Business Formation

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...

If you own all, most, or even part of a private company, you may have wondered from time to time whether it is a good idea to take that company public. There are many benefits and reasons to take a company public, not the least...

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...

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...

California has turned a corner when it comes to marijuana. In 1996, California voters voted in favor of Proposition 215, the Medical Marijuana Initiative. The initiative became the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. Then, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and...

Weathering storms is the hallmark of a good company, but some storms may be too large to weather in the end. That is what one large bank is discovering in the wake of scandal that has rocked it to the core. Most people by now...

Harborside Health Center, one of the nation’s biggest cannabis dispensaries located in Oakland, CA, is challenging the IRS's efforts to collect a $2.4 million tax bill resulting from an audit of its returns from 2008 and 2009. The IRS claims that Harborside was not allowed...

An academic association is being sued by a number of their members over a boycott of Israel. That association recently began a boycott of the country and its products over relations between that country and its neighbors. But not all of the association’s members are...

While day-to-day activities of a business usually consume most of a business owner’s time, planning for how the business will be passed on is also important. With good planning and proper structuring, business succession can be accomplished, while simultaneously providing benefits to both business owners...

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