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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of July 31, 2016

  • 8.5.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

WilmerHale Partnership with Leading FinTech Accelerator Culminates in First NY Demo Day
It’s been a busy summer of sponsorships here at WilmerHale! In case you missed it, we’re very proud to have worked with Startupbootcamp’s first-ever FinTech New York accelerator over the last three months. The 10 participant companies were recently showcased at a stellar event—check out our summary at the link above and more great coverage.

Cornell Law Prof is Betting on Tech as Key to Ukraine Resurgence
We’re just as excited about our ongoing partnership with Cornell University’s programs for entrepreneurs and technologists. For the last two years, Cornell Law professor Charles Whitehead has lectured in Ukraine (and our very own Jeff Stein joined for several classes) on the importance of tech investment as a catalyst for broader socioeconomic recovery.  

The Surprising Place Where Activists Are Fixing Society's Problems
And though social entrepreneurship can have a remarkable impact abroad, it’s also making change here at home, as public servants transition to tech (we’ve even heard the president’s thinking about it) and tech’s voice in Washington gets louder and louder. 

Here's What US Companies With EU Employees and Customers Need To Do
We mentioned last week that the new “Privacy Shield,” which regulates data transfers between the US and EU, affects borderless startups on both sides of the pond and is not without its critics. However, the regulation is moving forward and an official online registration service for companies is intended to ease the transition. If you’re a US company with European users, sign up here to get compliant early. (Bonus link: attorneys from our Washington DC office recently presented a session on Privacy Policies and Data Security for Startups—check out the videos for a free primer!) 

7 Venture Capitalists Weigh In on Why They Decided to Invest
Speaking of free advice, we love when VCs weigh in on what wins them over about their portfolio companies. Here’s a short but sweet collection of quick takes. 

Reality Check: The Technology Behind “Pokemon Go”
If you’re taking a break from playing Pokemon Go to read this post, then this is the link for you! The world’s most-downloaded mobile game is turning heads in the startup world toward augmented reality products. It’s a lesser-known concept than virtual reality, but it might even be better. If you’re new to AR, this piece from the Wharton School has all you need to know. Only time will tell how Silicon Valley reacts. Could AR just be another hype cycle? A social change-maker? We can’t wait to find out. 

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.