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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of August 7, 2016

  • 8.12.2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

Department of Commerce Now Accepting Privacy Shield Self-Certifications: A Primer for Compliance and Self-Certification
We’ve mentioned many times the US and EU’s new “Privacy Shield” treaty, which protects the privacy of data transfers from European users to American tech companies. If your company has any sort of international user base, don’t lose sight of this important new issue. WilmerHale’s got you covered with this complete breakdown of the treaty and how you can stay compliant. (Bonus link: thoughts from a privacy executive on this first week since the treaty became effective.)

Augmented Reality Games Like Pokémon Go Need a Code of Ethics—Now
The game is no less popular than it was last week, but now the policy issues underlying its AR technology are starting to emerge. It’ll be years before AR and VR are fully and properly regulated, but we’ll be watching.

Banks and Tech Firms Apply Blockchain to Trade Finance
FinTech is huge here in New York, so this little story caught our eye. The blockchain distributed ledger technology behind bitcoin is quickly ascending to the C-suite of traditional financial institutions, who are hungry for new ways to appear transparent and efficient. Who will be the first startup to effectively collaborate with them toward that goal?

How and Why to Send Investor Updates
Getting funded is only the beginning—how do you write updates that meet your investors’ expectations without wasting their precious time (or yours)? Great tips here, and be sure to click through to the links at the end of the article for more. 

How to Tell if Your Small Company Needs to Expand Through Acquisitions
Interesting thoughts direct from a VC: if your growth rate is underwhelming, highly strategic M&A or an asset acquisition might be the boost you need. (Bonus links: keep calm while you’re turning things around, and have you considered new models of recurring revenue?)

Links compiled by Jared Brenner.