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Contingency Planning & Disruptions: Preparing for a Typhoon →

Founders Forum is an educational series for entrepreneurs, taught by entrepreneurs and subject matter experts in key areas of focus for all startups. From software engineer to attorney, join Doug Kim, as we we delve into strategies for fortifying your entrepreneurial ventures, allowing them to withstand unforeseen disruptions and planned absences.

About this event

January 17 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



Next Innovation Center
411 University Ridge Greenville, SC 29601 United States SC + Google Map

Founders Forum is an educational series from NEXT designed for entrepreneurs BY entrepreneurs, created to connect and educate founders in core disciplines relevant to all startups and activate the ecosystem at large.

Learn how you can improve your efforts as a founder, walk away with outcomes you can apply directly to your business, and strengthen your relationships with peers and content experts.

Light refreshments will be provided with networking opportunities.

Can Founders Ever Take a Real Vacation?

As an entrepreneur, envision a scenario where you decide to take an extended vacation around the world, intending to disconnect from your business. This might seem like a distant dream for many business owners, especially those who perceive themselves as integral to their company’s operations. Now, picture a situation where, during your vacation, a typhoon strikes, completely isolating you from the outside world and extending your 10-day vacation into a three-week ordeal. Can your business thrive in your absence? This is a real-life experience Doug Kim encountered! As a founder, should you:

  • Abstain from taking vacations altogether?
  • Never sever modern communications while on leave?
  • Establish contingency plans in advance, and if so, what should they entail?

Join us as we delve into strategies for fortifying your entrepreneurial ventures, allowing them to withstand unforeseen disruptions and planned absences. And, start planning that vacation!

Meet Doug Kim

Doug Kim began his professional career as a computer programmer and software engineer. His intellectual property career began in 1998 when he combined his business experience with his legal education and was involved with enforcing a client’s patent against multiple infringers. Since then, Doug has created a well-rounded IP practice that provides legal solutions and strategies tailored to each client from multinational corporations to start-ups. Doug provides his clients with strategies to protect inventions (patents), brands (trademarks), websites, software, apps, music, photos, and websites (copyright, licenses, and Internet law), and trade secret (the “secret sauce”). Through the creation of intellectual property rights and their enforcement, Doug seeks to develop legal strategies that fit clients’ business goals and increase the company’s worth. Doug also assists clients with drafting, negotiating, and reviewing license, assignment, independent contractor, and employment agreements as they pertain to intellectual property and ownership. Doug’s business background and legal education and experience make him well suited to understand the interaction between the legal services available to a client, a company’s available resources, and the client’s business goals.

Doug Kim is not only an Intellectual Property Attorney but he is a great friend of the Greenville entrepreneur ecosystem. Doug co-founded Kim, Lahey & Killough Law Firm in 2018 and has grown from a single lawyer to 16 in 5 years. Not only does he love working with founders but he is one!