Big Companies Should Think and Act Like Startups to Keep Data Safe


With data security breaches now a shockingly common part of modern life, businesses of all sizes are scrambling to bolster their defenses.

In this guest commentary in the Boston Business Journal, we explain how businesses can fight against data breaches by taking tips from startups, and even the hackers themselves. Here’s how:

  • Think opportunity, not crisis. Intrepid entrepreneurs view data security gaps as an opportunity to innovate. Data breaches present an opportunity to find new ways to use technology freely without exposing personal or corporate data. Continue reading this entry

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants


In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US companies. Indeed, whereas before 2006 approximately 20% of venture-backed public companies were founded by immigrants, from 2006 to 2012, this percentage grew to 33%. Continue reading this entry

Navigating Employment-Based Visas for Startups


Startups often seek to hire highly educated employees with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) fields in order to compete with their established competitors. Post-graduate international students have emerged as the leading source of talent for startups as nearly 1/3 of all international students (or over 330,000 such students) are enrolled in STEM degree programs at U.S. Universities. However, the lack of a true “startup visa” makes hiring post-graduate international students and other foreign nationals alike difficult. Generally speaking, the three most common employment-based visas used to staff emerging companies are the H-1B, E-2, L-1 visa categories. This article briefly describes the three most common pitfalls related to the above-mentioned employment-based visa categories as they relate to startups. Continue reading this entry

FOLEYTech Summit Celebrates its 10th Anniversary


Our FOLEYTech Summit will celebrate its 10th anniversary on October 14, 2014 when technology leaders convene in Boston for “Technology in Motion: Content, Delivery, and Security in a Connected World.”

This year’s event will focus on the issues and challenges facing technology companies today within the mHealth, digital media, and security sectors. Our three industry tracks feature highly interactive panel discussions to engage and enlighten entrepreneurs, C-level executives, managers responsible for growing technology businesses, and investors in and advisers to technology companies. Discussions will include the current state of the mHealth, digital media, and security industries, as well as financing alternatives from both the investor and company perspectives.

The FOLEYTech Summit continues to offer the top-notch industry insight and compelling speakers, while embracing the broader horizons of technology. Click here to learn more about the 2014 FOLEYTech Summit and for registration information.

The Creeping Union Part II: Why You Should Start Planning Now


In our last post, we summarized the 2011 Specialty Healthcare decision and the potential for the NLRB to recognize an unduly burdensome number of smaller collective bargaining units. So far, cases interpreting Specialty Healthcare indicate that the NLRB’s expanded view has not resulted in a proliferation of arbitrary bargaining units.

Two recent cases decided within a week of each other this July – Macy’s, Inc. and The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. – demonstrate the current boundaries set by the NLRB. Continue reading this entry