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It’s a Secret

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I have been having issues with Non-Disclosure Agreements recently.

One was so broad that showing the to my attorney before signing would have been a prohibited act of disclosure “in the past” at the point of signing.

One defined derivative works so broadly as to have included this article.

Several required me to guess what was confidential.

One defined competitors so broadly as to include 7 entire fields each larger than their field and that they had neither chance nor plan of competing in.

But those aren’t the big problem.

The big problem is that I am supposed to destroy all copies of all confidential data upon request. They are planning to routinely send me confidential data as and on web pages. They expect me to use standard tools that live on my laptop that create temporary files.

And I do backups. (I hope you also do backups — please make sure that you do backups — this has been a public service announcement.)

How in the world would I ever delete all the copies from all the backups?

Would I need to use a separate computer and a separate email address and hope they never sent anything to the wrong place?

As an / consultant / / confidant / super-hero to multiple companies, how could I possibly make it work?

I suppose I should each of the other advisors who have apparently happily signed these documents. If you have just received a link to this article, perhaps you should consider yourself to have been asked.

Or perhaps this is just Part of The Hazards and I should just presume that I won’t actually get sued. Maybe add a clause limiting the damage to a single cup of hot chocolate. I could use one of those about now.

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?? Have you signed one ?? How do you comply?

Written by Russell Brand

Entrepreneur in residence at Founder Institute, he has mentored, performed due diligence on and invested in numerous early stage companies. Hundreds of these early stage companies have described Russell’s insights and advice as the most useful thing in the history of their companies. He has always had an inborn ability to find more valuable uses of new ideas and faster ways to achieve results.

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