The Traklight Blog

Explore the world of intangible assets and IP with guest blogs, business owner interviews, and more.

Mary Juetten

Mary is Traklight's very excitable CEO who has the energy of everyone combined. To give you a taste of that energy, Mary, who already had her CA and CPA, developed the idea for Traklight while earring her JD. She has leveraged her 25+ years of business experience to launch Traklight from an idea to a global business in less than three years. Simultaneously, she is an active contributor, speaker, and expert in the areas of entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, advancement of women in the workforce, and (of course) intellectual property. And she does all this while raising teenagers (we're exhausted from just writing this). Meanwhile, Mary is flying around North America (on Southwest as much as possible!) spreading the good word of Traklight. Phew.
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Small business funding options: Angel investing, equity fundraising, crowdfunding & startup loans

Growing your business is difficult, particularly when you need money to fund your plans. Many entrepreneurs use personal savings or the revenue from the company to “bootstrap” their way to success. But sometimes that’s not possible because either you lack the personal wealth or the company needs too much upfront investment prior to revenue generation. Traditional fundraising from professional investors can be daunting both in terms of time and money. However, over the past few years, some additional small business funding avenues have become available.

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Sidestepping Common Startup Mistakes

This article originally featured on the GoDaddy blog

Starting a new business venture is exciting. Whether you’re joining the ranks of the startup CEO, creating new products and services, or becoming your own boss in a more traditional business, you’ll most likely feel a mixture of thrill and fear. Don’t get too overwhelmed, though, or you’ll skip over important steps in the first several months that are critical to ensuring the best foundation for your new business. Let’s first look at the top three startup mistakes early-stage companies make:

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Beyond Infringement to Rights Monetization

In her latest Forbes article, Mary speaks with Ray Young of RightsIn. RightsIn is a startup seeking to help artists monetize their creations by providing an avenue for licensing their films and music through an online marketplace. Ray talks about how the RightsIn marketplace offers creators more control of the licensing and monetization of their work, the process of how the product was developed, and his experience with IP in the entertainment industry.

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Avoid Failure to Launch: Part VI

In Part VI, our final blog in the series based on attending David Durick of Paychex’s workshop at the Small Business Expo 2016, we analyze step nine and ten. The necessary contracts are identified with Traklight’s free Business Risk Assessment,  which you can access here. To identify, track, and protect valuable IP, you can upgrade to our Full ID your IP product for a special price of $99 with this code: BMBPC16.  The Risk Chart and IP Diagnostic link you to Paychex partners who can help both address your issues and protect your IP.

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Avoid Failure to Launch: Part V

The fifth part in our series  based on David Durick of Paychex’s workshop at the Small Business Expo 2016, examines step seven and eight of the ten critical steps to building and protecting your business. If you are not sure which administrative tasks apply to you, please join Traklight here and take the free Business Risk Assessment. The Risk Chart on your dashboard will help by linking to Paychex partners who can minimize your risks and increase your chances of successfully launching your business. You can save time and money on some of these tasks by downloading and reviewing your Strategy Report located on your dashboard as indicated below.

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Avoid Failure to Launch: Part III

The third in our series based on attending David Durick of Paychex’s workshop at the Small Business Expo 2016 examines the third and fourth of the ten critical steps to building and protecting your business. If you are not sure which steps apply to you, please join Traklight here and take the free Business Risk Assessment with our compliments.

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Avoid Failure to Launch: Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of attending David Durick of Paychex’s workshop at the Small Business Expo 2016 in San Diego. David, a 32-year business veteran, has worked mainly in business to business throughout his career but almost exclusively with small business, five to ten employees.  David spearheads BuildMyBiz.com for Paychex and presented 10 critical steps to building and protecting a business.

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Traklight and Evolve Law?

I presented last month at Davis Wright Tremaine’s first Women’s Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and as I was explaining Evolve Law, I was asked how my investors let me start a second company. That brought up some interesting thoughts for me that I did not have time to address on the fundraising panel.

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FORBES Update - Failing Gracefully: The CaseRails Journey

A legal technology entrepreneur and friend of mine created automated intake forms for her practice. Her goal was to sell this technology to law firms and consumers. Unfortunately, though, consumers will not proactively complete the forms. She found out the hard way that she had created a product with no demand. Much has been written on how to succeed, including tips and tricks for all the challenges that small businesses face. You often read stories about rapid growth and startups killing it, but it’s not too often you hear about the unsuccessful journeys.

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Phoenix Business Journal Update: Valley Tech Companies Need Less Networking, More Action

Whenever I hear something repeated, questioned, or discussed by three independent sources, I consider it a sign that I should pay attention, and in today’s case, my personal “rule of three” inspired me to write this article. There are some amazing, exciting things happening in Arizona’s tech ecosystem, but we have to step back and look at this environment from an outsider’s perspective. To draw from Brad Feld’s books, I believe we should worry less about branding our community and instead focus on pushing forward. We should just freaking do it with the “it” being taking care of our businesses.

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