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Entrepreneurs Disrupt Costly Legal Fees For Startups And Small Businesses

Startups and small businesses complain that lawyers are expensive and costs are unpredictable. Lawyers complain that finding clients and getting paid is difficult. Sounds like an industry begging for some entrepreneurial thinking.

A wave of companies are using technology to provide affordable fixed-priced legal services to startups and small businesses, and referrals and payment to lawyers. Some products provide diagnostic tools that identify gaps in legal coverage that open businesses to risk. In the same way that the healthcare industry tries to  provide lower-cost preventive services to reduce the cost of more expensive long-term care, tech-enabled legal companies provide startups and small businesses with precautionary legal agreements and contracts to reduce the possibility of much more expensive legal action down the road. These legal websites are based on the premise that by bringing down the costs of lawyers, more companies will use legal services.

Read all of Entrepreneurs Disrupt Costly Legal Fees For Startups And Small Businesses on Forbes.com.

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Manners Matter: 7 Tips for Behaving Well When You Email

by Mardy Sitzer

Rude, thoughtless, or just self-serving – some emails feel like finger nails on a chalkboard.

How Technology Offers New, Productive Business Models

Technology is changing the way women entrepreneurs run their businesses

Women use technology to solve problems, said Robin Raskin. She should know; her company, Living in Digital Times produces events and conferences highlighting how technology can solve the world’s problems.

Woman Entrepreneur Builds Her Business by Leading Tech Revolution in Construction

New York City’s construction industry is getting a makeover. Instead of cosmetics, a haircut and new clothes, its using technology to cut costs, save time and reduce risks.

How Necessity Is the Mother of Creating a Business

In 1995, Julie Azuma, the mother of a newly diagnosed autistic daughter, went from store to store, trying to find the educational materials her daughter needed. Along the way, she’d joined a listserve -- remember those? -- for parents of autistic children so she knew that other parents were as frustrated as she was.

What Everybody Needs to Know About Online Marketing

What you don’t know can hurt you, especially if what you don’t know leaves your business back in the 20th century while your customers are well on their way into the 21st.

In that case, you are losing opportunities to grow, to reduce costs, and to build customer loyalty.

Did Google Lose Sight Of Its Own Motto?

Imagine: Waking up to find that your access to Google products has been severed … forever.  Google search is dead. No access to Google docs. No gmail. You’ve put your eggs in the Google basket and now they’re all broken.

It happened to my colleague June 8.

Have Your Feet On The Ground When Looking At The Cloud

As I said in The Cloud: Not As Airy As You Thought, cloud computing is a boon to startup nonprofits and businesses as well as those that are growing.

Tagged Products, Smartphones Offer New Business and Fundraising Possibilities

This is one of three blogs about the future of tech-enabled business models. Check out Tech Knowledge Will Expand Markets, Services of Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits and Break Down Walls to Build Creativity With New Technology to read what else is in store.

It started with GPS: You can track where you are and where you want to be because a device in your hand or your car is communicating – networked – with a satellite.

That brings us to yet another section of the McKinsey report on 10 Tech-Enabled Business Trends. This one is called "The Internet of Things."

Break Down Walls to Build Creativity With New Technology

This is one of three blogs about the future of tech-enabled business models. Check out Tech Knowledge Will Expand Markets, Services of Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits and Tagged Products, Smartphones Offer New Business and Fundraising Possibilities to read what else is in store.

Out with the old organization chart, in with the wiki-world. That's the gist of the first three of 10 tech-enabled business trends, according to a new McKinsey report.



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