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Careful development of NDA terms recommended for joint ventures

When two businesses in California intend to work cooperatively or explore the viability of a joint venture, they generally execute non-disclosure agreements. These contracts define confidential information and how it may or may not be used and often set a time period for the restrictions. The document typically addresses the disclosure and use of confidential information separately.

Startup investments by Google parent total $11 billion

Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, oversees vast venture capital investments from its headquarters in California. A change in accounting rules has prompted Alphabet to disclose the fair value of its stock holdings on earnings reports. Currently, the estimated value of the company's startup investments equal $11 billion.

How to craft an exit strategy

When investors in California and throughout the country put money into a tech company, they generally don't see any return on capital until the business is acquired or goes public. However, many tech companies wait so long to be purchased that they run out of money. Therefore, it can be difficult for many investors to see their money back after they part with it.

Common signs that a startup won't succeed

California entrepreneurs may not be surprised to know that startups fail 90 percent of the time. However, it can still be hard to recognize when a startup is failing and needs to be scrapped. One sign that a company doesn't have a bright future is that it doesn't know its customers. Specifically, the business doesn't understand what problem its target market has that needs to be solved.

Keeping costs in check may benefit startups

Startup companies in California's Silicon Valley are often known for excesses such as offering gourmet meals and rock climbing walls on site. In many cases, they were able to raise capital from investors to cover the costs because they ultimately helped the company attract and retain key talent. Therefore, investors reasoned that these perks could allow for a profitable exit from a valuable company in the future.

How startups can attract investor capital

Startup owners in California may need to be ready for increased competition for investor money. This is because advances in technology have created conditions ripe for a larger number of new companies. In addition to battling for an investor's time, a startup may be competing for a smaller share of potential investment dollars.

Funding a new business with incubators and accelerators

Obtaining the funds needed to launch and grow a new business can be challenging for entrepreneurs in California and around the country. Traditional lenders are often reluctant to provide credit to commercial ventures that have yet to establish a secure market position, but other sources of cash could be available to the owners of fledgling business. Accelerators and incubators may provide much-needed capital when banks are unwilling to lend, and both of these options provide guidance and advice as well as funding.

How new companies can attract younger customers

A top priority for startups in California and throughout the country is to attract loyal customers. These tend to be the people who will buy a company's products or services multiple times, which means increased revenue for a business. One way to build a relationship with a Millennial customer is to offer a quality product and quality service. To a younger person, this is more important than what a product looks like or how well it is marketed.

Factors considered for startup purchasing

California owners of startups should be aware that large companies are buying smaller ones in an effort to remain competitive in their industries and to increase their scalability. Startup owners who are interested in selling their business to one of these large companies should be aware of exactly what these companies are looking for when considering a business to purchase.

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