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Before Founder Shield, Carl spent the first years of his career in roles across the venture ecosystem. From venture due diligence at Originate Ventures to growth hacking and modeling for portfolio companies at Dreamit Ventures to M&A negotiations at Pepper Hamilton, he’s seen how companies succeed (and fail) from all angles. When Carl met Benji, he was instantly energized by the possibility of rethinking the way the insurance industry worked through technology, best in class customer service, and cutting-edge marketing and branding. When he’s not dreaming about insurance, he’s probably out in the Rockaways surfing — winter, summer, rain, or shine.

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September 6 • Thought Leadership

FS Monthly Roundup: August 2018

August 2018 edition of our monthly round-up where we highlight the best of what’s going on in the tech world (and our office). This month we featured Littlstar, Jackpocket and Reply.ai

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August 1 • Thought Leadership

Founder Shield Monthly Roundup: July 2018

July 2018 edition of our monthly round-up where we highlight the best of what’s going on in the world (and our office). Insurance insights, tech news & more

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July 13 • EPLI

My Employee Is Suing Me. What Should I do?

1 in 5 businesses gets hit with a lawsuit from a former or current employee. We discuss the various types of employee lawsuits and actions businesses should take to reduce the risk of being sued.

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July 3 • Thought Leadership

Founder Shield Monthly Roundup: June 2018

Our first ever monthly round-up where we highlight the best of what’s going on in the world (and our office). Everything from Insurance insights, tech news, our awesome clients to what albums we have on repeat.

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December 18 • Errors & OmissionsRisk Management

Errors and Omissions Risks Checklist for Startups

We track down Tech Errors and Omissions policies for the majority of the companies we work with.  It’s extremely important coverage for anyone leveraging technology or social media, which most startups constantly do.   Even using things as simple as AWS or Facebook login can expose your company to a lawsuit,  and in a fast-paced,

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October 27 • Cyber LiabilityDirectors & OfficersEPLIErrors & OmissionsRisk Management

Startup Risk Tips: Optimizing your Insurance Policies

  Insurance should be seen as more of an investment than a cost, but given the busy and chaotic lives of Founders, it sometimes becomes a check-the-box activity.  When utilized properly, companies can get value from their policies well beyond that generated by a “set it and forget it” approach.  Here are a few tips to optimize your insurance

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September 13 • Directors & OfficersErrors & OmissionsGeneral Liability

Pivoting? You should probably call your insurance broker

It’s been a tough year for retail. Just ask J.C. Penny, Macy’s or Target. As e-commerce continues to overtake retail (thanks Amazon), traditional retailers need to employ different strategies to satisfy customers. In other words, it’s time to start pivoting. Startups are all too familiar with pivoting, and many startups do so at least once. Sounds

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April 13 • General LiabilityProduct Liability

Business insurance 101: commercial drone insurance

Drones are hotter than ever. From Amazon’s plan to deliver merchandise to the Super Bowl’s electric halftime show, drones are here to stay! It’s predicted that there will be 7 million drones in the airspace by 2020 with 2.7 million of them dedicated to commercial use. But what exactly is a drone? What is their

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March 14 • Property

Navigate your business property insurance policy as gracefully as a gazelle

Understanding business property insurance policy forms & the perils they cover Day to day business operations are strenuous enough.  And who has time to read through every line of their property insurance policy? We’re here to take on the legwork to ensure our clients are properly protected. Our goal is to simplify all of this industry-specific

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March 6 • Key Man

Key Man Insurance: VCs – You’re Doing it Wrong

Given our relationships with a lot of early stage VCs in around the country, we do a ton of Key Man Insurance policies.  If you’re unfamiliar with these, Key Man policies are basically a life insurance policy that pays out to the company if anything happens to the “Key Man.”  And if you’re unfamiliar with

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February 28 • Errors & Omissions

Professional Liability Insurance: What You Need to Know (by Industry!)

So you’ve probably heard of professional liability insurance (aka errors and omissions Insurance). In brief, professional liability insurance protects the professional services industry from negligence claims that result in the financial loss of a third party (typically your clients) arising from an act, error, or omission committed in the course of the policyholder’s performance of services

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December 14 • Property

Your Business Insurance Covers Stolen Laptops. Here’s How.

The holiday season is upon us!  Time to lock up the offices and head home to spend some time with family and friends.  Everyone’s taking some time off, right? Unfortunately, it’s ‘one of the busiest and most lucrative times of the year for criminals. It’s not uncommon for us Founder Shield folks to come back from

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November 25 • Thought Leadership

Startups Giving Us More to be Thankful For (2016 Edition!)

  The holiday season is upon us, and there’s a lot to be grateful for.  Extra time spent with family and friends, good food, cooler weather…and plenty of startups doing good in the world.  Just as in previous years, we want to highlight some of those companies that are making a difference. e-NABLE Have a 3-D

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November 21 • Cyber LiabilityErrors & OmissionsGeneral Liability

Insurance for Bitcoin Companies

The Space Bitcoin use has been exploding lately, with recent (September 2013) numbers suggesting that over 66,000 bitcoin transactions occur each day!  More and more e-commerce platforms and vendors accept Bitcoin as payment each day to the point where the market cap is currently $1.6B and only expected to grow. Needless to say, the bitcoin

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October 13 • Cyber Liability

Why High-Growth Businesses Need Social Engineering Insurance

Social engineering insurance – a primer When we mention “cyber insurance” to most clients, they tend to immediately picture situations like the target or yahoo data breaches.  They picture some mystery mastermind on the dark web scheming up an elaborate plan to crack firewalls and compromise networks. While that clearly happens more than we’d all like, it’s not the only threat

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September 21 • Risk ManagementWorker's Compensation

How Insurance Companies Measure Payroll (and Bill You For It)

Payroll is payroll, right? If you’re a growing business operating in the 21st century, you’ve most likely read about or experienced the importance of separating salaried employees from 1099 workers (Independent Contractors).  If you’re less well-read on the subject, bottom line is this: at the end of the year, your workers compensation insurance carrier will “audit”

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August 19 • Worker's Compensation

Beware: On-Demand Company Workers Compensation Costs

Update: We’ve released a new whitepaper examining the Sharing Economy industry. We dive into the insurance landscape, legal climate and how to approach risk management for companies in this sector. You can download the report here!   The Hidden Insurance Costs of the 1099 Economy It’s no secret that independent contractors (or “1099s”) are a

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August 2 • Cyber Liability

Pokemon Go, Harry Potter, & Augmented Reality Insurance Risks

  Are you one of the 30 million worldwide users who has downloaded Pokemon Go in the last few weeks? It’s likely, since the app has been downloaded more times in its short existence than Tinder has over the past four years. Regardless of whether you run around chasing Pokemon in your day-to-day, chances are

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July 22 • Intellectual PropertyRisk Management

Patent and IP Insurance: Protect Your Ideas

  So what exactly is the value of an idea? These days it can make or break your business.   There has been a 71% increase in patent lawsuits over the last 6 years. There was a mind-blowing number – 2,754 to be exact – of patent infringement lawsuits filed in 2015; for which the

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July 13 • Risk Management

FS101: Minimum On-Demand Delivery Insurance Requirements

Update: We’ve released a new whitepaper examining the Sharing Economy industry. We dive into the insurance landscape, legal climate and how to approach risk management for companies in this sector. You can download the report here! Basic risk management tips for on-demand delivery companies We work with no shortage of on-demand companies operating in the ride share, car

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June 29 • Risk Management

Business Insurance 101: HealthTech, Health Marketplaces, & Telemedicine

So here’s what Medical Marketplaces, HealthTech and Telemedicine Companies need to know about Insurance. Healthcare is undergoing a tech revolution brought on by the new breed of venture-backed tech companies. You can now shop for your doctors with services like Zocdoc and Doctor.com which allow consumers to file through medical providers in their network based on written reviews and

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May 6 • Risk Management

Behind the Scenes: Quoting Insurance for Scaling Companies

This Little Piggy Went to the Market: Behind the Scenes of Quoting Insurance Let’s go shopping! Think of the insurance market like cialis pas cher a fruit market.  You want the fresh, clean, beautiful fruit that’s in season!  You shop around, check for bruises or marks, and then decide which fruit to buy. The way

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