America, Charlottesville’s tech scene is thriving.

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Charlottesville's Tech Community: Thriving and Thirsty

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my more than 17 years of supporting the tech community in Charlottesville, it’s that intelligent, curious minded people not only enjoy getting together to socialize, collaborate, share ideas and form professional relationships, but that its necessary for their growth and sometimes even their survival. And what better way to do it than over a frothy, adult beverage!

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Simple Cloud Tools for Small Business

There is a short list of things I miss about working for a big corporation, and having back office resources like IT, HR and marketing is at the top.  Now that I run a small, independent professional services firm, we have to solve our own problems.  We fix printers, manage our own schedules, take out the trash...and somewhere in between we find the time to do our real jobs. 

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Fostering Innovation in Professional Settings: ASQ Innovation Conference

Innovation is today where quality management was 25 or 50 years ago. It may be confined to a small group of people in the organization, and their great ideas and useful knowledge may not be well publicized across the organization. Innovation – like quality – needs to engage everyone and be easily accessible for its full benefits to be realized.

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