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NBC News reports on suit filed by U.S. government against contractor USIS: "DOJ accuses firm that vetted Snowden of faking 665,000 background checks." Your taxpayer dollars at work:
Amazed this hasn't gotten more play today: Contractor #USIS (which vetted #Snowden & Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis) faked 665,000 background checks it was hired to do for sensitive US govt. positions according to new suit filed by DOJ: 
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This makes a ton of sense.
My latest for @DJVentureWire-- "An Ohio startup called Crowdentials Inc. has raised $300,000 for technology that verifies accredited investors online so that when they attempt to put their money into startups, funds or other assets, the process goes smoothly, with little paperwork and no delays." This tech is also available to other crowdfunding cos. as an API so they can "outsource" investor verification and focus on linking startup founders to potential backers on their platforms.
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Why it’s OK that VCs are selling fewer companies - by danprimack Fortune Magazine #startups
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Mandela stands among precious few in the past century who laid their hands upon the arc of history and bent it toward enduring justice. #RIPNelsonMandela
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Love +Steve Blank's description here:
“Accelerator Demo Days are a combination of graduation ceremony and pitch contest, with the uncomfortable feel of a swimsuit competition.” Steve Blank •
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Just couldn't resist.
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Why it’s OK that VCs are selling fewer companies - by danprimack Fortune Magazine #startups
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This is really good. I once heard a psychologist observe that "victim" status by definition is the polar opposite of empowerment — so feeling sorry for oneself (even for good reason) is disempowering. Then there's a causal connection between being a victim and a sense of entitlement (i.e., "The world owes me ___ because of ___") — which is another trap on the list.
Number one thing mentally strong people avoid is feeling sorry for themselves...there are 12 other important behaviors to read about in this column
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Happy Thanksgiving, Antone!
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Business lawyer for lean startups emphasizing social media, Web 2.0, digital media, mobile and other IP-intensive growth companies; prolific commentator
  • Bottom Line Law Group
    Founding Principal, 2009 - present
    VP, Legal Affairs, 2006 - 2009
  • Interactive Media
    Asst. General Counsel, 2004 - 2006
  • Gemstar-TV Guide
    Director, Corporate Counsel, 2002 - 2004
  • Excite@Home
    Corporate Counsel, 2000 - 2002
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
    Attorney, 1998 - 2000
  • Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
    Attorney, 1995 - 2000
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San Francisco and Santa Monica, CA
Menlo Park and Palo Alto, CA - New York City - San Francisco Bay Area - Williamstown, MA - Cambridge, UK
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Lawyer, advisor, executive, commentator immersed in social Web and mobile tech entrepreneurship

For more than 17 years, Antone Johnson has served as a business lawyer, advisor and advocate representing startups, emerging growth technology and media companies, entrepreneurs and investors in a wide range of corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters.  Growing up in Menlo Park and Palo Alto, California, he came to respect the unique culture of innovation that characterizes Silicon Valley, the world's leading center of technology entrepreneurship.  Supplementing this background with years of experience in Wall Street dealmaking and the creative environment of Hollywood, Antone has developed a valuable perspective on strategic matters that lie at the intersection between business, law, public policy, technology and media.

Prior to founding Bottom Line Law Group, Antone served as Vice President, Legal Affairs at eHarmony, Inc., where he built the in-house legal function from scratch to serve the rapidly evolving needs of a growing, profitable $200+ million international business.  For three years, he directed the company's internal and external legal and government affairs teams, including more than a dozen law firms across five countries, to support the worldwide operations of its flagship eHarmony® dating service and its network of content and community sites.  Throughout his tenure at eHarmony, Antone served as primary legal advisor to the senior management team and Board of Directors in corporate and commercial transactions, corporate governance, shareholder relations, litigation strategy, crisis communications and risk management.

Antone has deep roots in the consumer Internet and digital media industries, having served as a legal executive at pioneering broadband Internet content and access provider Excite@Home from 2000 to 2002; media, entertainment and technology company Gemstar-TV Guide from 2002 to 2004; and Intermix Media, Inc., which operated during its period of hyper-growth and global expansion, culminating in the company's $650 million sale in 2005 to Fox Interactive Media.  Prior to Excite@Home, Antone spent four years in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the world's preeminent technology law firm, as well as Wall Street firm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he represented emerging growth technology companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures, technology and content licensing transactions and general corporate matters.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia University, where he earned the honor of Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a B.A. cum laude in Economics from Williams College.

Antone is proud to be named one of Venture Hacks' recommended "social startup lawyers" and an advisor at Founders' Space.  He has provided pro bono legal support to Crisis Commons' CrisisCamp Haiti project and serves as a resource to seed-stage startups and entrepreneurs at pariSoma Innovation Loft in San Francisco and CoWorks Space in Santa Monica.  He serves as an advisor or board member at several early stage startups in Northern and Southern California and is a prolific commentator, contributing to the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes and Gust Blog, among others, as well as his own blog at Mashtag, and daily Twitter feed.  Antone was honored as a Quora "Top Writer" in 2012.

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Delivered newspapers on Steve Jobs' block as a kid.
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