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Bird Takes Off

About half of the $300 million Venice-based Bird raised in recent weeks came at a $1 billion valuation, and the second half valued the startup at $2 billion, people familiar with the deal have said.

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Can SoCal Become the Next Great Tech Ecosystem?

Interesting facts presented at the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum from the BCG Group’s research called “Stars Aligning: How Southern California Could Be the Next Great Tech Ecosystem” provided for the Alliance for SoCal Innovation as well as research from Amplify LA called “The Los Angeles Tech & Venture Scene 2018”.

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Strategic Roth Conversions

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act slashed individual tax rates, accordingly Roth conversions just went on sale but the tax bargain may not last forever. The primary advantage of converting a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA is the funds will not be subject to income tax upon withdrawal if certain rules are followed.

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Market Volatility

While market volatility can be nerve-racking for investors, reacting emotionally and changing long-term investment strategies in response to short-term declines could prove more harmful than helpful. By adhering to a well-thought-out investment plan, ideally agreed upon in advance of periods of volatility, investors may be better able to remain calm during periods of short-term uncertainty.