Week in Review: March 12, 2012

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:

The Best Place for Free, Customized Contracts: Andrew Legrand makes it easier for all the boot-strappers out there with his guest post on customizable contracts to reduce company costs. If you are not in the position to hire an attorney, a free contract template may just what you need to get started drafting a tailored contract.

LSU Alumi Association to Host Demo Night in April: The LSU Flores MBA Alumni Association-Louisiana Chapter will host its first annual Demo Night on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Demo Night is designed for those looking to raise capital for their startup and who have a passion for entrepreneurship in the capital city. Submissions are due by March 19th!

NOLAbound Visitors Prepare to Take on the Big Easy: NOLAbound participants arrive this Wednesday. Contributor Adriana Lopez provides us with information about the schedule of events and a few of the visitors. She has already spoken with Chris Boyd, Arabella Proffer, and Charlie d’Estries, with more interviews to come.

Idea Village to Award Up To $100,000 to Winning Startup at The Big Idea: The Idea Village’s Big Idea is a first-of-its-kind pitch competition featuring 19 of New Orleans’ most promising startups  as they vie for up to $100,000 on March 16th.

March Net2NO Recap: A Gumbo of Entrepreneurial Awesomeness: Panelists during this month’s Net2NO meetup aimed to build local business and bring talent to the city. They discussed various events happening soon including the Idea Village’s Big Idea, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, and Launch Fest.

Know Your Options: Grants of Employee Stock Options vs. Grants of Restricted Stock: John Olagues explains the difference between employe stock options and restricted stock. Sometimes the employee, rather than the company, gets to decide. In that case, one should keep in mind: taxes, value, risk, potential gain, cash flows, earnings, and interest alignment.

Alex Osterwalder Talks Iteration, Global Business, and Visual Thinking on Recent Trip to New Orleans: Molly sat down with author/entrepreneur Alex Osterwalder after his talk at GROWCO. As co-creator of the Business Model Canvas, he had great insights into entrepreneurship and building businesses, as well as creative uses of the Canvas.

Top MBA Students Skip Spring Break to Lend Brainpower to New Orleans Entrepreneurs: The Idea Village’s IDEAcorps initiative is a program that recruits teams of top MBA students to work closely with six Idea Village Entrepreneurs during NOEW. Believe it or not, the students are willingly here not for course credit, but for spring break.

New York Startups Band Together to Offer a $5000 Bonus to New Hires: Seven startups in NYC (Dispatch, Aviary, Yipit, Ordr.in, ChatID, and Tutorspree) have come together to found the Come Work in New York group. The group is offering a cash bonus for employees to come work at any of the seven companies.

Louisiana Startup Bus: Clrme.com – Score Your Life [VIDEO]: The Louisiana Startup Bus finally reached Austin Friday night. The Clrme.com team (Ben Jacobson, Benjamin Reece, and Natalie Gillis) made an impressive video on the road about the startup’s design as a social platform for getting honest feedback on how you perform in your personal, work, and love life.

Clrme, Monamee, Siftpro, Shopcurl, Scoringo: The Louisiana Startup Bus Companies: We found out Sunday that Clrme, Monamee, Siftpro, Shopcurl, and Scoringo were the companies on the Louisiana Startup Bus. We are also pleased to announce that out of all the Startup Bus companies, Scoringo made the finals!