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New and Notable:

July 28, 2014, Santa Monica:  Pay it Forward Labs hosts its “best ever mentor night and summer party” at The Victorian on Main Street, which PIFLabs calls “the one unbeatable networking event of the month” with 40 mentors in different areas of specialty split into Technology, Marketing/Startup and Funding/Legal.  Details and registration at Eventbrite.
Antone Johnson appeared on This Week in Law, Episode 224 on , with hosts Denise Howell and Evan Brown and guest Jerry Brito of the Mercatus Center.  The wide-ranging discussion included Bitcoin, NSA surveillance, related drama involving British counterpart GCHQ and the Guardian newspaper, and Groklaw’s decision to shut down.  Watch here, stream or download from the website. The meatiest portion begins around 14:25.

Recent Publications by Antone Johnson:

Gust Blog

is writing at Gust Blog: “Thoughts on startups by investors that fund them and entrepreneurs that run them.
Gust bloggers are seasoned industry experts including Gust Founder/CEO and New York Angels Chairman David S. Rose; Tim Berry, “the Obi Wan Kenobi of business plans”; veteran investor and angel group founder Bill Payne; renowned startup mentor Martin Zwilling; and alternative investing expert Bob Rice, author of The Alternative Answer and Three Moves Ahead. Gust is a professional investor relations platform for startups and the industry-standard funding application for angel groups and venture funds.

Mashtag “Blawg”

Mashtag BlawgClick here for Mashtag, a unique blog observing social media, entrepreneurship, public policy, and all things at the intersection of people, capital, technology, and creativity.

The Bottom Line

Click here for The Bottom Line, a daily round-up compiled from the Twitter feeds of leading voices in tech entrepreneurship, Web 2.0, venture capital and angel financing, and the startup community in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Los Angeles/Santa Monica, with a little bit of pure fun sprinkled on top. If you like it, please share it!

Term Sheet and Quora

We’ve launched a board on Quora, Term Sheet, described as “a hand-crafted collection of startup resources for entrepreneurs and investors ready to roll up their sleeves and dig into the gory details.Term Sheet assembles the best words of wisdom, both in the form of Quora answers and in links to longer blog posts, written by luminaries ranging from Marc Andreessen to Fred Wilson and everyone in between. Visit Term Sheet on Quora, as well as its companion The Bottom Line, and click “Follow” to get the latest updates. You can also read our Quora answers to many frequently asked questions regarding startups, venture capital, angel investing, stock options, employee compensation, intellectual property, online liability, defamation, advertising law, and more. Quora Top Writer symbol Antone Johnson was honored as one of Quora’s “Top Writers” and contributed to the book Best of Quora 2010–2012, available for free download in PDF format.

Founders’ Space is another site with a narrower focus specifically on issues of interest to entrepreneurs. Antone Johnson has written a number of answers as an Advisor and Featured Contributor.

Speaking Engagements

  • September 16-17, 2013, Seattle: Antone Johnson spoke on the subject Keeping an Eye Towards the Future: New Ideas Coming Out of the Social Media Startup World at the Social Media Law Conference presented by Law Seminars International. Download a brochure with event information or click on the link above for agenda, speaker bios and registration details.

Industry Events

  • August 9, 2013Mountain View: 500 Startups presents unSEXY Conference 2013, “The 1-day conference about unsexy tech companies that… Just Make Money!” in SMB/Enterprise, financial services, communications, email, data, infrastructure, and more. Details and registration at Eventbrite.
  • November 6-7, 2013, Washington, DCThe Family Online Safety Institute’s 2013 Annual Conference brings together top thinkers in online safety:  Academics, educators, law enforcement, industry, policy makers, and non-profits.  The conference addresses a variety of issues related to online safety including privacy, technologies of the future, online reputation, identity theft, and international trends. Follow FOSI on Twitter and hashtag #fosi2013 for this year’s event.

“Ask the Lean Startup Lawyer” at pariSoma

  • Next Date TBD, San Francisco: Antone Johnson will spend the day onsite at pariSoma Innovation Loft‘s sleek coworking space at 169 11th Street (between Mission and Howard). All entrepreneurial techie and creative types welcome. Stay tuned for details and signup information.

Past Events

Visit our Event Archive to read about past events in which Bottom Line Law Group participated as a presenter, sponsor or attendee.

Press Interviews and Quotes


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Media Appearances

  • This Week in Law: Antone Johnson appeared as a guest on This Week in Law to discuss NSA surveillance, online free speech and privacy rights, Bitcoin and more. Watch the meatiest part of the program beginning around 14:25:
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    Watch Antone Johnson’s interview with Mike Mintz in which they discuss social media law and international expansion, drawing on experiences at MySpace and eHarmony:
  • CBC Radio All In A Day – “Crowdfunding Critic”: Conversation with host Alan Neal regarding the challenges and risks to investors inherent in crowdfunding (7 min. audio):
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  • New Threats to CybersecuritySixth Annual E-Commerce Best Practices Conferencepanel (streaming video 300k), Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science and Technology, 6th Annual E-Commerce Best Practices Conference, June 12, 2009


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