Opinion

Let’s Work Together to Create Modern Regulations in Kansas City

For Kansas City to thrive in the future, we must be smart about regulating new technology platforms today. Among the many things I've learned serving on the Policy Committee of the KC Tech Council is that there are thousands of technology job openings in the region, yet not enough highly-skilled technology professionals to fill those jobs. [...]

By | 2017-05-12T20:03:38+00:00 May 12th, 2017|News & Events, Opinion, Regulations, Startups|

Startups for Net Neutrality – Sign the Letter!

ISPs should not be allowed to discriminate with respect to the content it transmits. That is the heart of what is known as Net Neutrality. I've written about this before (here and here) and others have written about it online.... a lot... Google it. The FCC put a legal framework in place in 2015 that [...]

By | 2017-04-21T17:30:49+00:00 April 21st, 2017|Freelancers, News & Events, Opinion, Regulations, Small Business, Startups|

Kansas City Delegation Visits Capitol Hill to Advocate for Tech Education

Innovation is a key force behind a strong 21st century economy; and unless the United States prioritizes technology education, we will fall behind. Last week I was honored to represent Kansas City on Capitol Hill. Together with four other leaders from the KC Tech Council, I attended the annual CompTIA DC Fly-In Conference and met with six [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:51+00:00 February 24th, 2017|News & Events, Opinion, Regulations|

People Who Use Chrome or Firefox Are More Productive Than Their Peers

Research shows that people who use Chrome or Firefox are more productive - but it's not the browser that causes that effect; it's how they live their life. Adam Grant's book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, contains a fascinating example of what makes some people more successful than others. While researching why some customer service agents stayed [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:55+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Good Reads (Books/Blogs/Articles), Opinion|

Missouri Closed Tesla… You Should Help Bring it Back!

Update:The Court of Appeals issued a ruling allowing Tesla to obtain a new license for 2017 while the company appeals the lower court's ruling. This is a positive step forward but due to the language in the current law I think there is a good chance Tesla will lose on appeal. Consequently, updating our dealer laws is still [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:55+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Opinion, Regulations|

Fellow Lawyers, Please Stop Writing Numbers Twice!

Writing numbers twice is unnecessary. It's legalese, hard to read, and worse, more likely to cause a mistake. Let's stop doing it! Let me explain why it should end... Many lawyers love to write numbers twice For example: "Louise agrees to work at Bob's restaurant for ten (10) hours on Saturday." Some lawyers say it provides clarity. [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:56+00:00 December 21st, 2016|Contracts, Opinion|

A Lesson From HBO’s Westworld: Are You Stuck in a Loop?

In this week's episode of HBO's new series Westworld, Dr. Ford said: "We [humans] live in loops as tight and as closed as the hosts do; seldom questioning our choices, content for the most part to be told what to do next." (Hover here if you are not familiar with the show.) It's True: [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:57+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Opinion|

Lawyers Changing the World: Legal Technology Laboratory (LTL) Prototype Jam

I was lucky to attend the Legal Technology Laboratory (LTL) Prototype Jam today at the UMKC School of Law and the Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to hear about various projects in the legal tech space. The people (lawyers, developers, entrepreneurs, and more) behind these projects are doing great things and will no doubt change [...]

By | 2017-03-09T13:43:59+00:00 November 12th, 2016|Legal Tech, News & Events, Opinion|