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March 2019 Archives

Environmental legislation could affect California builders

Many California developers have complained that environmental legislation in the state hinders their ability to develop new buildings or affordable housing. The California Environmental Quality Act requires builders to involve public participation when developing plans as well as to minimize environmental damage through conducting scientific studies. However, the state's governor has also called for 3.5 million homes to be built before 2025, a goal that may be difficult to meet within the framework of the law's restrictions.

Experts fear venture capital bubble

Venture capital firms in California and around the world invested $160 billion in startup companies in 2008. That figure is almost triple what it was just a decade ago, and many observers are worried that an unsustainable investment bubble is forming. The amount of money being invested has also risen sharply. Venture capital deals worth more than $100 million doubled in number between 2017 and 2018, and there is a growing feeling in the sector that many investors are ignoring business fundamentals and backing ideas merely because they promise revolutionary change.

Unique contracts can offer more protection than boilerplate ones

Contracts are the lifeblood of modern business. They are formal agreements between two companies, or a business and an individual, for goods or services. These agreements are sometimes verbal and sometimes written. People have been known to draft contracts on any kind of paper available at the moment, although most professionals prefer typed and neat contracts.

What to ask before starting a business

In recent years, it has become easier to start a business for $5,000 or less. While the barrier to entry to become an entrepreneur has been lowered, it is still important to ask several financial questions prior to starting a company. For instance, prospective business owners in California should ask themselves if they are going to sell a product or service. Generally, businesses that sell products take more money to get off of the ground.

Nvidia makes a potentially risky acquisition

California residents may have heard the news that Nvidia has acquired Mellanox for $125 per share. This translates to a 5.5 percent premium and a total purchase price of $6.9 billion. Although the price is thought to be fair for both parties, it is seen as a risky acquisition for Nvidia. It is thought that there may be limited opportunities for synergy between the two businesses.

BlackBerry acquisition aims to enhance cybersecurity business

BlackBerry, one of the originators of secure smartphone technologies, has become a billion-dollar security company with products aimed at the business market. In February, the firm acquired Cylance, a California-based, privately-held cybersecurity and artificial intelligence company, for $1.4 billion. According to BlackBerry's CEO, the company aims to become the world's largest firm in both fields, offering a range of products to businesses who want to ensure that their employees can communicate securely across a range of platforms.

Appeals court gives approval for AT&T takeover of Time Warner

In a case that is of interest to many Californians, a massive merger of media giants has been affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The decision paves the way for AT&T to take over Time Warner for $81 billion.

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