The secret is out - bad actors from around the world have been stealing trade secrets from United States companies for years. By hook or by crook, through computer chips and group chats, time and again these groups have stolen intellectual property from American companies. As companies and our government respond to these persistent breaches, it is imperative that business owners big and small expand their security systems and protect themselves against future attacks. Here are a few steps startups can take to secure their IP. Disaster Recovery Site Fish, ransom and malware are deployed on a [...]
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The Cannon Classroom - Building Your Brand Jake Askew, Cannon Ventures Developing a strong and consistent brand can often be the competitive advantage that sets you apart by allowing you to better understand and connect with your clients. Too often today brand development is dismissed as a logo and color scheme while it is much more than that. Dirk Van Slyke, Co-Founder of local marketing consulting practice (and one of our original members) Statistical Vision has over 25 years of brand management experience. He thinks of a brand as “a relationship with your constituencies that is either strengthened or weakened [...]
Cannon Ventures Hosts Second Successful Pitch Night Jake Askew, Cannon Ventures Over 100 potential Houston-area investors filled The Cannon last night for Cannon Ventures' second successful pitch night, this time focused on Houston area startups with female founders or co-founders. As the crowd settled, they were welcomed by The Cannon and Cannon Ventures CEO Lawson Gow, who highlighted the The Cannon’s mission to help grow Houston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the need for investors to step up and help keep these exciting startups in Houston. Following Gow’s rousing call to action, Houston Rockets on-court host and our emcee for the night, [...]
The Cannon Teams Up with Chevron Technology Ventures to Trigger Innovation in Houston [Houston, Texas | January 22, 2019] The Cannon, a co-working space and entrepreneurial hub on the west side of Houston, has announced a partnership with Chevron’s corporate venture capital group, Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV). The Cannon is set to become the epicenter of a new 30+ acre campus 15 miles west of Downtown Houston that aims to help Houston-based startups, entrepreneurs and investors grow and scale. The Cannon is also home to Cannon Ventures, the coupling of a venture studio and an investor network that seeks to [...]
Startups 101 - Convertible Notes Jake Askew - Cannon Ventures Fundraising can be the most challenging aspect of starting a company. And in those early stages, there are times when a founder might run into the need for additional capital sooner than expected. Rather than jump straight into a Series A round of fundraising and the level of work and commitment that goes along with that, entrepreneurs have options. Perhaps the most common (and commonly misunderstood) of those options? A convertible note. Below is a quick overview to help give first-time founders a big picture viewpoint on this potentially beneficial [...]