Category Archives: Special Issues

MoFo Tax Alert – President Trump Signs Tax Reform Bill

On December 20, 2017, both the House and the Senate passed H.R. 1 (the “Bill”), which President Trump signed December 22, 2017. The Bill dramatically alters the U.S. approach to domestic and international taxation. It represents the results of a conference agreement between the House and Senate reconciling the version passed by the House on November 16, 2017, and the

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How Private Enterprise is Helping Texas Recover from Hurricane Harvey

The Private Sector Is Coming to Texas’s Rescue In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the private sector in Texas and Louisiana is getting slammed with lots of criticism for price-gouging, being greedy, and focusing only on profits. But there’s a flip-side to that story that includes many counter-examples of private sector businesses and private voluntary organizations ignoring profits and demonstrating

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US Department of Commerce Paper – Approach for Advancing Growth of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) – in which connected devices are proliferating at an unprecedented rate – is a technological development that is transforming the way we live and do business. IoT continues the decades-long trend of increasing connectivity among devices and the Internet, bringing online everything from refrigerators to automobiles to factory inventory systems. At the same time, IoT

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Carlos Pereira Creator of Livox – Wins Social Entrepreneur Award in Brazil (2016)

Carlos Pereira, the creator of Livox, was the winner of the 12th Edition of the Social Entrepreneur Award 2016. The competition is the largest of its kind in Latin American, and is a partnership between Folha and the Schwab Foundation, a sister entity to the World Economic Forum. Livox is an application that allows for communication by people with deficiencies

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Santa Clara University – Miller Center Supporting Social Entrepreneurs From Around the World

For six months, 14 social entrepreneurs in countries such as Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar and Rwanda have worked individually with Silicon Valley executive mentors to hone their social enterprise business plans. On Aug. 18, the participants in the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) Accelerator at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship made the next important step in their social enterprises’

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Let My People Go Surfing – Yvon Chouinard Founder of Patagonia Inc

In his long-awaited memoir, Yvon Chouinard-legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.-shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the

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Mofo Report – BREXIT And the Impact on the Venture Capital Community

The process of Brexit and the implications for businesses will unfold over time. MoFo’s Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all their offices and working with clients on their key concerns and issues. In the run-up to the Brexit vote, the negative impact on access to capital and access to the best start-up talent were two of

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USA Proposes New Immigration Rule to Welcome International Entrepreneurs

According to a recent study by the National Foundation for American Policy, a research group that focuses on immigration issues, more than half of American tech start-ups valued at $1 billion or more had at least one immigrant founder. The main immigration pathway for foreign workers with specialized skills, the H-1B visa program, has been plagued by controversy and abuses,

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