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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup.

The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

Do My Early Stage Investors Own Too Much Of The Company?

Ask The VC

More Context: I recently joined a very early stage company as their CEO. Most VCs in India say we are too early stage for them and we have just started looking at angel investment as an option. There are definitely cases where the early investors own too much of the company to make it fundable. post)).

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

In the 1990s when companies needed £2-5m to get a product to market they had money to hire a team of people to help them.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Although these startups are very diverse businesses themselves, they face similar requirements (especially in that they’re currently all in the seed to Series B range of company stage). Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using.

The 7 (mostly free) tools Product Hunt used to build its early-stage community

The Next Web

Erik Torenberg is Product Hunts first hire. Product Hunts core is itscommunity. Its our lifeblood.

5 Secrets to Staffing an Early Stage Start-Up

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

To survive the "make it or break it" stage of launching a start-up, find someone who will work through the tough times. Hire a forecaster.

3 useful tips to help your early stage startup acquire paying enterprise customers

The Next Web

At Scripted , we’ve been able to acquire almost 1,000 paying business customers without hiring a single outside sales representative.

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups. Data Collective has already made 46 investments from its first fund, which it calls “comparable with other seed and early stage funds” (Ocko and Bogue wouldn’t reveal fund size.). Startups. Mobile. Gadgets.

Early Stage Investments For Politicians


believe the importance of early stage investing for politicians can be explained through them. My guess is that it's quite many.

How to Hire Your First Employee

Up and Running

Before you get there, however, you have to actually complete the interviewing, hiring, and onboarding process. Hire for your weaknesses.

The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

Many startup CEOs hire COOs or launch companies with a co-founder carrying the title. When should founders hire one? Should I learn them?

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4 Tricks For Hiring Talent

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hiring talent in the early stages of your company is crucial. Here's a guide to help

Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?


Using my StartupRoar as a radar, I came across a great post by Gabriel Weinberg Do you really need a full-time hire for that? Far from it.

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How To Design a Successful Interview Process for Hiring Top Talent

Instigator Blog

Most companies don’t have a serious, repeatable interviewing process for hiring. At Standout Jobs (2007-2010) we hired some great people. Note: Most of the hiring we did was in 2007-2008. Next, Fred took over and did a more technical interview with candidates (assuming we were hiring programmers). Reviewing Resumes.

Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. My answer is almost always the same: dont. Dont scale.

Fundraising? Be a Buyer, not a Seller


Most founders raise (or try to) far too early. At the late stage ($10M+ revenue) the reverse is true. So, what’s the solution?

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Why You Should Hire 'Athletes'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And they're the best type of employees you can hire at a start-up. Here are a few tips we've learned about finding and hiring athletes: 1.

Hiring Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Jon Stross, lead a conversation around “Hiring Product Manager”.

The Best Hires Are Right Under Your Nose - Use This System to Never Miss Them Again

Redeye VC

99% of the time your best hires will come from your staff''s combined network — you might already know that. This article is about how to proactively mine all the networks you have access to for early-stage hiring excellence. Do you know where your first 10 employees are going to come from? How about the next 10?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Boston Tech: 2016 Update

View from Seed

On the early-stage side, this includes groups like Assemble , founded by Michael Skok, John Pearce, and C.A. To name a few: 1.

Five Recruiting Metrics Every Founder Should Track

View from Seed

Founders furiously work their networks, post open positions on every reasonable-looking job board, and hope to quickly start hiring.

Startup Sales – Why Hiring Seasoned Reps May Not Work

Both Sides of the Table

One of the biggest mistakes I see early-stage startups making is hiring “seasoned&# sales professionals or hiring people too senior, too early.

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The Controversial First Role to Hire After Your “A Round”

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve thought a lot about team construction of early stage companies. I was once asked on Quora what my idea startup team would be.

HighScore House is Hiring

Instigator Blog

One of the most important thing right now for HighScore House is hiring. HighScore House is a Year One Labs portfolio company.

Thoughts on quant approaches to early stage investing

The Equity Kicker

‘Quant VC’ is a hot topic at the moment. That’s mostly because the world is changing too fast. Venture Capital

If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO

Reid Hoffman

love the early stages of building a company.  And any CEO you hire should be eager to accept your honest counsel.) The Web 2.0

Are True Early Stage Investors an Endangered Species?

VC Deal Lawyer

I think we can all agree that early stage investing has changed significantly over the past 10 years and I don’t see it reversing any time soon.  This gap straddles two stages of financing - seed stage and early stage.  This early stage gap is a problem that desperately needs a solution. 

5 Reasons to Hire More Moms

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Then I sought the advice of a former mentor and colleague, Dave Yarnold, who had just joined an early-stage startup, ServiceMax , as CEO. He hired me on the spot for a half-time job with the goal of shifting to a full-time VP role later on. Instead of one full-time generalist, I hired two experts who work fewer hours.

4 Tips for Hiring People Who Work As Hard As You Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How does a CEO ensure that she hires the right people and cultivates the right culture from the get-go? But, now what?

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When The VC Asks: About Your Hiring Plan

Hunter Walker

Whether it’s adding capacity to an existing function (#MawrEngineers) or bringing new talents onboard (“we intend to make our first marketing hire”), glossing over these bullet points towards the back of the pitch deck would be a mistake. I’m interested in not just what these people will be doing but how and when they’ll be hired.

Why You Should (Probably) Hire Specialists

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

New research suggests the more valuable hire might be someone who can do one thing--but do it really well. Think you want a well-rounded rsum?

Hiring Tips for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are some hiring tips to help you get started. Hiring is the same way. Everyone should be involved, especially in the early stages.

The Executive Summary; Loosen Up a bit.

Scalable Startup

often get inquiries about getting involved in early stage companies here and around the country. You hardly ever see a Silicon Valley startup without one, no matter how early stage. merge/acquire/acq-hire, drop yours for another better one. The Executive Summary. But I’ve noticed that in L.A. Be better.

7 Things to Look for in Your First Hires

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Your first employees are often the most important hires you''ll make--so don''t move too fast. They can light their own fire.

5 Ways to Hire Superstar Talent Without Going Broke

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There''s a point in the growth cycle of every early stage company when an infusion of new talent is necessary. Sadly, many entrepreneurs behind startups with limited resources believe that hiring these stars is impossible. Surprise! million-dollar vision may be more enticing than a million dollars. Share your vision.

Use Equity to Hire the Best

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But early-stage companies should generally allocate at least 15 percent of their available shares for future key hires.

How to pinpoint the best hire for each stage in the business life cycle

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A startup in the development stage needs to hire a very different type of person than does a growth company aiming for maturity.

Why tech founders can’t hire in early salespeople

The Startup Toolkit

Spoiler: You can’t hire out sales because in the early days it’s about learning, not selling, and hired guns can’t bring back bad news. As a tech founder doing sales, you’ll find yourself constantly fantasising about hiring in a sales guy to take all your pain away. Pitching & selling

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How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

The question is further complicated when the new hire is getting a salary. How-To finance hiring investmentWhat about $Y/mo?&#

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