How to make more money, compete more effectively but not have to risk a dime?

August 10th, 2011 by admin Alternative Work Styles, Business & Law, Business Basics, Stick Around 'Til the Turn Around No responses

While flexible work hours have become more common, flexible work arrangements can be a boon to small businesses. Being able, and willing to allow moms time to run to school when their kids get in trouble, or anyone time to meet the plumber in an emergency, can allow you to attract and keep employees who [...] Continue Reading…

Imperfect Pixelating Prejudices Protection

May 4th, 2011 by admin Business & Law, Business Basics No responses

Journalists and others have been pixelating pictures for ages to “protect the innocent” and themselves from claims of invasion of privacy, defamation etc. In the old days of hard copy everything, pixelating was static and the only thing that could make a pixelated picture not look pixelated was poor eyesight. Say What? Seriously, if you’re [...] Continue Reading…

When work and hobbies collide

April 24th, 2011 by admin Alternative Work Styles, Business & Law, Business Basics No responses

I know it’s terribly trite to say “I love my work” but the fact that I do came home to me when I was not home, but on vacation. We spent a glorious couple of days at Rough Creek Lodge. I relaxed and had a great time, but spent a lot of my time at [...] Continue Reading…

California Secretary of State Processing Times Down… somewhat.

January 17th, 2011 by Nina Yablok Business & Law, Business Basics No responses

In November we mentioned how far behind the California Secretary of State was in processing corporate documents. Well the delay has been reduced somewhat, but it’s still causing problems for people wanting to get down to business NOW. As of right now, filing articles of incorporation will take about 75 days if you mail them [...] Continue Reading…

What do high tech companies look for in a contract?

October 18th, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business Basics No responses

My new paralegal used to work in the corporate law department of a mid-size high tech company. When she started with me I asked her “What are the ‘red flags’ bigger technology companies look for in contracts?” She said they are particularly concerned about the following clauses,

What’s Better – Debt or Equity?

May 27th, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business Basics No responses

What’s a better way to get money into a start up, debt or equity? That was a linked in question and here’s my answer:

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, but How?

May 17th, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business & Law, Business Basics No responses

Alternative Dispute Resolution is the term of art used by attorneys and judges for “let’s see if we can’t get this thing resolved without a trial.” And for business disputes it’s often a good idea to try ADR before spending a lot on litigation. And in some states, like California, the courts require

Terms of iUse

April 5th, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business & Law, Business Basics No responses

If you’re thinking of commercializing stuff on your website by having it down load to the iPad, it might be a good idea to read your Terms of Use or Terms of Service before you jauntily walk down that road too far.  A check of any click and agree agreements might be in order too. [...] Continue Reading…

Pros and Cons of Multi-Class Securities (ie, why issue preferred stock)

February 4th, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business Basics No responses

Once again from the annals of LinkedIn’s Q&A.  The question was “what are the pros and cons of using multi-class securities (preferred and common stock). My response: Listing all of them in general would be impossible in a short Q&A system like this, especially out of the context of any specific deal. So I’ll just [...] Continue Reading…

Stale Checks Can be Cashed… Maybe

February 1st, 2010 by Nina Yablok Business Basics No responses

Remember learning that a bank can’t cash a check that’s more than 6 months old? Well that’s not actually true any more.   The Uniform Commercial Code (and California tracks pretty closely on that, is being updated regularly, and the rule about stale checks has changed. “Many of the “tweaks” found in the most recent [...] Continue Reading…