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Computerlaw Group LLP (www.computerlaw.com) provides strategic, knowledgeable, and effective business and intellectual property protection, licensing and litigation services to Internet, e-commerce, computer software, hardware and other high-tech businesses, teams and industry professionals throughout California, nationally and around the world. CLG produces THE VALLEY CURRENT as a way to keep its worldwide clients, co-counsels, colleagues, and friends aware of developments in Silicon Valley and beyond.

THE VALLEY CURRENT®️ COMPUTERLAW GROUP LLP Computer Law Group

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Computerlaw Group LLP (www.computerlaw.com) provides strategic, knowledgeable, and effective business and intellectual property protection, licensing and litigation services to Internet, e-commerce, computer software, hardware and other high-tech businesses, teams and industry professionals throughout California, nationally and around the world. CLG produces THE VALLEY CURRENT as a way to keep its worldwide clients, co-counsels, colleagues, and friends aware of developments in Silicon Valley and beyond.

    The Valley Current®: Do Prediction Markets Offer Less Uncertainty?

    The Valley Current®: Do Prediction Markets Offer Less Uncertainty?

    Can political prediction markets act as a better analyst than polls and pundits? In prediction markets where people bet real money on election outcomes, Donald Trump’s odds of winning another term spiked at 66% following his assassination attempt while Joe Biden’s sunk to 25%. In fact, the markets suggest it is increasingly probable that Biden will not even secure the Democratic nomination! Similar to polls, it is possible that prediction markets can be manipulated and not capture the full picture of what the entire public truly feels, but is one significantly more accurate than the other? Host Jack Russo asks Professor Sam Savage if prediction markets are our most reliable analysis of the future.
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/07/13/2024-election-campaign-updates-biden-trump-rally/?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=wp_news_alert_revere&location=alert
    https://www.probabilitymanagement.org/
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 27 min
    The Valley Current®️: What Are Prediction Markets Telling Us?

    The Valley Current®️: What Are Prediction Markets Telling Us?

    Does Biden still have a viable shot at winning another term in the White House? As the race for the presidency gets heated so are the prediction markets, and gamblers at predictit.org currently have their monies on Trump. Although prediction markets cannot be guaranteed to be completely random, they do reveal instant reactions to debates, speeches, and any economic factor that people would consider before going to the polls. Today Professor Sam Savage teaches host Jack Russo how Bayesian statistics expresses probability and affect the political predictions markets.
     
    https://www.probabilitymanagement.org/
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 35 min
    The Valley Current®: How safe tax-wise are SAFE Agreements?

    The Valley Current®: How safe tax-wise are SAFE Agreements?

    Are SAFE (Simple Agreements for Future Equity) as safe tax-wise as convertible debt? SAFEs were created by Y Combinator to simplify fundraising by avoiding lengthy negotiations associated with convertible notes, and unlike traditional loans, a SAFE agreement is a promise for future equity. Tax treatment varies depending on whether a SAFE is considered debt or equity. This means investors can deduct total losses from their taxes, which is beneficial if the startup fails, and losses are classified as capital losses (with a $3,000 annual deduction limit) when treated as equity. So, what should investors know before going all-in on a SAFE agreement? Today host Jack Russo asks CPA, Steve Rabin to discuss the tax implications of using SAFE agreements versus convertible notes for startup funding.
     
    https://taxservice2u.com/
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 36 min
    The Valley Current®: What is AI's likely impact on IP law?

    The Valley Current®: What is AI's likely impact on IP law?

     
    What a fine line between protectible invention and expression (as opposed to public domain idea and unprotected material) in AI-generated content? This, in turn, leads us to question just how “involved” AI can be in an invention and writing with a human still claiming ownership of the results. AI is quickly reshaping industries, but as AI capabilities grow, the issues of ownership and IP become more complicated. The USPTO’s guidelines now allow patents for human-instigated AI inventions, but not AI as the sole inventor. The use of AI is also creating new ethical boundaries with bots like ChatGPT potentially generating content that inadvertently exposes company trade secrets. Is this plagiarism or are we heading into a future where nearly everything belongs to the public as public domain? Professor Michael Risch and host Jack Russo scrutinize the contentious question of software patents, debating the degree of human involvement in AI inventions and the implications on IP rights generally. Is human intention and direction enough to generate IP rights if most of the “work” is produced automatically through AI?
     
    https://www.artificiallawyer.com/2024/06/26/genai-is-rapidly-making-its-way-into-law-schools/ 
    https://futurism.com/the-byte/trump-delivered-speech-ai?utm_term=Futurism%20//%2006.28.24&utm_campaign=Futurism_Actives_Newsletter&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 26 min
    The Valley Current®: How Does A Simple Message Work?

    The Valley Current®: How Does A Simple Message Work?

    What really happens in a successful Presidential debate? Do we even know anymore? Between Joe Biden’s word salads and Donald Trump lacking substantive content, it’s hard to determine who is the least appealing candidate. Both candidates failed to connect with undecided voters as the debate started with national and global conflicts and quickly derailed into heated, personal attacks and name calling. Biden’s flustered and forgetful tone, which greatly highlighted Trump’s energy and confidence, had the Democrats re-evaluating their candidate, but Biden also failed a few counter-narratives that could have made him more attractive to voters. Host Jack Russo invites David Mann (A Simple Message) back to The Valley Current® to break down how message discipline projects a unifying, presidential vision that appeals to a broad coalition which is essential for success.
     
    https://www.asimplemessage.com/
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 39 min
    The Valley Current®: How Does Entrepreneurship Happen in Laos?

    The Valley Current®: How Does Entrepreneurship Happen in Laos?

    Is there anything more challenging than starting an independent (in franchised) travel business in the midst of Covid-19 and in a foreign county that is difficult to get to and rains heavily half the year? One entrepreneur delights us in showing how he did this in a very different corner of our world. Travelling not only pushes us outside our comfort zone, but it also encourages us to learn about different people and cultures that expands our perspective on life. Tours, while informative, can be a rowdy and impersonal way to quickly explore new countries. After 20 years of working for tour companies, Chao Khanchan felt he had to offer his own tour company which privately guides small groups of tourists through Laos’s rich history and natural beauty. Escape the monotony of life as host Jack Russo visits laos and finds out about this incomparable experience from Laos Ecotourism Travel founder, Chao Khanchan.


    +856 205 429 5445
    info@laosecotourism.com
    https://www.laosecotourism.com
     
    Jack Russo
    Managing Partner
    Jrusso@computerlaw.com
    www.computerlaw.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackrusso
    "Every Entrepreneur Imagines a Better World"®️
     

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

NewMorning ,

Much more than law

Jack covers a wide range of topics, not all directly related to law or startups.

Worth while!

SeanFromTheMissingLink ,

Great podcast for all types of startup businesses

Enjoy listening to Jack and his guest as they dive into numerous topics that are diverse and informative. His straight forward approach to the topics and his unique guests make this podcast a fascinating addition to your podcast subscriptions.

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Knowledge and Info with a Heart

I’ve listened to several of these podcasts, and my interest lies within the startup culture. Jack Russo genuinely passes along good information, and humanizes the startup, invention, and legal processes. His guests are treated like friends, and the discussions cover insider notes that are not apparent to someone without a legal background. I have subscribed to the podcast, and look forward to more episodes. Thank you for providing relevant and future forward content!

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