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July 2018 Archives

Trade secrets litigation on the rise with new federal law

Before the signing of the Defend Trade Secrets Act in 2016, state courts in California handled litigation for violations of trade secrets. Defenders of intellectual property can now bring these cases before federal courts when they want to charge another party with misappropriation of trade secrets.

Forming a new business in California

When California entrepreneurs are thinking about starting a business, the formation process can be particularly important for its future success. For example, you could create a corporation, a partnership, or a limited liability company, depending on the particular needs of your business and the structure that will be put in place. It can be critical to understand exactly what each of these choices can mean for your business and its operations.

Television deal may be scuttled

California residents may be interested to learn that the head of the Federal Communications Commission has voiced concern about the planned $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Company by the Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. This has resulted in the possibility of the acquisition being cancelled.

Using social media to raise venture capital

For determined entrepreneurs in California searching for business startup funding, the traditional ways of securing venture capital have proven difficult to say the least. Fortunately, social media platforms have emerged as a viable solution to those looking for funding and those looking to invest. However, finding money to support the next big idea in business is not as simple as making a post every now and then. Based on a study by the Wharton School of Business, there is a science to using social media to attract the right investor for a business opportunity.

Stronger frozen food sales motivate Conagra and Pinnacle merger

Grocery shoppers in California routinely see food products from Conagra Brand and Pinnacle Foods on the shelves. Food industry analysts view the merger of the two companies as a sign that Conagra wanted to expand its presence in the frozen foods segment. Pinnacle recently generated half of its revenue from brands like Gardein vegetarian meals, Van de Kamp's and Birds Eye. The latest quarterly results from Conagra indicate that the company experienced sales growth in its refrigerated and frozen food brands.

Why some cloud startup founders are competing against tech giants

Anyone in California looking to carve their own niche among businesses based on remote storage capabilities in the cloud is going to find a lot of competition from some big and well-established names. However, some enterprising startup founders, like those who were in attendance at an annual cloud tech gathering, are convinced there is room for newcomers in this crowded space. In fact, three of the speakers at this event shared stories about their own successes with cloud-based enterprises.

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