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Techstars Equity Back Guarantee

Feld Thoughts

Today Techstars announced an “ equity back guarantee ” for any company that goes through the Techstars program starting in 2015.

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Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Wealthfront Equity Plan from Wealthfront. The important similarities are that Andy and I both encourage companies to not only grant equity at the start date but also on an ongoing basis so that employees' equity ownership grows as their tenure and contributions grow. But not by much. This is critical.

Issues with Equity Misalignment

Ask The VC

The two founders with the least equity happen to be the two tech founders. Some of us feel that we made a mistake when allocating shares in the beginning – there is one founder in particular who does not do any work, and he has the second-most equity (the split goes like this: 32%, 26%, 10%, 7.5% Equity equity founders

Are You Getting Your Fair Share Of Startup Equity?

Startup Professionals Musings

So the first question I usually get is what percent of the company or equity is that person worth? Now comes the reality check. Martin Zwilling.

What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

spent a week in Europe a few weeks ago with our friend Eric who is a managing partner in a private equity firm. Venture Capital and Private Equity are very different investment disciplines. Venture Capital is minority investing. 2/ Private equity can’t afford to lose money on an investment. It’s powerful.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011


Or they are looking at Hiring a CTO and want to see what salary and equity ranges look like. Powered by Tableau I'm showing snapshots below.

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An Advisor Equity and Advisor Pool Breakdown

Eric Friedman

As a potential advisor looking to get involved with the company; MORE EQUITY! Eric Friedman Startups Advisors Equity Startup Advisors

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

Below, Lee Hower offers advice for approaching these equity discussions objectively and properly. Capital Investment & Sweat Equity.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data


The data is a bit tough to deal with via a post, so I've shared it two ways: You can find a PDF with some analysis at: CTO Equity Compensation PDF.

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For Equity Investors, A Startup Has To End To Win

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet one of the first things a potential equity investor asks about is your exit strategy. Find a private equity firm or friendly individual.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

Setting the early equity split in stone is one of the biggest mistakes founders can make. Having the real facts helps us ask better questions.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits. Contact.

Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules


The Texas State Securities Board voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve new intrastate equity-based crowdfunding rules. The […] The post Texas Approves Equity-Based Crowdfunding Rules appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin San Antonio Crowdfunding Rules equity-based crowdfunding Texas State Securities Board

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Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

Sometimes co-founders put off the equity split question for some time. Both of these are typically reflected in the founder equity split.

Equity Crowdfunding by the Numbers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A dive into the statistics and lessons from the first two years of equity crowdfunding in the USA and the future of the new Title III Equity Crowdfunding rules

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Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Image credit: Twitch. Let them.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies


The data is a bit tough to deal with via a post, so I've shared it two ways: You can find a PDF with some analysis at: CTO Equity Compensation PDF.

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Here's Why Gives Every Employee Equity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sharing equity with your workers is a worthwhile investment--so long as you know what you're doing

Does Being The First Full-Time Paid Employee Affect That Founder’s Equity In The Company?

Ask The VC

However, we are now looking to raise some private funding and one of us will be transitioning to the first full time paid employee of the company.   The question is, does being the first full-time paid employee affect that founder’s equity in the company?     I can see two sides to this issue. Equity compensation equity founders

Equity Crowdfunding: Is it Right for Your Business?

Early Growth Financial Services

In comparison, the crowdfunding market totals $.5B 5B (and has a $24% success rate at raising funds).

Kindred Disciplines: Growth Equity and Growth Hacking

Non-Linear Growth

Growth Equity and Growth Hacking: A Symbiotic Relationship Growth equity and growth hacking enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

Founder Liquidity and Growth Equity

Non-Linear Growth

… Read more › The post Founder Liquidity and Growth Equity appeared first on Non-Linear.

Equity value

Chris Dixon

This is a useful way to understand the meaning of “equity value” You learn in finance that equity value is the overall value of a the stock (i.e. equity) of a business, which in turn is the present value of all future profits. In perfectly competitive markets, all profit margins tend toward zero. startups

The right way to give equity to your employees

The Next Web

As a rule, entrepreneurs are very protective of their equity, and try to keep 100 percent ownership for themselves.  stock, options, warrants).

Equity basics: vesting, cliffs, acceleration, and exits

The Startup Toolkit

false As a cheatsheet, the “normal” equity structure is: Founder terms: 4 year vesting, 1 year cliff, for everyone, including you. Hooray.

How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

With WPEngine recently I had yet another question to answer: “What if I took $X/mo salary, then how much equity would you part with?

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Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers


Understand where they were in terms of being able to pay or was this equity-only (sweat equity only). And he was still in the process of raising additional capital, so it was equity only. There are cases where I will do equity-only deals. who start with small equity percentages don’t end up making very much from startups.

Mathematical vs. Economic Dilution of Startup Equity: Thinner Slices of an Extra-Large Pizza


The themes of equity ownership and Board control will converge in my next post, where we’ll discuss clashes at the Board and shareholder level.

Finance Fridays: Getting Started – Allocating Equity and Founder’s Investment

Feld Thoughts

Finance Friday’s gets off the ground with today’s post by introducing you to an imaginary startup, the entrepreneurs that we’ll being following throughout the series, and their first challenges: splitting up the founders’ equity and addressing the case where one of the founders provides the initial seed capital for the business.

Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data


Of course, as you would suspect, equity percentages dilute based on years in business. Most non-founders have less than 2%.

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How To Allocate Founder and Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It never makes sense to give anyone equity without vesting. The thing I love the most about Joel's post is he throws darts into a lot of conventional wisdom about founder equity allocation. particularly like his notion that the person with the idea should not command a premium on equity allocation.

Texas Proposes Equity-based Crowdfunding Rules


Last year, Austin companies received $626 million in venture capital, or 49 percent of the venture capital dollars for Texas, said Michele Skelding, senior vice president of […] The post Texas Proposes Equity-based Crowdfunding Rules appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Financing your business: Debt vs Equity


VentureBeat wrote a post recently on debt versus equity which one is right for your business. Equity. Equity is pretty straightforward.

Convertible Debt, Priced Equity Rounds and Deal Timing


An impromptu Twitter debate arose among Fred Wilson, Dave McClure, Mark Suster, Chris Dixon and others about convertible debt, priced equity rounds, and the nuances of early stage financing.

Startup compensation: flat salaries and equity/options work best

The Equity Kicker

With those caveats the best structures are flat salaries and a share of the equity. The share of equity only pays out a small percentage of the time and is far in the future which makes it imperfect as an incentive, but it is great for aligning everyone around building value and for creating a shared sense of ownership.

Startups Should Be Responsible for Explaining Equity to New Employees

View from Seed

It falls on the hiring company to thoroughly explain equity options to their new employees. Uncategorized equity VC” Full Stop.

Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

Up and Running

Donation and equity crowdfunding both appeal to the public’s desire to participate collectively in fulfilling others’ entrepreneurial visions.

The slowdown in equity financing is changing venture debt too

Version One Ventures

Debt funding is an interesting option for start-ups in two scenarios: you can increase your funding base while times are good in order to maximize growth or you can use it stretch your runway when equity raises are tougher (or you don’t want to price your equity). assets). News startup financing venture debt

Series AA Equity Financing Documents

Series AA Equity Financing Documents Y Combinator and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati are happy toannounce the Series AA Equity Financing Documents.

What Is a SAFE? A Closer Look at The Simple Agreement for Future Equity

Early Growth Financial Services

Enter the SAFE, or Simple Agreement for Future Equity. SAFEs are not debt instruments It’s right there in the name: Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Without the involvement of debt, there … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Funding Early Stages SAFE equity y combinator convertible debt