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Patent!

iLiv has been granted a US Patent!Patent_291x434

This is huge achievement for a start-up, and everyone involved deserves a big round of applause. Special kudos to the four inventors: Karen Tucker, Jean Gagliardi, Sergei Rybakov and Andrew Culver, as well as to Stephan Georgiev and his team at our patent attorneys Smart & Biggar.

iLiv All-In is full of inventiveness. And there’s more to come.

Software patents have taken a credibility hit in recent years, with some really silly patents being granted. Remember the “One-click checkout” patent? And patent trolls — firms that don’t even try to market products but exist solely to extort money from those who do — are rightly condemned for bringing no value to society.

But we’re not in that game. We work hard every day to help our customers work better together on better and better processes. We invent to be of service. We think our patent is a pretty cool and valid thing.

Furthermore, and because of all the patent nonsense around recently, the USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) has not been feeling very generous. They’ve been stung, and have gotten parsimonious because of it. They raised the bar, and we leapt over it.

All the more reason for us to say: Check out iLiv All-In if you want to see how the future of work is being invented.

2012 Wrap Up

Hello World and welcome to the iLiv blog.

We are due to begin blogging in 2013, but I thought a year-end wrap up was a good idea. It gives me chance to warm up as winter comes on.

iLiv has been a startup since 2005, and we still feel like we are starting up. Mostly this has to do with our vision — to change the way people think and work online — and global change can be sloooow. It is happening though.

2012 has been an amazing year for us. Here’s a short list of some of the nice things that happened:

  • iLiv All-In version 2 had it’s 2nd birthday; we launched October 25, 2010 with 12,000 projects ported over from version 1; our 20,000th project was created on September 12, 2012; as I write this, there are 21,301  and all systems are go!
  • We signed a new, two-year contract with long-term customer GBCI; All-In helps GBCI deliver certifications of all LEED projects worldwide (Canada and India excluded).
  • Bill Reed moved from being an advisor to being a partner—we are working to get his ideas on people relationship mapping into a future release—welcome Bill!
  • And Barbara Batshalom is beginning to build up a process in All-In for the Sustainable Performance Institute.
  • We attended our first Bioneers with Paul, Marta, and John Kephart of Rana Creek and Megan White of Webcor Builders; it’s a nice, calm conference with a broad scope of interest; and there we met:
  • Eric Corey Freed, who got All-In in a hurry and is now an iLiv advisor.
  • iLiv’s Karen Tucker spoke at Living Future 2012 at a session with Ann Edminster and Christine Magar.
  • iLiv’s Andrew Culver celebrated John Cage’s centeniary with a lecture in Vienna, Austria, a bit of opera direction in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and an installation in Victoria, Canada.
  • And we worked our first trade show booth ever, at Greenbuild 2012 in San Francisco, where thanks to the innovative and generous spirit of Megan White and Phil Williams of Webcor Builders, we were part of a small group of innovative companies invited to enliven their big booth; it was a full booth every day, and it showed to the entire conference the value of sharing, working together, and building relationships based on vision and meaning; and the booth was also a photo booth!—check out some photos here; Webcor rocks.

A little more about Phil and Megan of Webcor. Every startup dreams of having innovative early adopters who posses the imagination to sense something new and meaningful, the courage to immediately act on it in pursuit of a strategic opportunity, and the generosity to tell the world what they have found and why it is so valuable.

Phil and Megan are iLiv’s picture perfect early adopters, and we can’t thank them enough. And they’re fun!