Month: May 2016

Gawker, Thiel, Hogan

An unusual legal case between Gawker Media and former professional wrestler and entertainer Hulk Hogan became that much more unusual over the past few weeks. The dust up began when Gawker posted a sex tape of Hulk Hogan on their website without his consent. Hogan followed that publication with a lawsuit aimed at Gawker alleging privacy violations. Gawker argued that it was in the public interest. A jury disagreed with that interpretation and found in favor of Hogan rewarding him $140 million, a number with a high degree of sticker shock. Gawker has now appealed the ruling. As the...

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First Ever White House Foster Care & Technology Hackathon

At the heart of the American story is the simple truth that all children should have a fair chance at success, no matter who they are or where they come from. Central to this promise of opportunity is the love and support of a family – which all children deserve, but not enough have. On any given day, there are over 400,000 children in our nation’s foster care system with over 100,000 waiting to be adopted. Every year, 23,000 of these youth will age out of the system never having found a permanent home. Young people who age out...

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Ten Questions on Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Waukeshia D. Jackson of Jackson & Lowe LLP sits down to talk about Intellectual Property Law, Entrepreneurship and STEM. What is an IP attorney? Nicole Hickman PayPal What did you do before becoming an attorney? Nicole Hickman PayPal Software Engineering and an IP attorney seem different but yet like they have things that are in common. Can you explain the correlation? Nicole Hickman PayPal Where did you go to college and what did you study? Nicole Hickman PayPal You are a Founding Member/Managing Partner of JL Law Group. When did you decide to become an entrepreneur? Nicole Hickman PayPal...

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EEOC Weighs In On Tech Diversity

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency that administers and enforces civil rights laws against workplace discrimination, sat down for a hearing on the status of diversity in the technology industry and their findings were unsurprising. Their report, Diversity in the Tech Industry, indicates that women and minorities are highly under-represented in the industry, particularly in Silicon Valley, which serves as the pulse for tech. In Santa Clara County, where many of the top high tech firms are headquartered, whites and Asian Americans each comprised around 45 percent of the total high tech workforce, totaling about 90 percent. That means, on...

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Tech Women Dinner

On October 13, 2016, the National Diversity Council is celebrating the most powerful women in technology right in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Hyatt Regency. The theme of the night is “Women in Tech: Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs”. Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chairman of the National Diversity Council explains, “These women are the most prominent leaders, and they have reached the top of their profession by being effective leaders in their organization. They drive change, innovate, and inspire others to succeed while contributing to business growth.” There is no shortage of those in the Council’s selection of...

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