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 [...]

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 [...]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Go-To Resources For Startups

Posted by Dan Eyman | June 13th, 2016 | No responses

We work with startups all the time and thought we would highlight a few resources that we have not only come across but also checked out and think every startup could benefit by accessing:   1. Y Combinator Startup Library: Good place to start for all things startup. They have […]

Rights & Preferences: BOD Rights

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

What is a Board of Directors (BOD)? The BOD is the governing body of a company and approves (ratifies) all major decisions, including but not limited to selling the company, going public (IPO), debt financing, equity financing, and more. Basically, on all major “stuff” the Board will be involved and […]

Rights & Preferences: What You Need to Know About Dividends

Posted by Dan Eyman | May 19th, 2016 | No responses

These are not usually a real point of negotiation with venture capital term sheets but we have seen terms that can be dilutive to founders and its best to understand what these terms mean and how they affect you and your company. First I want to take a moment to […]

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