Over the last few years as our startup ecosystem has grown, it has become common practice for startups facing financial constraints to ‘offer’ unpaid internship opportunities to more often than not younger aged people. A lot of the time these ‘internships’ are built on the hope that it will lead to a paid job in the company, or at the very least give the incumbent ‘free worker’ some really great exposure on what it is really like to work at a startup.
The legal industry is famous for its traditions and formality and, as a result, doesn’t exactly have a reputation for innovation. Of course, there a handful of legal professionals working in the background trying to change the way things are done. The last few years have seen new firms arise looking to provide people with greater access to legal services than traditional firms, which bill by the hour at prices unaffordable for the majority.
Doing one thing and doing it well – like targeting one specific industry vertical – has worked for many Australian startups. Companies like Safety Culture with its iAuditor product for OH&S personnel is a classic example of this, and now Sydney based startup BarBooks, founded by Joshua Knackstredt and Pouyan Afshar is looking to dominate the accounting software space its own specific niche: barristers.
Online legal services startup LegalVision has announced the acquisition of Capacity HQ, a curated marketplace of consultant lawyers.
Sydney based startup LegalVision announced this morning it has just finalised a Series A round of funding to the amount of $1.2 million.
The list of Uber’s enemies is a long one. It includes everyone from politicians to taxi lobbyists and the general public to its own drivers. I have been saying on quite a regular basis in the last couple of months that a war is brewing in the transport market.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has recently released a report called Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era, setting out recommendations to strengthen people’s privacy in the digital environment, including to give victims of serious invasions of digital privacy the right to sue.
We need to avoid the disaster US startups are facing when it comes to employment lawsuits; and the best way to do this is by not following their lead. Doing so is dangerous, and could end up costing you your dreams.
In his years of practicing law, Jeremy Tompkins came across numerous entrepreneurs who failed to get the legal advice they needed; and as a result, suffered from crippling legal problems.
It would have been easy to miss the news that the Australian Government have struck a deal with cross bench MP’s in order to pass their new 457 VISA crackdown scheme by this Thursday.
A common theme with start-ups is the hunt for cheap (read: free) labour – and with a pool of eager-beaver workers (read: students looking for a CV-booster) putting their hand up to work for peanuts, it is very tempting for over-worked founders to get some “interns” to share the load.