Author: Allison Kroeker

A common issue for founders of Silicon Valley startups is finding investors before they have any traction in order to fund the very business operations that will create traction. While founders typically spend a lot of time seeking capital from “angel” investors in order to...

There is no doubt California labor law is friendly to workers while placing corresponding obligations on employers. This is shown to be true time and again by the laws of California, state regulations, and how those laws and regulations are interpreted by the courts of...

An important tool for any business is the Lanham Act, also known as the Trademark Act of 1946, which protects registered trademarks from infringement, dilution, and unfair competition. This is particularly true for businesses in California because state common-law claims of unfair competition and actions...

By their very nature, high risk investments are the most likely to provide opportunities for high returns. Private equity stakes in small businesses with strong growth potential can be especially rewarding. For this reason, seed accelerators like Y Combinator (YC) agree to provide seed funding...

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted in 2010 to combat tax evasion by Americans using Swiss bank accounts and hiding other financial assets overseas. FATCA requires Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs), including banks, mutual funds, and hedge funds, to report information about American...

Sweat equity is the term used to refer to an employee’s labor that is invested into an asset as opposed to equity bought with capital. Ideally, it would be fair for all employees whose sweat equity increases the value of a private company to share...

President-elect Trump has proposed to simplify the tax code after his inauguration in 2017. His tax plan is available on his campaign website, aided by his various statements concerning tax reform which are contained in other press releases. To reduce complexity, Trump would eliminate the personal...

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