Archive for January 2015
The Challenge of Negotiating Price Terms as a Start-up or Entrepreneur
In my capacity as a transactional attorney working alongside many entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses, I get often get brought into to provide legal support to deals that never close. While there may not be a single, uniform reason why these deals are not closed, I often suspect that the primary reason had to do…Read More
Is Silicon Valley the Land of Opportunity for Women as well as Men?
Regardless of your perspective on whether or not Silicon Valley is the land of opportunity for women as well as men, a thought-provoking article was just published by Newsweek about how women perceived in Silicon Valley that is worth taking a look at. It is already the source of considerable commentary on the web, as…Read More
California Legislators Contemplating New Regulation of Drones
The increasing popularity of drones apparently has caught the attention of CA lawmakers, who have just introduced SB 142, which would prohibit the unauthorized use of unmanned aerial vehicles over private property. I guess my question is what to do with all the child-sized violators, who accidentally run the new toy drones that they received…Read More
Why Understanding Your Technology Model is the Key to Drafting a Good Contract
If you work at a software company and are involved at all with agreements, you may be interested in a recent posting that I wrote at Silicon Valley Software Law Blog on why understanding your technology model is so critical to properly drafting and even reviewing contracts: Software Licensing vs. Software-as-a-Service (“Saas”) : The Importance…Read More
Is Another Tech Bubble Emerging in Silicon Valley?
A debate seems to be developing as to whether or not the Silicon Valley has a tech bubble emerging. An increasing number of commentators are raising issues about tech company valuations, spending by VC-backed companies, and the excess of capital in the market. The question for all of us is what this means exactly for…Read More
What Makes a Successful Start-up?
This is an interesting Forbes opinion piece on what makes the few start-ups that succeed different than the majority that fail. As a lawyer representing many entrepreneurs and start-ups, I think understanding the market and having a good grasp of how to market to potential customers is critical. I also think that you have to…Read More