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Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Ep 6: Mining for Bitcoins

Tyler Sickmeyer of Fidelitas Development crashes the podcast, offering his perspective on stories about lawsuits surrounding the legitimacy of negative Yelp reviews, the crackdown on Airbnb and the sharing economy, the possibility of Facebook disappearing, and the legalities of fake online profiles.  Tyler also assists Nasir and Matt in answering questions about making employees work on Thanksgiving, the options for business experiencing chargebacks, and accepting Bitcoin as payment. Thanks again to Tyler, who is also raising money for the tornado victims in Illinois. Sickmeyer started his first business in 2005 when he founded RockStock, a concert promotions company, as a student service project in his honors program. Over the next few years Sickmeyer balanced a full load of classes, his company, and college basketball before leaving school to focus on his true passions: basketball and business. In 2008, Sickmeyer launched 5Stone Marketing, now known as Fidelitas Development. Sickmeyer is actively involved… Read More

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Ep. 5: Bean Counting with the IRS

This week Nasir and Matt discuss the legalities of Google’s virtual library, the lawsuit brought by Yelp reviewers, and watching porn in the workplace.  They also discuss the IRS shifting its audit focus with the help of Brad Gastineau of Gatto, Pope & Walwick, LLP.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about employees making special requests if there is some underlying disability, the best state to form an LLC for tax purposes, and what you can require your employees to wear. Here’s the link of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’s rant on Chicago deep dish.

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Episode 4: Sauce vs. Crust

This week’s episode features stories about restaurant trade secrets, the falling out of a coffee shop partnership, and the assumption of risk involved in attending sporting events.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about what a business should trademark, getting compensated for free services, and how to fire an employee.  Matt also recounts his experience at The Founders Fight Club and the two get into heavy debate over the most important pizza component.                      

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Episode 3: Big Yellow Taxi

In their third episode, Nasir and Matt debate the significance of company culture, voice their opinions on legal directories, and discuss a newly formed taxi cab union.  They also answer questions about an employee taking his company’s domain name, whether it’s better to purchase or start a business, and the difference between employees and independent contractors.

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Episode 2: Chicago's Deep Dish Pizza

Nasir and Matt discuss the questionable business decision that led to Deepak Chopra’s lawsuit, a new insight into Twitter’s valuation, the class action lawsuit of the week involving some big names participating in no-hire pacts, and new SEC proposals for crowdfunding.  Nasir and Matt also answer questions about ending a business partnership, the effect of non-competes, making offers over Facebook, and a bad tax decision for businesses.

Nasir Pasha & Matt Staub

Episode 1: Basement Slave Labor

In our first episode, we answer questions sent to Top Floor Legal regarding the legal needs of businesses.  We also cover the most recent Amazon lawsuit, the Legal Zoom v. Rocket Lawyer case, and the situation surrounding Arian Foster taking himself public.  We close by discussing a perplexing blog post on how to draft your own contract.