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Technology, Gen-Ys and the Evolving Workplace

  For the first time in my life, I am on trend. Nope, it has nothing to do with my over-processed hair, compact SUV, or my non-existent fitness schedule. I’m a work-from-home freelance employee who relies on social media. 

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Small Business, Big Ideas: Why You Need a Patent Attorney

  The 80’s was an amazing decade. Big hair, Brat Pack movies, parachute pants, and George Michael all left an indelible mark on my then young and impressionable psyche. Now, as I look back with a different perspective, I also remember how cool the Japanese culture was to me (my mother is Sansei, third generation Japanese American which makes me… um, fully American.) Movies like Michael Keaton’s Gung Ho and Ralph Macchio’s Karate Kid only emphasized the cultural, economic, and technical influences that pervaded the American culture.  

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Some of the Best Jobs of 2015 are in Technology

  The tech industry has long been a major player in the startup world. Low overhead, endless potential for online clients and a billion dollar industry are just a few factors that put computer geeks into the entrepreneurial category. It’s no wonder why three out of the top ten U.S. News and World Report Jobs of 2015 on this list are in technology. 

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UpCounsel Launches in Massachusetts

  We’re very excited to announce that we have officially launched in Massachusetts! To all of the businesses and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts that have trusted in us for many different types of legal services over the past few months – We thank you! It’s been an incredible experience to be able to help connect so many businesses that have unique legal needs with the best attorneys to help them within their budget, everyday here at UpCounsel. It’s what motivates our team day in and day out to provide a more valuable, efficient, and personalized legal experience for businesses. 

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Should My Startup Sell Securities?

  A New Year can’t help but bring with it a fresh outlook, challenging goals, and a willingness to test unchartered waters. As you are assessing your small business and planning for 2015, you may be considering whether or not your company should delve into the world of securities and stocks. It’s quite complicated, so here are a few basic points for you to ponder before making this important decision. 

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How Obamacare Will Affect Your Taxes This Year

When filing your 2014 taxes this year, you must be aware of a certain change that can affect how much you owe the government. This is the first year in which Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, will be taken into consideration in your tax filings. 

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Will Immigration Reform Really Happen in 2015?

  Like most political issues, it is nearly impossible to not have an opinion about the current illegal immigration situation (hence the ongoing battle in Congress). While immigration reform is still a hot topic in the news, will there be any resolution in 2015? 

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What Small Businesses Can Learn From Big Businesses that Faltered in 2014

  There were many highs and lows in 2014. “Let it Go” from the Disney movie Frozen made us sing until we never wanted to hear that song again. Pretty teens and boy bands still ruled the airways with Ariana Grande, Five Seconds of Summer, and One Direction belting the angst of unrequited puppy love. Grumpy Cat was still grumpy and had a reported net worth of $120 million. Kim Kardashian greedily chased after more attention with her attempt to break the Internet. 

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2014 in Review: The Laws That Will Impact 2015

The champagne has been sipped, the confetti has been vacuumed, and the ball dropped over a week ago in New York’s Times Square. Yes, the holiday season is officially over and it’s time to get back to business. What new laws do small business owners need to be aware of in 2015? 

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Software Consultant and Programmer Liability

Software companies and consultants are in high demand with the ever-growing online market. While these advancements are being displayed in a cyber global arena, there are many legal and business related issues that programmers and consultants must consider. The global software market exceeded $265 billion in 2010 and is projected to increase 6% every year until 2015. While profits are growing, so should measures to protect personal and professional liability online. 

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