If you are a startup based in California, you may be thinking about incorporating where you are physically located. It is true that, in the short term, incorporating in California will save a few dollars. Founders of investor-funded emerging companies should know that the investors prefer Delaware by a long shot. This is largely due to Delaware’s well-developed body of corporate law, sophisticated judiciary and business-friendly environment. Is this a case of one size fits all, or might one state be a better alternative for incorporating your business?

This article explores two considerations you may find helpful as you make your choice:

  • Costs of incorporation in California and Delaware
  • The principal differences between their corporate laws

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