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Ten Common Startup Mistakes – Part 2

In this post, I wrote about the first five out of ten common startup mistakes. Now I will continue with the next five common startup mistakes. Number 6 – Ignoring Securities Laws When a startup raises money, it has to comply with the securities laws. The Securities Act of 1933 Read More

Five Things You Should Know About Stock Options

Startups often use stock options to attract, retain, and motivate talented employees. Stock options are complicated, however, so here are five key things any startup founder (and startup employee) should know about stock options, as well as two freebie tips.     What Kind of Option Is It? There are two Read More

Anatomy of a Term Sheet 2 – Pre-Money Valuation and the Option Pool

Welcome to Anatomy of a Term Sheet Part Two. In the first part, we looked at the introductory language and some of the basic offering terms in the model term sheet of the National Venture Capital Association, which you can find here. Today we are going to look at two Read More

83(b) Basics for Startup Founders and Employees

Typically, any blog post or article about a section of the tax code promises to be a snoozer, but knowing about Section 83(b) is crucial to any startup founders and employees. It’s pretty easy to do it right, but if you are sloppy or uninformed, and you mess it up, Read More