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By Janelle M. Lewis, Attorney, Business & Legal Strategic Consultant In a recently published article by Bloomberg news, it is becoming clear that Airbnb is spending as much time in court as they are working on going public in 2020.  It is no surprise that in addition to building their IPO strategy, Airbnb is building its legal strategy.  As one of the most litigious startups, Airbnb has been spending a great deal of time…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Attorney, Business & Legal Strategic Consultant This week, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a special order requiring Alphabet, Inc., (including Google), Amazon.com, Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook, Inc., and Microsoft Corp to provide information on acquisitions made between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 that were not reported to the FTC and antitrust agencies under the HSR Act because they fell under the reporting threshold. The five big tech companies…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Attorney, Business & Legal Strategic Consultant What are the legal aspects of Porter’s Five Forces Analysis in a company’s business strategy? Or a question you might be asking is: Are there legal aspects in Porter’s Five Forces Analysis of a company’s strategy? The answer to the latter is yes, there are legal aspects in Porter’s Five Forces Analysis. In fact the basis of each of the five forces that form the…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Attorney, Business & Legal Strategic Consultant It’s a new year and a new decade. With all things associated with the new year, the most prominent is: “out with the old and in with the new.” Throwing out old clothes, books, furniture, and ideas, while making room for the new. While on a personal level, there are many traditions and rituals used to enter in the new year, what about on the…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Startups differ from traditional business model in a number of ways. While traditional businesses – such as SMEs – tend to be risk averse, looking at the long-term for potential success, startups are risk-based and temporary in nature. Traditional businesses usually operate using a sustainable business model with known customer bases, while startups are always searching for unique, profitable business models and…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Legal Marketplaces are the most recent innovation in legal technology. Unlike other legal tech products, such as document review services, e-discovery services and contract review services, client-to-attorney legal marketplaces are bringing attorneys and clients together. While the innovation is in the way that clients can get connected with attorneys, and the benefit is the increased accessibility to legal services, there are drawbacks. These…
Published by Janelle Lewis, Principal Attorney, Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Janelle M. Lewis is an experienced New York attorney whose career dealing with complex legal matters has brought her to global entrepreneurship. With the objective of changing the legal landscape by changing the deliver of legal services, Janelle through her law practice, the Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis seeks to merge the law, entrepreneurship and innovation to address the current needs of…
By Janelle M. Lewis, Principal Attorney, The Law Office of Janelle M. Lewis Developing a hiring strategy for your startup or SME When developing a hiring strategy, founders and owners often consider the following when they are assessing potential candidates: skills, experience, education, ability to do the job, willingness to do the job and whether the person will fit in the company’s culture. In addition to assessing the quality of job candidates, founders and owners…
NEW LOOK, SAME FUNCTION Beginning May 2019, Arrival/Departure Forms: I-94 and I-94W for non U.S. citizens or residents will have a different look. The most notable change is that the digit numerical format will be replaced by alphanumeric characters. According to Customs & Border Patrol, “unexpired I-94s issued in the current numeric-only format will continue to be valid until the Admit Until Date printed on the paper I-94 and/or the date displayed on the public…