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…And The Unicorn You Rode In On (Silicon Valley – Episode 26)

Alas, poor Erlich! We knew him; ‘a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne us on his back a thousand times; and now,’ as Jared poetically recounts, “Erlich’s Bachmanity boondoggle has led to his being...more

Happy Times, High Crimes and Misdemeanors (Silicon Valley – Episode 25)

In this week’s episode of Silicon Valley, Richard enjoyed an unprecedented run of success, culminating with the official launch of Pied Piper’s platform. Richard has suffered so many setbacks, it’s little wonder he is...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Congressional Panel To Investigate The Fairness Of Pay TV Billing, Competitive Practices - There was plenty of startup news out of DC this week, starting...more

Silicon Valley in the Crosshairs: SEC and DOJ Target Fraud Involving Pre-IPO Companies

Historically, regulators have been reluctant to interfere with the complex world of pre-IPO financing and private market transactions, which tend to involve the most sophisticated investors. However, several recent public...more

Success through rudeness and hostility

Silicon Valley’s third season is in full swing on HBO, which raised a question in my mind: if Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin warranted an entire blog from the FordHarrison crew, isn’t the Hacker Hostel’s Erlich Bachman at...more

Private Bankrolling of Defamation and Privacy Suits

The New York Times recently reported that famed Silicon Valley investor and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been secretly bankrolling “Hulk Hogan’s” (real name Terry Bollea) invasion of privacy suit against Gawker Media....more

Bachmanity – From Sizzle to Fizzle and Maybe Bachruptcy (Silicon Valley – Episode 24)

At its heart, Episode 24 was about relationships – from the wayward dating lives of Richard and Dinesh to Big Head and Ehrlich’s marriage of “Bachmanity”, the Pied Piper entourage found themselves faced with the messy...more

The Silicon Valley Initiative – unicorns in SEC’s line of sight: action items

SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a delegation of officials from the SEC traveled to Silicon Valley early this spring to deliver a shot across the bow to technology and healthcare businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and their...more

Laurie & Monica Out-Action Jack…and Other Fiduciary Duties (Silicon Valley – Episode 22)

Episode 22 provides a decisive and satisfying showdown between Jack’s Box plan and Richard’s consumer platform option. Richard’s not-so-secret skunkworks project is dead, and the team sets to work on the Box believing that...more

Trade Secrets and Lies (Silicon Valley – Episode 21)

Episode 21 is a delightful maze of plots, plot twists and omens. At Pied Piper, Richard fails in his attempt to go over CEO Action Jack’s head and have Laurie, the investor, force Jack to scrap his Box and build the consumer...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.16.16

We’ve been hearing a lot about Verizon’s bid for Yahoo. But it’s not alone. In fact, it’s bringing some odd folks to the table together. Case in point: Warren Buffet and Quicken Loans’ Dan Gilbert – NYTimes and Bloomberg...more

Tips for Expanding Your Investor Network from Coast to Coast

With a competitive marketplace, new technology companies may find that they need more capital to accelerate their company’s growth. The question becomes how to effectively approach investors outside the company’s geographical...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2016

Background - We analyzed the terms of 148 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in valuations that began in...more

Jack’s Box (Silicon Valley – Episode 20)

Episode 20 of Silicon Valley explores numerous classic conflicts: consumer-oriented v. enterprise business model; engineers v. sales; revolutionary vs. safe; long-term goals v. short-term profits; Erlich v. Jian-Yang …...more

Success Is Not Always Founder Friendly (Silicon Valley – Episode 19)

HBO’s Silicon Valley is back, but Richard is still out as Pied Piper’s CEO. To recap how we got here: in the closing moments of last season, the Pied Piper team triumphed by successfully livestreaming its condor cam video...more

How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016 - He may not be the most globally famous person who passed away this week, but Bill Campbell’s quiet influence on...more

Securities Enforcement Alert: SEC Increases Scrutiny of “Unicorns” and Other Private Companies and Secondary Market Trading of...

In an unprecedented one-day blitz, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission was joined by the SEC Enforcement Director in events in Silicon Valley and San Francisco on March 31 focused on one message: the SEC is...more

SEC Chair Warns Silicon Valley That Unicorns Need To Be Watched and Monitored

Speaking last week at the SEC’s and Rock Center’s Silicon Valley Initiative at Stanford Law School, SEC Chair Mary Jo White cautioned Silicon Valley’s start-up companies regarding their potential lack of internal controls. ...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.4.16

It appears that Alaska Airlines has won in the pursuit of Virgin America’s operations, beating out rival JetBlue for the former Richard Branson venture. Alaska announced this morning that “had agreed to acquire Virgin America...more

Home Field Advantage Continues for Tech Companies in Silicon Valley: Facebook Wins Big TCPA Victory on its Home Turf

In the latest example of a Silicon Valley court bending over backward to keep the TCPA’s grimy little paws off an emerging tech company, Facebook won a huge victory on the automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) front...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Wristbands, velvet ropes, and more: 5 SXSW hacks for startups - Thousands of startups have descended on Austin for today’s opening of SXSW 2016....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Fourth Quarter 2015

Background - We analyzed the terms of 152 venture financings closed in the fourth quarter of 2015 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 4Q15...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Newest VCs: 7-Eleven, Vitamin Shoppe, JetBlue Airways launch venture operations - Looking for a one-stop shop for slurpees and early stage investment?...more

The Byzantine Complexities: Strategies for Lawyers to Join a Board of Directors

While many lawyers may be interested in joining a board of directors of a for-profit public or private company, reaching this goal can entail a degree of complexity that even the Byzantine Emperors would have envied....more

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