Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner.

The four most common IP mistakes – Intellectual property is the most valuable asset of a tech company, but too many fail to protect it properly. Attorney Scott Edward Walker runs down some of the biggest lapses he has seen startups make.

The most unlikely place to find startup funding – It’s rough finding venture capital these days, but Alegis Capital founder and managing director Robert R. Ackerman, Jr. points out that sometimes, your best partner is an existing corporation. Ackerman offers insight on the advantages of working with Goliath, versus fighting him all the time.

Sometimes, conflict between VCs and entrepreneurs is a good thing – Entrepreneurs and their financial backers often try to find some kind of alignment to keep things on an even keel. But venture capitalist Jeff Bussgang says the only way to truly achieve alignment is to occasionally dive head-first into misalignments.

Eliminating gatekeepers helps talent thrive – John Caplan, founder of OpenSky and former CEO of Ford Models has had to say no to people thousands of times. But, he says, that role is quickly becoming extinct, thanks to the thriving open source software and tech platforms. The result, he says, could be a boom time for entrepreneurs.

5 not-so-easy steps to managing your brand online – There’s a lot of lip service about integrating social networks with your business, but Brian Solis, author of “Engage,” notes to really take advantage of this industry, you’ll have to take some hard steps.