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Next Tech Boom: Lawsuits

The current tech boom has created enormous wealth, and at successful companies, founders, employees and investors are each getting enough of a share of that wealth to be kept happy. But when that perpetual motion machine breaks down, potential conflicts between those stakeholders emerge.

I predict that in 2016 that kind of breakdown will occur more often, as more private tech firms struggle to meet high valuations set in fundraisings. I expect the resulting shortfall for some shareholders, crystallized either in weak IPOs or sales, will prompt a wave of lawsuits between stakeholders in private tech.

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We should expect to see more such conflicts between stakeholders as private tech firms that fail to meet expectations are forced to grapple with lurking inequities and questions of fiduciary duty.