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Silicon Valley Trends
18 minutes | Aug 8, 2020
Why Choose a C-Corporation for Your Startup Journey
In this podcast you will learn why C-Corporations are the vehicle of choice for tech startups in Silicon Valley and the tech sector. You’ll learn why it doesn’t make sense to operate as an S-Corporation, or an LLC, and how you can escape paying taxes when you sell your C-Corporation shares. The post Why Choose a C-Corporation for Your Startup Journey appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
28 minutes | May 10, 2020
What Drives Stock Market Share Prices?
If you ever wondered how share prices were determined on the stock market, this podcast might be for you. In this podcast David Smith episodes explains how the price of a stock is driven by the value of the company, which is driven by the company’s earnings. David goes on to explain how dividends, the balance sheet, economic forces of supply and demand, future expectations and predictions, information about the public and its prospects, market momentum, merger & acquisition activity and market volatility each drive the share price. The post What Drives Stock Market Share Prices? appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
20 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
Monetizing “Trophy Patents” from Research Labs, Corporations and Large Organizations
Patents that were not designed for litigation or licensing may still hold some potential for monetization if they have open continuations that can be built into bulletproof portfolios that will stand up in court. The post Monetizing “Trophy Patents” from Research Labs, Corporations and Large Organizations appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
18 minutes | Nov 16, 2019
Guiding Entrepreneurs Toward Success
This podcast explains how the SVBS Milestone Progress system is combined with expert advice and mentoring to help entrepreneurs hit milestones, get their startups on track and drive them toward profitability or exit in the form of an IPO or acquisition. More On This Topic The post Guiding Entrepreneurs Toward Success appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
19 minutes | Oct 26, 2019
Who Holds the Power in your Company?
The powers of shareholders, the board of directors, officers, the CEO and how decisions are made in startups and other companies. The post Who Holds the Power in your Company? appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
37 minutes | Oct 21, 2019
Elvis, Contracts & Unwanted Breasts
Learn about contract law and how to write your own contracts using cases involving Elvis Presley and real-world examples. The post Elvis, Contracts & Unwanted Breasts appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
24 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
A Recipe for Success in Patent Licensing
Why it’s not easy to collect patent license fees and what it takes to be successful in patent licensing. The post A Recipe for Success in Patent Licensing appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
25 minutes | Oct 7, 2019
Creating & Presenting the Marketing Message
Former Apple World Marketing Manager, David Smith explains how to build your elevator pitch, your core value proposition, how to build a brand and change your brand image. The post Creating & Presenting the Marketing Message appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
24 minutes | Sep 6, 2019
Momentum is critical for success in business, especially in the fast moving tech sector. Recognizing this and figuring out how to generate positive momentum can make the difference between your venture winding up in a painful shutdown or reaching a profitable IPO. The post Business Momentum appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
20 minutes | Aug 16, 2019
Understanding Angel Investors
How angel investors work, how they syndicate investments and how they structure their investments as convertible notes or preferred stock rounds of financing. David Smith presents materials from the Silicon Valley Business School Raising Finance for Startups course and explains how he managed to raise more than $20m from angel investors in one of his previous startups. The post Understanding Angel Investors appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
17 minutes | Aug 2, 2019
Understanding Venture Capital Investors
This episode explains how venture capital funds work, how they are organized, what types of investments they’re looking for, how they make money, share it with limited partners and how they mitigate risk through modern portfolio theory. This episode provides a useful primer for anyone interested in raising finance from venture capital investors. The post Understanding Venture Capital Investors appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
20 minutes | Jul 22, 2019
Monetizing Patents Through Non-Practicing Entities (NPE’s)
This episode is about non-practicing entities (NPE’s). Otherwise referred to as patent licensing companies, patent assertion entities (PAE’s) or patent holding companies, non-practicing entities are companies who’s sole activity is patent licensing. David Smith explains why they exist, what they do, how they make money and the pros and cons of working with them. The post Monetizing Patents Through Non-Practicing Entities (NPE’s) appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
18 minutes | Jul 15, 2019
Blocking Illegal Imports Through the International Trade Commission (ITC)
David Smith and attorney Tom Fasone explain how the International Trade Commission (ITC) is a federal agency tasked with protecting American domestic industries from foreign unfair competition connected to imports into the United States. This podcast explains how products infringing patents and other infringing products can be blocked by US Customs and Border Protection. It explains how cases at the ITC are on expedited schedules, and how ITC cases differ from cases brought before the US federal courts. The post Blocking Illegal Imports Through the International Trade Commission (ITC) appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
20 minutes | Jul 4, 2019
Selling Your Patent
This episode explains why companies buy patents, what they’re looking for in a patent, what patents are most sellable, and what prices patents collect on the market. It guides patent holders through the process of selling a patent, and helps them navigate the legal minefields along the way. The post Selling Your Patent appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
23 minutes | Jun 2, 2019
Venue–Where to File Suit Against Companies Infringing your Patents?
How the small town of Marshall in Eastern Texas became the battlefield for patent lawsuits and how the T.C. Heartland case has shifted cases to courthouses in other states, like Delaware, that don’t want to hear them. The post Venue–Where to File Suit Against Companies Infringing your Patents? appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
33 minutes | May 21, 2019
Patenting by Numbers
Understand the bizarre patent marketplace through looking at the numbers. For example, 98.5% of patents are never asserted. This translates to $60bn spent on patents that are never used. Podcast covers cost of prosecution, maintenance, litigation, inter-parte review (IPR) as well as statistics on fee shifting and other topics. The post Patenting by Numbers appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
14 minutes | May 13, 2019
Why Startup Valuation is Not Startup Valuation
This episodes explains how startups are valued and presents the argument as to why venture capital investments in startup ventures should not be used as the basis to place a valuation on the company. The post Why Startup Valuation is Not Startup Valuation appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
70 minutes | May 13, 2019
Preferred Pizza Toppings
This episode explains how venture capital investors get preferred stock, and founders get common stock. Preferential toppings provided to investors include liquidation preferences, veto rights, board rights, anti-dilution rights, co-sale and drag-along rights. David Smith talks to Mark Cameron White, founder of the White Summers law firm, about the terms Mark’s seeing in Silicon Valley and elsewhere today. The post Preferred Pizza Toppings appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
17 minutes | Apr 11, 2019
Patent Wars & Shifting Legal Fees in Patent Litigation Cases
How large corporate interests have lobbied Washington, misled the American public and seriously damaged the US patent system at the expense of inventors and small startups. The post Patent Wars & Shifting Legal Fees in Patent Litigation Cases appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
36 minutes | Apr 5, 2019
Forming the Startup Company and Partnering with Co-Founders
David talks to Mark Cameron White, Harvard-educated lawyer who founded and financed hundreds of Silicon Valley startups, about forming the company and forming the founding team. The post Forming the Startup Company and Partnering with Co-Founders appeared first on Silicon Valley Trends.
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