Monthly Archives: December 2013

To Syndicate Or Not To Syndicate Your Startup….

Last week, we discussed the process for startups looking for capital, or funding.  In particular, we discussed AngelList, which is one of the most popular services for startups.  AngelList is a syndicate service with ten of thousands of backers.  Forbes magazine has described it much like social network sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter,

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What Your New and Growing Business Needs to Know Before Looking for Capital

In October,we discussed Title II of the JumpStart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, which took effect on September 23, 2013. Title II lifted the 80-year-old ban on general solicitation in this country, allowing small businesses and startups to publicly advertise that they are seeking investment, and the new law seems to be working:

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Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ride-Share Company Uber May Test California Employment Law

Ride-sharing startups are stirring things up in California.  Ride-sharing companies, such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, and FlightCar, are in the business of providing vehicles-for-hire.  Using mobile apps and other online programs, these ride-sharing companies connect users in need of transportation with non-professional drivers driving their own cars.  In 2010, the California Public Utilities Company (CPUC)

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Startups and Other California Businesses Need To Be Ready for The Changing Landscape of Patent Law

All over the country, including here in California, startups and small businesses are holding their collective breaths and hoping that the House of Representatives passes the Innovation Act of 2013 (the “Act”).  Last week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Act, and yesterday, the White House came out in support of

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