What!? Darth Vader’s Breathing is a Trademark?

What!? Darth Vader’s Breathing is a Trademark?

What!? Darth Vader’s Breathing is a Trademark? By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law “Hahhhhhhh kerrrrrrrr hahhhhhhh kerrrrrrrr…” You can hear it now. But if you use it to sell toys, you might get a nasty Star Wars themed cease and desist letter...

Why Venture Legal is Now Pixel Law

Why Venture Legal is Now Pixel Law

Why Venture Legal is Now Pixel Law By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law When I started Venture Legal in 2014 I thought it’d just be a side gig. I was starting other businesses and needed stable income. But something interesting happened–my law firm took off!...

The Easy Way to Run Payroll

The Easy Way to Run Payroll

The Easy Way to Run Payroll By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Payroll usually means headaches. But whether it’s easy or hard on you depends on how you set things up. In this post we’ll explain one of the easiest ways to run payroll for your startup or...

How to Use Modifiers When Negotiating a Contract

How to Use Modifiers When Negotiating a Contract

How to Use Modifiers When Negotiating a Contract By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Contracts are a part of every entrepreneur’s journey, regardless if you are a freelancer, small business, or bootstrapped startup. When you are editing a contract, consider...

The Guise of “Professionalism”

The Guise of “Professionalism”

The Guise of “Professionalism” By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law It’s easy for competitors to copy your skills, but hard for them to copy your authentic personality. Paul Jarvis dedicates an entire chapter of his book (Company of One) to personality. He...

Join the KC Tech Community at the American Royal BBQ!

Join the KC Tech Community at the American Royal BBQ!

Join the KC Tech Community at the American Royal BBQ! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law You’re Invited! Together with our co-hosts, we invite you to our annual tech community party at the American Royal BBQ on Friday, September 13th. This year’s event will feature...

Stop Writing Numbers Two (2) Times!

Stop Writing Numbers Two (2) Times!

Stop Writing Numbers Two (2) Times! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Writing numbers two (2) times in contracts is a really dangerous thing to do. Here’s why…. Just last week, I was reviewing a contract that said “two thousand dollars...

A New Mayor is Coming; and We Have Lots of Good Options

A New Mayor is Coming; and We Have Lots of Good Options

A New Mayor is Coming; and We Have Lots of Good Options By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Kansas City is “on a roll” and our next mayor should keep it rolling! According to Mayoral Candidate Jolie Justus, Kansas City is “on a roll” and I...

37 Lessons From 5 Years of “Being My Own Boss”

37 Lessons From 5 Years of “Being My Own Boss”

37 Lessons From 5 Years of “Being My Own Boss” By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Five years ago I took a huge risk–I left a comfortable job at a mid-size law firm in Kansas City. Since then, I started and sold a law firm marketing company, grown Venture Legal into...

MECA Challenge: Fostering Entrepreneurship in High School

MECA Challenge: Fostering Entrepreneurship in High School

MECA Challenge: Fostering Entrepreneurship in High School By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law “In order for Kansas City to become the most entrepreneurial city in America, we must first transform education to produce innovative thinkers.” I had the...

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Don’t Miss Out!

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Don’t Miss Out!

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week! Don’t Miss Out! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Global Entrepreneurship Week is a global movement aimed at driving entrepreneurship forward. Whether you are a new entrepreneur or are trying to take your...

KCMO Leaders Get it Right With Bird Agreement

KCMO Leaders Get it Right With Bird Agreement

Blog Post Title By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Business is evolving so fast that government regulators are struggling to keep up. But here in Kansas City, we’re starting to lead. I’ve had plenty to say about how Kansas City is losing negotiations...

The GDPR: Why You Should Care & How to Comply

The GDPR: Why You Should Care & How to Comply

The GDPR: Why You Should Care & How to Comply By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law What is the GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new legal framework which the European Union will use to protect the personal information of European...

7 Tips to Make Your Taxes Easier Next Year

7 Tips to Make Your Taxes Easier Next Year

7 Tips to Make Your Taxes Easier Next Year By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law One negative side effect of entrepreneurship is dealing with taxes. But you can use the seven tips in this article to make your life easier next tax season. 1. First, understand how...

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2018

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2018

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2018 By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Our presentation was selected again for WordCamp Kansas City! Join us to learn the Five Legal Issues Every Freelancer Should Understand. You can buy tickets and learn about WordCamp...

Lessons on Leadership from Ex-Navy SEALs

Lessons on Leadership from Ex-Navy SEALs

Lessons on Leadership from Ex-Navy SEALs By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Lessons on personal responsibility, leadership, and how to take extreme ownership of your life. Retired Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin led military units in Iraq which are often...

A New Ritual in 2018: The Daily Stoic

A New Ritual in 2018: The Daily Stoic

A New Ritual in 2018: The Daily Stoic By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law I’d never studied Stoicism before, but this daily ritual has improved my life after just one month. Throughout 2018 I’m reading Ryan Holiday’s book, The Daily Stoic: 366...

The Best Entrepreneurial Resources in Kansas City

The Best Entrepreneurial Resources in Kansas City

The Best Entrepreneurial Resources in Kansas City By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law January 1st marks my four-year anniversary of “being my own boss.” And while the last four years have been exhilarating, they have also brought on plenty of stress and speed...

Can You Trademark a #Hashtag?

Can You Trademark a #Hashtag?

Can You Trademark a #Hashtag? By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Hashtags. Love ’em or hate ’em, they are everywhere. But can you trademark a hashtag and prevent other businesses from using it? Last night during the “Cause if you like it, put a Ⓡ...

10 Reasons to Vote YES for a New KCI Terminal

10 Reasons to Vote YES for a New KCI Terminal

10 Reasons to Vote YES for a New KCI Terminal By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Kansas City needs a new airport terminal. And guess what! You can help make that happen. All you have to do is vote on November 7th in favor of the new airport. Here are 10 reasons why...

How to Use the DMCA to Stop Copyright Infringers

How to Use the DMCA to Stop Copyright Infringers

How to Use the DMCA to Stop Copyright Infringers By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law If someone steals your work and publishes it online, you can probably take it down using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Today was not the first time (and it won’t be the...

Startups for Net Neutrality – Sign the Letter!

Startups for Net Neutrality – Sign the Letter!

Startups for Net Neutrality – Sign the Letter! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law ISPs should not be allowed to discriminate with respect to the content it transmits. That is the heart of what is known as Net Neutrality. I’ve written about this...

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2017

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2017

Join Venture Legal at WordCamp Kansas City 2017 By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law If you want to learn about entrepreneurship and the law, join us at 3pm on April 28th! [EDIT: My talk was moved to 3pm.] I’m excited to announce that my topic, What...

People Who Use Chrome or Firefox Are More Productive

People Who Use Chrome or Firefox Are More Productive

People Who Use Chrome or Firefox Are More Productive By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Research shows that your browser choice is an indicator of how likely you are to succeed. Adam Grant’s book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, contains a...

Missouri Closed Tesla… You Should Help Bring it Back!

Missouri Closed Tesla… You Should Help Bring it Back!

Missouri Closed Tesla… You Should Help Bring it Back! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Update: The Court of Appeals issued a ruling allowing Tesla to obtain a new license for 2017 while the company appeals the lower court’s ruling. This is a positive...

Fellow Lawyers, Please Stop Writing Numbers Twice!

Fellow Lawyers, Please Stop Writing Numbers Twice!

Fellow Lawyers, Please Stop Writing Numbers Twice! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Writing numbers twice is unnecessary. It’s legalese, hard to read, and worse, more likely to cause a mistake. Let’s stop doing it! Let me explain why it should...

7 Tech Companies Helping Kansas City – KC IPP Demo Day

7 Tech Companies Helping Kansas City – KC IPP Demo Day

7 Tech Companies Helping Kansas City – KC IPP Demo Day By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law I attended the Kansas City Innovation Partnership Demo Day tonight at the Sprint Accelerator to learn about seven tech startups in the city’s Innovation Partnership...

Starting a Business? Don’t Create an Accidental Partnership!

Starting a Business? Don’t Create an Accidental Partnership!

Starting a Business? Don’t Create an Accidental Partnership! By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law Starting a business is exciting. But in the whirlwind that surrounds getting started, it is easy to make a huge mistake that can lead to a host of legal problems. In this...

Tesla Sues Michigan (and I hope they win)

Tesla Sues Michigan (and I hope they win)

Tesla Sues Michigan (and I hope they win) By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law States like Missouri and Michigan that ban Tesla’s direct-to-consumer sales model should be ashamed of their anti-innovation policies. My wife and I bought a new car last week. We love the...

Horseback Law (by Google)

Horseback Law (by Google)

Horseback Law (by Google) By Chris Brown, Founder of Pixel Law While reading How Google Works I came across a section talking about “Horseback Law.” According to the authors, lawyers using old school practice methods can’t keep up with fast-moving...