Bloomberg Law
Sept. 24, 2020, 9:01 AM

‘Flyover’ No More, Silicon Slopes Becomes Where Legal Action Is

Jake Holland
Jake Holland

Before its tech sector took off, coastal venture capitalists viewed Utah as what Jeff Jones, co-founder of Salt Lake City law firm Durham Jones & Pinegar, calls a “flyover state.”

Then, inspired by the breakthrough of WordPerfect in the 1980s, startups like Omniture, Qualtrics, Domo Inc., and Podium Corp. Inc. flourished. With their growth came the need to raise money, protect intellectual property, go public, or sell themselves.

So whereas they once flew over, venture capitalists are now flying in, with an influx of complex legal work following.

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