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Internet of Things and three encouraging trends

During the Technology Leaders Summit which was held this week in the Silicon Valley we discussed how the Internet of Things will change our everyday life. We have moved from an era of scarcity to computing abundance....more

Silicon Valley Misclassification: ‘New York’ Magazine Focuses on How the 1099 Economy May Be Exposing Tech Start-Up Companies to...

Today’s online edition of New York Magazine’s “Daily Intelligencer” includes a comprehensive article on how Silicon Valley start-up tech companies using “the 1099 model” may be exposed to employment, tax, and benefit law...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley....more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2014: Tech Sector Continues to Drive Bay Area Commercial Real Estate [Video]

An influx of tech workers, new companies, and flourishing companies in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is pushing commercial real estate demands up and spilling over to other Bay Area markets. Look up, you'll see a lot of...more

Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Summer/Fall 2014: California’s Tech Boom Drives New Demand for Office Space [Video]

Led by the tech boom in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, demand for office space all over California is increasing dramatically, but with changing requirements, such as square footage and more creative space. We spoke to...more

You’ve Got a Problem, Bro – Tinder, Silicon Valley and Resolution 62

A co-founder and now former employee at Tinder has sued the dating app startup and its leaders for sexual harassment and discrimination. It’s a messy (and familiar) story of an office romance between senior execs gone...more

15 Tips for Fostering a Diverse and Innovative Workforce

Google’s decision to make public its employee diversity data broadens the conversation on this important issue beyond Silicon Valley. On its blog, Google candidly states the company is “not where we want to be” and is...more

Leave My Employees Alone! You Promised You Wouldn’t Hire/Solicit Them

With the antitrust class action against Google, Apple, Intel and other Silicon Valley heavyweights nearly in the books ($300 million plus in settlements and millions more in defense fees later), it is time once again to ask...more

Why I Scream at the TV: “Silicon Valley” Drives IP Lawyers Crazy

In the HBO show, “Silicon Valley,” the protagonist Richard Hendriks is an awkward, nerdy creator of a fancy algorithm for a music app that helps songwriters figure out whether their songs are infringing on another person’s...more

2014 Roundtable Series, Mergers & Acquisitions

Market watchers view mergers and acquisitions as an economic yardstick. After several years of modest volumes, we've already seen substantial M&A activity in 2014 across industries including biotech, pharmaceuticals, and...more

Managing the Risks of a Mobile Workforce

Retiring after 30 years with the same company is rare today. The symbolism of a retirement party and a gold watch will be lost on generations as frequent employee transition between companies becomes the norm. ...more

It’s The Real Deal: California Court Finds Trade Secret Protection For Ideas

Here’s a small-time Silicon Valley inventor’s worst nightmare: he shops his technology to a large multi-national company, but the company declines to implement his idea as pitched. Instead, the multi-national company turns...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more

Incubate This: Trade Secrets Lessons From HBO’s Silicon Valley [May Contain Spoilers]

HBO’s new series Silicon Valley satirizes the tech zeitgeist born and bred in the region that is the show’s namesake by following a group of young software developers on their journey to build the next billion-dollar startup....more

Tech Titans Settle Wage Antitrust Case

As often happens in the vicinity of courthouse steps, the high-profile Silicon Valley hiring antitrust class-action lawsuit has settled, pending court approval. In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation originally pitted...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Fourth Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

Multifamily Outlook - Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Winter/Spring 2014 [Video]

The Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast Commercial Real Estate Survey found that prospects for returns on multifamily housing investments in San Francisco and Silicon Valley during the coming three years look promising. All...more

Silicon Boricua – What if Silicon Valley Moved to Puerto Rico?

Overview - I have been writing over the last year on the benefits of Puerto Rican (PR”) residency. The tax benefits of Puerto Rican residency gained some attention and notoriety when hedge fund billionaire John Paulsen...more

IP, trade secrets and employee mobility - Judges and attorneys discuss top-of-mind issues for Silicon Valley tech employers

Increasingly today, the value of a company is measured not by its physical assets, but by the talents of its employees and the utility of its intellectual property. Because of their knowledge and experience, talented...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, Issue 11 -- November 2013: Trade Secret Protection From the Silicon Valley to the Silicon...

For the two million Californians who have left the state in the past decade, Texas has been the most popular destination. Further, 254 California companies moved some or all of their work and jobs out of state— frequently to...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

Anti-“Corporate Raiding” Agreements Present Their Own Concerns

Facing stiff competition for talent and a mobile work force, several technology companies located in Silicon Valley allegedly made a pact not to recruit each other’s employees including agreeing not to “cold call” employees....more

$20 Million Settlement in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust Litigation, a Non-Poaching Agreement Case

Three of the seven companies defending allegations that they violated U.S. antitrust law by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees agreed to settle all claims against them in In re: High-Tech Employee Antitrust...more

Silicon Valley Invades the Automotive Homeland

NVIDIA, a Silicon Valley leader in Visual Computing Technologies has opened an office in Ann Arbor to be closer to the Automotive Industry. While the office has only six people, with the Auto industry doing well it will...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2013

Background-We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 118 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the first quarter of 2013....more

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