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Frank Fletcher is a Partner with Outside GC LLC’s California-based team. He has over 15 years of in-house experience in software, digital media and on-line privacy, as well as extensive experience in Asia and Europe. His LinkedIn profile is available at: www.linkedin.com/in/frankfletcherprofile. Frank can be reached at ffletcher@outsidegc.com.
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Open Source Software Risks, Benefits & Best Practices for Start-ups

Open Source Software Risks, Benefits & Best Practices for Start-ups

August 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM - risk management,

Open source software (“OSS”) is now ubiquitous, providing community-vetted solutions to common requirements in the software industry. The widespread use of OSS is especially common with start-ups who are driven by the need to develop a minimum viable product as fast as possible in order to quickly enter the market and acquire market feedback.

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 4

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 4

October 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM - In-House Lawyers

All of your hard work to this point will culminate in Step 4 – Negotiation. You’ve prepared yourself and your business partner, and secured a commitment from business and legal on the other side to a system with proven results for closing important deals on tight timeline. However, given the nature of business negotiations, this is also the point where things can easily go awry as a result of delayed approvals or worse, a breakdown in the original agreement. The following suggestions are designed to keep negotiations on track and bring the deal across the finish line quickly and efficiently as promised:

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 3

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 3

October 5, 2016 at 8:40 PM - In-House Lawyers

In many ways, Step 3 – Bringing in the Other Side – is the most important component of handling complex deals on a tight deadline. It can also be the most delicate, which is why you must rely heavily on the assistance of your business partner in order to make this happen. In my experience, securing a commitment to expediency from the other side is best achieved by adopting the following approach: 

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 2

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 2

September 28, 2016 at 6:05 PM - In-House Lawyers

After you’ve prepared yourself, it is time to meet with the business person or team responsible for the deal. The goal of Step 2 – Coordinate with your Business Partner(s) – is working through key details of the proposed transaction in order to clarify objectives, define roles and responsibilities, assess preparedness and identify potential obstacles. In doing so, you are also able to establish more reasonable expectations around completing the deal and more importantly not making commitments you are unable to keep. The following is a list of key points to consider at this stage:

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals

September 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM - Legal Services,

As most seasoned lawyers can attest, the toughest deals usually come with the tightest deadlines and a level of complexity that prevents the use of a templated agreement. Although protecting the client’s interests is always the most important priority, what good is that goal if you can’t get the deal done? In this blog series, we will offer 4 tried-and-true steps for getting tough deals done both skillfully and quickly. This advice will be shared over 4 separate posts, starting with the necessary step of preparing yourself. 

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