8 Questions to Ask About Startup Equity Before Accepting the Job

Posted by Dan Eyman | February 19th, 2017 | No responses

Ask These Questions Before You Accept the Offer What percentage of the company's equity do the options represent? The number of shares granted really don't matter if you don't know the denominator, i.e. the total number of shares. Don't think in terms of number of shares or the valuation of shares [...]

10 Great Quora Answers on Valuation & Venture Capital

Posted by Dan Eyman | November 8th, 2016 | No responses

I was answering some Quora questions recently on valuation when I started to look around the site to see if there were any other good questions and answers on valuation, venture capital, startup fundraising etc....here is what caught my eye in no particular order: What are the best ways to [...]

5 Common Misconceptions About 409A Valuation

Posted by Dan Eyman | October 24th, 2016 | No responses

Here we wanted to give five common misconceptions about 409A valuation that we often get when talking to those involved with privately held businesses. 1. The 409A Valuation Could Impact the Next Round of Financing. I have had countless conversations with early stage founders, particularly those going through a 409A [...]

5 Factors That’ll Make a Big Difference With Your 409A Valuation

Posted by Dan Eyman | October 10th, 2016 | No responses

When it comes to private company 409A valuation it is helpful to first have some context in terms of how to think about it. First, 409A valuations are a tax compliance issue. They are not the value of your company upon an acquisition or the pre-money that you might go [...]

Unlocking the Unicorn Handcuffs

Posted by Dan Eyman | September 30th, 2016 | No responses

New legislation was introduced in July and passed the house last week called the Empowering Employees Through Stock Ownership Act (EESO) and it is aimed at providing employees of privately held company employees the flexibility in handling the tax obligations with exercising stock options for a period of up to seven years. [...]

The 3 Things eShares Gets Wrong on 409A

Posted by Dan Eyman | August 18th, 2016 | No responses

eShares, the cap table management software company recently announced that they had four announcements regarding their lead gen product, also known as 409A valuations to us, recently here. After the announcement I took the time to look into the offering and claims from them. I downloaded the open source model […]

Venture Capital Breakdown – Q2 2016

Posted by Dan Eyman | July 12th, 2016 | No responses

West Coast Venture Capital Deal Flow and Breakdown for Q2 2016

What is Phantom Stock?

Posted by Dan Eyman | July 5th, 2016 | No responses

 It is stock that entitles you to a Rolls Royce Phantom….not really…that would be cool though. Phantom Stock Phantom stock is simply a promise to pay a bonus in the form of the equivalent of either the value of company shares or the increase in that value over a period […]

6 Podcasts About VC we are Listening to and You Should Too!

Posted by Dan Eyman | June 27th, 2016 | No responses

Twenty Minute VC – (~20 min) Hosted by Harry Stebbings – This is just like it sounds, twenty minute interviews with venture capital investors and each podcast follows a succinct format, intro, interview, and then a quick fire round of questions.   Acquired – (~50min) Podcast about acquisitions, mostly tech, […]

5 Steps to Arrive at a Seed Stage Pre-Money Valuation

Posted by Dan Eyman | June 20th, 2016 | No responses

Valuation, or the price an investor is willing to pay for shares in your company, is obviously an important issue. So much so that I was recently listening to the Twenty Minute VC interview with Manu Kumar and he said that he has walked away from many seed deals because […]

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