The Mentors


When To Seek Legal Help For Your Startup With David Postolski Of Gearhart Law

Every creator and business founder reaches a point where they need to lean on the advice of a legal professional. But how do you know when the time is right? At what point in the evolution of your venture do you need to consult a lawyer, and how do you make sure that you're being as resourceful and pragmatic as possible? We thought the best person to talk to about this was someone that truly cares about entrepreneurs, someone that left a massive law firm to join forces with a legal partner whose mission was aligned with his - to help inspire innovation by working with brilliant founders from inception to help them navigate complicated legal issues. 

In our interview with David Postolski of Gearhart Law we dive into many of the same questions that first time entrepreneurs have when starting a business. The first half of the interview focuses on what to consider when thinking about Intellectual Property for your business, detailing what you need to do in the first year of your business and the costs you can expect around patents. 

We then cover more common questions, like when you should incorporate, how to avoid personal liability, when to create founder agreements with your partners, and why you should never pay for an initial consultation with a startup lawyer. David speaks with us from the perspective of an entrepreneur to make sure that you limit your costs early on while avoiding major problems in the future. 

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

How freeCodeCamp Is Creating Thousands Of Programmers With Only 12 Employees

When a founder decides to build an impact driven organization, at some point they have to make an important decision on whether to structure it as a for profit entity or a non-profit. While a for-profit can maximize financial upside to the founding team and shareholders, a non-profit by definition can focus more of its effort on the impact it wants to have in the world. In this week's episode bring back Darrell Silver, the founder and former CEO of Thinkful, a for-profit education venture, to talk about why the model of the non-profit freeCodeCamp is so innovative in its funding and impact model, and why he is now a major donor and supporter of the organization that was founded with a similar mission to his. In this rare interview, we got to dive into some of the nuances of how nonprofits are managed and how freeCodeCamp has been able to deliver 1.1 billion minutes of instruction with just a 12 person team by making their education model open source. We also discussed how people who want to improve their career prospects and pick up a technical skill can best decide whether to learn online for free or pay tuition for an instructor guided education experience if they can afford it. Tune in to hear our interview with Darrell Silver about the story and future of freeCodeCamp.If you want to support their work, you can donate as little as $5 here which will directly contribute to 250 hours of free education!