Case Study - Delaware L.L.C or Corporation?

For better recognition on L.L.C and Corporation, let's take Google and YouTube for example

Google is a Corporation and YouTube is an L.L.C. Why did they choose different entity types? The L.L.C vs Corporation distinction is clearly defined by this one example that the new generation of entrepreneurs should take full take advantage of.

YouTube actually started as a corporation, filing its Certificate of Incorporation with the Delaware Division of Corporations on October 3, 2005. On November 8, 2006, just 13 months and five days later, it merged its Corporation into an L.L.C, which is one of the key advantages of Delaware companies: they can change from one form of entity to another, whenever they want.

YouTube L.L.C, on the other hand, is owned by a few members. Nobody but the insiders know how few, and nobody but the insiders know who the owners are. In addition, nobody but the owners know what the company finances are, because no public disclosure is required. That’s the benefit of a Delaware L.L.C—your members, their ownership percentages and your financial valuation are private matters, of which only the company insiders are aware. There is no public registration, no public disclosure and no federal requirement of any type that necessitates the owners of a Delaware L.L.C to reveal who they are on the public record.

Google chose to be a Delaware Corporation so it could go public and raise money, which they did on August 16, 2004. Once it did so, it quickly became one of the richest companies in history. Google's rise to power created tens of thousands of millionaires and a lot of billionaires. Even though 60% of Google is owned by institutions, there are millions of individual shareholders in the company. The company has current cash reserves of $50 billion.


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