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In three days time, two Trakers - our Founder and CEO, Mary Juetten; and our COO Jill Howard Allen - will represent us in San Francisco at the 7th annual LAUNCH Festival 2014. The LAUNCH Festival, founded by serial entrepreneur and journalist Jason Calacanis in 2010, has been described as "the best place to launch your company, raise money, and learn about building great startups. We are proud to sponsor this annual event in which 40 new companies launch on stage in front of more than 8,000 people. Additionally, we are very excited to share that Mary will host a workshop on good practices for safe crowdfunding (we'll see you on the Main Stage at 1pm!).

“Most startups don’t even know what Intellectual Property actually is, let alone how to protect it. And yet, safeguarding IP is one of the most critical aspects of ensuring business success,” Mary said. “Nowadays, crowdfunding is one of the biggest ways for new businesses to raise funds to get their ventures off the ground. My workshop will educate startups on the topic of crowdfunding and provide strategies to ensure they’re doing it smartly and safely.”

The LAUNCH Festival will take place February 24–26, 2014, at San Francisco’s Design Center Concourse. In addition to workshops and 40 live, onstage business launches, the event will feature an array of esteemed speakers, including keynoters Mark Cuban and Paul Graham, as well as an exhibit hall, demo area and award competition.

While the event is tailored to startups, small business, investors and professionals in those fields, it’s open to any and all tech enthusiasts. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets by visiting the following link: http://events.launch.co/festival/#tickets.


Even if you aren't able to make it to San Francisco for this fantastic conference, we still offer some great crowdfunding resources on our IP Cloud. Also, we wish to remind everyone of how important it is to practice safe crowdfunding! Discover our 4 tips to crowdfunding with THIS video.