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STRIVE TALENT TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR USERS PARTICIPATING IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

Effective Date: July 29, 2019

1.         INTRODUCTION

Thank you for choosing Strive! These Terms and Conditions for users Participating in Learning and Development Programs (the “Terms”) cover your rights and obligations relating to your access and use of the Strive website, service, and related services, which may include a web application, offline services, and/or other related services provided by us as described herein (collectively, the “Service”). These Terms and the Strive Privacy Policy for users Participating in Learning and Development Programs (the “Privacy Policy”) apply to Strive’s coaching service, but do not apply to Strive’s recruiting and job placement services, which are governed by a separate Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which can be found at https://www.strive.co/tos-privacy-policy. All references to “we”, “us”, “our”, “Strive Talent”, or “Strive” refer to Strive Talent Inc., a Delaware corporation. All references to “you”, “your”, or “user” refers to the end-user of the Service, which includes users who seek to use our learning and development software and the Service either in their individual capacity or in connection with user’s employment with the Employer. All references to “Employer”, “your Employer”, or “user’s Employer” refer to the user’s employer in such cases where Strive has entered into a contract with such employer to provide the Service to the employer’s personnel. For the sake of clarity, the Employer is not a party to these Terms. To the extent that you are using the Service in your individual capacity and the fees for your use of the Service are not being paid by your Employer, you agree to pay all applicable fees for your use of the Service as communicated to you by Strive.

 

In addition to these Terms, please review the Privacy Policy (https://www.strive.co/privacypolicy), which describes our practices related to collection and use of your information to provide the Service. These Terms apply to our Privacy Policy as well. By using the Service, you represent and agree that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by both these Terms and our Privacy Policy as binding agreements. Further, you agree that these Terms and our Privacy Policy apply to your past use, if any, of the Service prior to the Effective Date.

 

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THESE TERMS, AS THEY CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES, INCLUDING LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY AND BINDING ARBITRATION. IF YOU DO NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY, YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE SERVICE.

Do not hesitate to contact us at hello@strive.co if you have any questions or want to discuss either of these important documents.

 

These Terms and the Privacy Policy have been updated to comply with the requirements of the data privacy law known as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

2.         AGE POLICY; PERMITTED USERS

We do not intend that the Service be used by anyone under 18 years old. If we learn or have reason to suspect that a user is under 18 years of age, we will promptly revoke the user’s access to the Service and delete any Personal Data (as that term is defined in the Privacy Policy) submitted by that user. Further, you represent and warrant that your use of the Service does not and will not conflict with any pre-existing obligation in conflict or in any way inconsistent with the provisions of these Terms.

3.         USE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES

Strive makes no claim that the Service is appropriate or may be used outside of the United States. If you access the Service from outside of the United States, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with the laws of your jurisdiction.

 

4.         OVERVIEW OF SERVICE

The Service provides a platform for individual users to receive professional development resources. While the Service aims to procure learning and development tools for professionals, nothing within Strive’s Service should be construed to guarantee any particular professional outcome for the user.

 

5.         COACHING PROCESS

For the purposes of promoting an individual’s learning and development, as part of the Service, user may participate in Strive’s group programs and/or individual programs focused on training, coaching, mentoring, and tutoring (the “Strive Programs”) in which a user may work with one or more coaches (each a “Coach” and, collectively, the “Coaches”). These Coaches adhere to the code of ethics of their profession, as enumerated by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

 

Coaching involves a partnership (defined as an alliance, not a legal business partnership) between the Coach and the user. It is designed to facilitate the creation/development of personal, professional or business goals and to develop and carry out a strategy/plan for achieving those goals.

 

User acknowledges that coaching does not involve the diagnosis or treatment of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association and that coaching is not to be used as a substitute for counseling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mental health care, substance abuse treatment, or other professional advice by legal, medical or other qualified professionals and that it is the user’s exclusive responsibility to seek such independent professional guidance as needed. If user is currently under the care of a mental health professional, it is recommended that the user promptly inform the mental health care provider of the nature and extent of the coaching relationship in which user engages as part of the Service.

 

Please be aware that the Coach-user relationship is not considered a legally confidential relationship (like the medical and legal professions) and thus communications are not subject to the protection of any legally recognized privilege. In the course of the Strive Programs, users may disclose to Strive or to Coaches Personal Data about the Employer and their involvement with the Employer which may include, for example, the substantive content of the conversations between user and the Coaches as well as results of evaluations completed by users in the course of the Strive Programs. While Strive may, in its discretion, provide the Employer with general information about user’s engagement, participation, and progress in the Strive Programs, Strive will not disclose any Personal Data to the Employer without approval from the user. Further, Coaches may disclose information received from user to Strive, including Personal Data, for the purpose of providing the Service. For more information on how Strive treats such information, please refer to the Privacy Policy. The foregoing confidentiality obligations do not apply to information that: (a) was in Strive’s or a Coach’s possession prior to its being furnished by the user; (b) is generally known to the public or in the user’s industry; (c) is obtained by the Coach or Strive from a third party, without breach of any obligation to the user; (d) is independently developed by the Coach or Strive without use of or reference to the user’s confidential information; or (e) the Coach or Strive is required by statute, lawfully issued subpoena, or by court order to disclose; (f) is disclosed to the Coach or Strive and as a result of such disclosure the Coach or Strive reasonably believes there to be an imminent or likely risk of danger or harm to the user or others; and (g) involves illegal activity. The user also acknowledges his or her continuing obligation to raise any confidentiality questions or concerns with the Coach or Strive in a timely manner.

 

6.         NO GUARANTEE OF RESULTS

While the Service offers professional development and learning opportunities, Strive does not guarantee that a user will receive any particular result or outcome.

 

7.         YOUR INFORMATION

To access the Service, you will be required to provide information to us (please see our Privacy Policy (https://www.strive.co/privacypolicy) for more information on our practices related to collection and use of your data). If you become aware that an unauthorized third party is using your information to interact with the Service, you must promptly notify us of such use. You agree that we will not be liable for any loss or harm that you incur if someone else uses your information to interact with the Service, either with or without your knowledge, and that you will be solely responsible for such use, whether or not you authorized the use.

 

In addition to the required information, you will be able to provide additional information which may include personal details that you provide voluntarily or that we collect through the Service as part of the functionality of the Service (again, please see our Privacy Policy https://www.strive.co/privacypolicy for more information on our practices related to collection and use of your data). By using the Service, you understand and agree that information about you may, subject to the restrictions contained in these Terms and in our Privacy Policy, be shared with third parties to the extent that Strive determines that such disclosure is in furtherance of the Service.

8.         INFORMATION WE MAKE AVAILABLE TO YOU

As part of the Service, we may provide you with various information in furtherance of the Service. Our intention in doing so is to be helpful and to make the Service more useful to you. However, you agree that all information and suggestions that Coaches or Strive  provides to you through the Service is strictly for informational purposes and shall not be construed or relied upon in any way, and specifically shall not be construed or relied upon as professional advice of any kind including, but not limited to, medical, legal, tax, or other professional advice. You agree that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, and as detailed below in the “Limitation of Liability” section of these Terms, neither Strive nor the Coaches will incur any liability at all whatsoever in the event that your reliance on any information provided by us or by Coaches results in harm or damage to you or your property.

9.         INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US

As a core aspect of the functionality of the Service, you may provide us with information about yourself, by giving us access to information collected by third parties, and by using the Service. By providing this information and content, you grant us the right to use the information and content for the purposes described in these Terms and our Privacy Policy (https://www.strive.co/privacypolicy). While we do not claim ownership over any such information and content that you provide, you agree that we have the right to use such information and content in furtherance of providing the Service and improving the Service over time. Further, by providing us with information and content through the Service, you represent and warrant that you own, or have the full legal authority to distribute, all information that you provide on the Service.

 

In addition, we should not be relied upon as a means to store your data or information and we assume no responsibility for such activities.

 

10.  INAPPROPRIATE AND ILLEGAL CONTENT PROHIBITED

You agree not to post or make available any inappropriate content on the Service including, but not limited to, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening content; content that advocates or encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or foreign law or regulation; content that is misleading or not true; or advertise or otherwise solicits funds for goods or services. If you post inappropriate content, we may remove such content from our servers, and we may suspend or revoke your access to the Service, and we reserve the right to investigate, and seek applicable remedies for, violations of applicable law to the fullest extent of the law.

 

11.  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INFRINGEMENT CLAIMS

We take claims of intellectual property infringement seriously. As such, we reserve the right to suspend and/or revoke access to the Service for any user who is found to have infringed on the intellectual property rights of third parties, or us, or otherwise is found to have violated any intellectual property laws.

 

12.  YOUR USE OF OTHERS’ INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Although you may provide information and content to Strive and to Coaches as part of your use of the Service, you agree to be respectful of others’ intellectual property rights. You may not upload, transmit, or otherwise distribute any information or content in violation of intellectual property laws or proprietary rights of any third parties. If you do not respect a third party’s intellectual property or proprietary rights, you are solely responsible for any violations of law. In addition, you are solely responsible for infringement of third party rights caused by any information that is generated or submitted through your use of the Service.

 

13.  THIRD PARTY SITES AND SERVICES

Our Service is integrated with services provided by third parties as part of the functionality of the Service. We have no control over third parties and make no guarantees about, and assume no responsibility for, the information or services provided by third parties, except to the extent required by GDPR.

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Additionally, we may provide links to third-party websites and businesses. You acknowledge and agree that we are not responsible for the accuracy, content, or functionality of services provided on or by such third-party websites or businesses, and we do not endorse, nor assume any liability related to your use of, such websites or businesses in any way, except to the extent required by GDPR. Nothing on the Service shall be considered an endorsement, representation, or warranty of the practices of any Employer.

 

14.  TERMINATION OF YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE

At any time, you may discontinue your use of the Service. Please visit our Privacy Policy (https://www.strive.co/privacypolicy) to understand how we treat your information when you discontinue your use of the Service.

 

We reserve the right to take action to limit or prevent your access to our Service, if we, in our sole discretion, deem that such action is necessary based on: your use of the Service in a way that would potentially expose us to liability; disruption of the Service by you to others; your violation of these Terms or our Privacy Policy; your violation of any applicable laws, rules, regulations, and agreements that may apply to you.

 

15.  PROPER USE OF THE SERVICE

You shall not violate or attempt to violate any security features of the Service, including, without limitation, (a) accessing content or data not intended for you, or logging onto a server that you are not authorized to access; (b) attempting to probe, scan, or test the vulnerability of the Service, or any associated system or network, or to breach security or authentication measures without proper authorization; (c) interfering or attempting to interfere with service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, by means of submitting a virus to the Service, overloading, “flooding,” “spamming,” “mail bombing,” “crashing,” or undertaking similar activities; and (d) forging any TCP/IP packet header or any part of the header information in any e-mail or in any posting using the Service.

 

16.  OUR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

The software, including all files and images contained in the Service, and accompanying data, as well as all lessons, exercises, learning modules, questionnaires, and other materials, data, information, and processes to which you may have access through the Service (collectively “Our IP”) are the property of Strive or are used with permission from third parties. As part of these Terms, we grant you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, and revocable license to use Our IP solely for the purposes for which it is intended. And, specifically, you may not sell, redistribute, download, export, or reproduce Our IP in any way. You also may not decompile, reverse-engineer, disassemble, or otherwise convert Our IP without our permission. This Section does not apply to any component of Our IP that may be offered under an open source license.

 

17.  DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES; “AS IS”

WE ARE MAKING THE SERVICE AVAILABLE “AS IS” AND, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING THE SERVICE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NONINFRINGEMENT. YOU ASSUME THE RISK OF ANY AND ALL DAMAGE OR LOSS FROM USE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE SERVICE. WE DO NOT WARRANT THAT OPERATION OF THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.

 

18.  LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, WE SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS, OR LOST DATA, REGARDLESS OF THE FORESEEABILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: ANY CLAIM RELATED TO PERSONAL OR BODILY INJURY IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SERVICE; ANY HARM OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY, OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO, YOUR RELIANCE ON INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THE SERVICE; ANY LOSS OR UNAUTHORIZED DISCLOSURE OF DATA; ANY HARM OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY, OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO, YOUR USE OF OR INTERACTION WITH ANY SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH THE SERVICE; AND ANY VIOLATIONS OF APPLICABLE LAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS, AND OTHER AGREEMENTS. THIS LIMITATION SHALL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY OR FORM OF ACTION.

 

IN NO EVENT WILL OUR AGGREGATE LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THESE TERMS AND YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE EXCEED ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS ($100.00).

 

THE LIMITATIONS OF DAMAGES SET FORTH ABOVE ARE FUNDAMENTAL ELEMENTS OF THE BASIS OF THE BARGAIN BETWEEN YOU AND US.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TYPES OF DAMAGES OR CAUSES OF ACTION, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

 

19.  INDEMNIFICATION

In the event that any third party, including without limitation another user or an Employer, brings a claim against us related to your actions, content, information, or any other use of the Service by you, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold us and our agents harmless from and against any and all third party claims, losses, liability, damages, and/or costs (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) relating to such claim. We will notify you promptly of any such claim and will provide you with reasonable assistance, at your expense, in defending any such claim, provided, however, that our failure to so notify you shall not relieve you of your indemnity obligations, but instead shall reduce those obligations by the amount of damages or increased costs and expenses attributable to our failure to give notice. We reserve the right to approve counsel retained by you, to take control of the defense (at our expense) of any claim for which indemnity is required, and to participate in the defense of any claim (at our expense) for which indemnity is required. You may not settle any claim without our prior consent.

 

20.  DISPUTE RESOLUTION

You agree to resolve any dispute, claim, or controversy with Strive arising out of or relating to your use of the Service in the following manner. First, we both agree to attempt in good faith to resolve the dispute informally by contacting each other by email (you can email us at hello@strive.co. Second, if the dispute is not resolved through informal resolution, we both agree to attempt in good faith to resolve the dispute through mediation administered by JAMS, which shall take place in San Francisco, CA, and the costs of which shall be divided equally between you and Strive. Third, if the dispute is not resolved through informal resolution and mediation, we both agree to participate in binding arbitration administered by JAMS, which shall take place in San Francisco, CA.

 

Either you or we may bring a lawsuit solely for injunctive relief without first engaging in the dispute resolution process described above.

 

We both agree that, in the event of arbitration, or in the event of a lawsuit as permitted by this Section or otherwise, the prevailing party shall be entitled to costs and fees (including reasonable attorneys’ fees). Arbitration pursuant to this Section shall be confidential, and neither you, nor Strive, nor the arbitrator may disclose the existence, content or results of any arbitration, except as may be required by law or for purposes of enforcement or appeal of the arbitration award. Judgment on any arbitration award may be entered in any court having proper jurisdiction. There shall be no right or authority for any claims subject to this arbitration clause to be arbitrated on a class action or consolidated basis or on bases involving claims brought in a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public (including, but not limited to, as a private attorney general). If any portion of this arbitration clause is determined by a court to be inapplicable or invalid, then the remainder shall still be given full force and effect.

 

YOU AND STRIVE EACH HEREBY IRREVOCABLY WAIVE ANY AND ALL RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN ANY LEGAL PROCEEDING ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS CONTEMPLATED HEREBY.

Nothing contained in this Section shall limit our ability to take action related to your access to the Service as provided in these Terms.

 

21.  GOVERNING LAW, VENUE, & PERSONAL JURISDICTION

These Terms shall be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware, without regard to conflict of law provisions. In the event that a lawsuit is filed where permitted under the provisions above, or in the event that the provisions above are found not to apply to you or to a given dispute, we both agree that any judicial proceeding will be brought in the federal or state courts of San Francisco County, CA. Both you and we consent to venue and personal jurisdiction there.

 

22.  SEVERABILITY WAIVER

If, for whatever reason, any term or condition in these Terms is found unenforceable, all other terms and conditions will remain unaffected and in full force and effect. The failure to enforce any provision of these Terms is not a waiver of our right to do so later, and no waiver shall be effective unless made in writing and signed by an authorized representative of the waiving party.

 

23.  CHANGES TO THESE TERMS

Strive reserves the right to change these Terms from time to time, with or without notice to you. If you continue to use the Service, you consent to the new Terms. Any changes to these Terms will become effective on the “Effective Date” indicated above. If you continue to use the Service after the Effective Date, you consent to the new Terms. Strive will always have the latest Terms posted on the Service.

 

24.  CONTACT US

If you have any questions about these Terms or our Service, please feel free to contact us by email at hello@strive.co.

 

25.  HEADINGS USED IN THESE TERMS

The section headings contained in these Terms are for reference purposes only and shall not affect the meaning or interpretation of these Terms in any way.