Important Considerations when Buying a Bay Area Business
201511.27
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Important Considerations when Buying a Bay Area Business

Purchasing a small business can be the fulfillment of an entrepreneurial dream. In Silicon Valley, the tech industry has given rise to numerous service and support businesses that have seen tremendous growth in recent years. Buying into one of those businesses can be a great investment, but before you put your hard-earned dollars at risk in a new venture,…

Protecting Intellectual Property in Your Silicon Valley Business
201511.20
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Protecting Intellectual Property in Your Silicon Valley Business

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets; these terms are often used interchangeably when discussing intellectual property (IP). However, they are very different legal vehicles for maintaining your rights over an idea. Misunderstand them, and you could easily end up undermining your IP rights; and consequently, the health and future of your business. Before getting into the details of each type…

Does Your Silicon Valley Business Need a Buy-Sell Agreement?
201511.13
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Does Your Silicon Valley Business Need a Buy-Sell Agreement?

When a new business is formed, there are high hopes and great expectations about the future. At the time of formation, the owners of the business are typically on the same page. Over time, however, the business evolves and circumstances may arise in which one (or more) of the owners wants to sell. To prepare for such scenarios, a…

The Pros and Cons of Self-Funding a Silicon Valley Business
201510.16
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The Pros and Cons of Self-Funding a Silicon Valley Business

Starting a business in the San Francisco Bay Area can be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. There are numerous potential rewards for those who are willing to put the time and effort into getting a business off the ground. During the startup phase, there are many important decisions to make. Among the most critical…

Choosing a Business Name in Silicon Valley
201510.02
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Choosing a Business Name in Silicon Valley

There are a lot of “interesting” startup names in Silicon Valley these days. Following in the footsteps of bit.ly, Flickr, Spotify, Hipmunk and Lyst is leading to a staggering amount of startups with names such as Naborly, Phiinom, Naytev, and NamastHey. Choosing a name for your business is not just about finding a name that…

Work at Home Tax Advantages in Silicon Valley
201509.18
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Work at Home Tax Advantages in Silicon Valley

The Bay Area has more startups than virtually any other region in the world. Many entrepreneurs in this area start with a home office. For others, telecommuting has become the norm, allowing a large number of their employees to work from home. Whether you are operating a business from your Silicon Valley home or you…