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Valuing Covenants Not to Compete

Posted in Business Valuation, on Feb 2016, By: Mark S. Gottlieb

The guest on Thursday’s episode of The Daily Show, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, explained that value in the American economy is becoming less associated with ownership and more associated with experience. Airbnb has revolutionized travel and hospitality by allowing users to pay to stay in the homes of other users, rather than in hotels. Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show, joked that Airbnb and other similar organizations are making ownership obsolete: people no longer need to purchase cars, homes, or, now, pay for hotels. In a serious tone, Chesky explained that this decline in ownership came with an increase in the value of experience. He said that a person’s value is now shown through their Instagram feed rather than the size of their house or worth of their car. Though this shift in value may signify a change in economic ideology, intangible assets, such as experience, have long accounted for a surprisingly substantial amount of a company’s total value. A company’s intangible assets bring value to the business without having a material presence. Essentially, intangibles come from employees’ experiences. Types of Intangible Assets Intangible assets fall under 5 major categories. The following lists these categories and examples of each: Marketing-related intangible assets    Trademarks,    Logos, and    Domain Names. Consumer-related intangible assets    Customer information, and    Customer relationships. Artistic-related intangible assets    Literary/musical/visual art works, and    Performance events. Contract-based intangible assets    Use rights,    Licensing agreements,    Franchise agreements, and    Employment contracts. Technology-based intangible […]