Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Andy was a founding partner at Benchmark and knows his way around a startup cap table. 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. Where Andy and I differ a bit is how to calculate how much equity should be granted.

What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I spent a week in Europe a few weeks ago with our friend Eric who is a managing partner in a private equity firm. I’ve also had the pleasure of working on a board of one of our portfolio companies with a private equity investor who is making a few minority investments. Venture Capital and Private Equity are very different investment disciplines. 2/ Private equity can’t afford to lose money on an investment. The buck stops there at the partners desk.

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7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. I’ll put in the money, if you put in the sweat equity.”

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? The next default of waiting until later is equally bad, since partners who bow out early will still expect an equal share of that first billion you make later.

CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ). You can also enter salary and equity data to see where you stand.

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Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

Having seen these dilemmas derail countless startups, I wish every entrepreneur and prospective founder would read this book." - Eric The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

www.startuplessonslearned.com

Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. The following is an exclusive excerpt which sets up a common pitfall regarding equity splits. Setting the early equity split in stone is one of the biggest mistakes founders can make. Founders Dilemmas: Equity Splits. Lessons Learned.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

For years, the purple hoodie was given only to valued partners and Twitch employees to wear while covering gaming’s biggest events. From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Image credit: Twitch.

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

View from Seed

Yet once the right firms are identified, I believe that the tougher challenge is to determine which partner at these firms to approach. Most firms have anywhere from a couple to up to a dozen or more partners listed on their websites.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

SoCal CTO

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. However, when I told him that the level of engagement required from me and the fact that equity-only development was required, he seemed to be a bit offended. There are cases where I will do equity-only deals.

Partners Forever (or close to it)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am still technically a partner in a venture capital firm (Euclid Partners) that I left in early 1996. I still get K1s from them as there remain a few illiquid investments in the last fund I was a partner in. We stopped investing at Flatiron Partners in the summer of 2000, twelve years ago. One of my partners sits on another board. Venture Capital and Private Equity are "long latency" businesses.

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. I particularly like his notion that the person with the idea should not command a premium on equity allocation. Founding teams that allocate the founders equity fairly stay together a lot more than founding teams where one founder has a much better deal than the others.

Financing your business: Debt vs Equity

StartupCFO

VentureBeat wrote a post recently on debt versus equity which one is right for your business. So what I would like to do here is layout a more comprehensive framework for the pros and cons of debt versus equity and when you could look at each for financing your business. Equity.

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. employees, partners) are appropriately motivated to help you succeed. Entrepreneur employees equity startup

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees

thinkspace.com

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees. The part that I’d like to zero in on is when you’ve got a high growth company what are some of the best practices out there to distribute equity to the founders, advisors, and employees? Equity for Founders.

How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

It’s among the most-asked questions on startup forums, and an issue we’re dealing with right now at WPEngine as we bring on new employees: How do you decide how much equity (shares) to give a new employee or partner?

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Are You Ready for Equity Based Crowdfunding?

Up and Running

Then, the unveiling of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed equity crowdfunding rules reveals a panacea for growing your business’s coffers. Equity crowdfunding vs. donation crowdfunding. Equity crowdfunding differs from donation crowdfunding in two major ways.

The Right Way to Grant Equity to Your Employees

Redeye VC

Prior to Wealthfront, Rachleff co-founded and was general partner of Benchmark Capital. is the virtually universal practice among tech companies of distributing meaningful equity (usually in the form of stock options) to ordinary employees. Andy Rachleff is President and CEO of Wealthfront, a software-based financial advisor. He also teaches courses on technology entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Follow him on Twitter @arachleff.

Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt?

techcrunch.com

Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt? As a refresher, a convertible note is a loan that automatically converts into equity upon the closing of a Series A round of financing. Kleiner Perkins Partners With Rock Health To Give Health Tech Startups A Boost.

What is Sweat Equity Worth?

www.entrepreneur.com

What is Sweat Equity Worth? Determining how to value sweat equity is key when negotiating with investors and employees. Entrepreneurs often ask me how to value the sweat equity invested in their startup. But over the years, I have come to realize that sweat equity isn't the same thing as market value for your startup. Investors have no idea how to value sweat equity, and I now believe it's a bad idea to let them tell you how to do it.

How To Attract The Right VC Partners

Early Growth Financial Services

Set Selection Criteria — Well before … Continue reading → Equity / Debt / Venture Funding The relationship between investors and founders can be tricky to navigate. At the best of times, it’s symbiotic, leading to gains for both sides. At others it can degenerate into a test of wills, or worse. How can you forge mutually beneficial, productive relationships with VCs that make best use of your respective strengths and effectively utilize your time?

Quality over quantity on The Equity Kicker

The Equity Kicker

In 2006 I was a newly minted Partner at DFJ Esprit (now DraperEsprit ) without the family, fundraising, and fund management responsibilities I have now. Robert Scoble is perhaps the greatest blogger of them all, so when I started blogging in 2006 I read Naked Conversations , his guide to blogging. One of his tips was to post every day. At the time we were all reading blogs in feedreaders which we checked every day for updates from our favourite bloggers.

Announcing Volition Capital’s Newest $250 Million Growth Equity Fund, Volition Capital Fund III

Thinking About Thinking

This fund will have substantially the same strategy and focus as all of our prior funds – which we call small cap technology growth equity. Our small cap technology growth equity strategy is not a marketing pitch – it’s our genuine, feel-it-in-our bones, part-of-our-DNA, belief about how to best steward the capital of our investors. And our goal is to be excellent at small cap technology growth equity investing. Growth Equity Volition Capital Venture Capital

Announcing Volition Capital’s Newest $250 Million Growth Equity Fund, Volition Capital Fund III

Thinking About Thinking

This fund will have substantially the same strategy and focus as all of our prior funds – which we call small cap technology growth equity. Our small cap technology growth equity strategy is not a marketing pitch – it’s our genuine, feel-it-in-our bones, part-of-our-DNA, belief about how to best steward the capital of our investors. And our goal is to be excellent at small cap technology growth equity investing. Growth Equity Volition Capital Venture Capital

Will New Equity-based Crowdfunding Regulations Cool the UK Market?

Early Growth Financial Services

This guest post was contributed by Richard Heap, Partner at Kingston Smith. New UK regulations for equity-based crowdfunding While the U.S. It involves large numbers of people contributing small amounts over online platforms as equity investment or cash loans to support new business initiatives. A key goal … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Funding

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How Much Equity a Technical Cofounder Should Get - Nathan Hurst's Blog

Nathan Hurst

This covers one of the most common situations I encounter: For a pre-funding web startup whose team includes only a non-technical cofounder, how much equity should an incoming technical cofounder get? 6a] Salary upon funding -0%: No extra equity for getting a salary upon funding.

CircleUp Draws More Investors As Equity Crowdfunding Gains Ground

Inc Startups

Ryan Caldbeck and Rory Eakin founded CircleUp, their equity-crowdfunding portal, in 2011, before the word " crowdfunding " would be printed in news without definition, and long before the U.S. A new slate of investors, including Canaan Partners, and Rose Park Advisors, agree.

11/29/2014 - Superfund Equities Report

Chaganomics

11/29/2014 - Superfund Equities Report - www.tinyletter.com/superfund The fund sold F (Ford) and piled up on TASR (Taser), SWHC (Smith & Wesson), ZNGA (Zynga) and ABR (Arbor REIT) Citi Group''s Index unit is for sale - LINK OPEC''s meeting in Vienna this week shook the oil markets. Williams Partners L.P. CH Chad Hagan CEO, Hagan Capital EIC, Superfund Equities www.tinyletter.com/superfund

What to Look For in a Business Partner

Up and Running

When I was going through the co-founder “dating” process, I’d found a potential partner through my network who seemed to be perfect. At the end of the month, we’d evaluate the partnership and discuss equity. Finding the right business partner for me.

Tritium Partners of Austin Closes on a $309 Million Fund

SiliconHills

Tritium Partners of Austin has closed on its inaugural $309 million private equity fund. Tritium plans to invest in companies in the Internet and information services, supply chain and logistics and financial and business services industries […] The post Tritium Partners of Austin Closes on a $309 Million Fund appeared first on SiliconHills.

Pay for Publicity with Equity

Inc Startups

The price: A little equity. Wahooly will negotiate a percentage of equity based on the number of users it will deliver plus other factors, such as stage status, co-founder Dana Severson said.) Would you exchange equity in your company for help getting the word out

Crisis Shmisis: Q2 2010 Closes with 40 deals and more than $400 million raised in Israel (Deal Summary)

VC Cafe

As a part of the round Rina Shainski, General Partner of Carmel Ventures joined company’s board. TASE:MAYN) Infinity Private Equity Fund; Suzhou Ventures Group Co., FIE Investment Management LLP;Forum International Equity Fund Ltd. -. Viola Private Equity Buyer Funds: 28.

How to Spot Talent, Find Great Partners, and Build Long Term Business (and Personal) Relationships

Inc Startups

and why giving up equity for a few celebrity tweets is never a good idea SB Projects COO Scott Manson on how to spot talent, create mutually beneficial relationships.

9 Key Things Successful Business Partners Always Do

Inc Startups

Finding the right business partners. The story drives home the keys to how most successful business partners work together and what wrecks the chemistry between others. Here are nine proven best practices for business partners: 1.

How to Convince a Big Brand to Partner With You

Inc Startups

The only thing you need is a big brand to notice you, realize the brilliance of your startup , and sign on the dotted line as a partner. Another idea: find others who have successfully partnered with the big brand you''re going after. "Go

Startup Investor Makes a Deal: Engineers for Equity

mashable.com

“Once that product is built, you will probably have given away a lot of equity.&# In exchange for $150,000 to $300,000 of work, each startup has given Kayweb 14% to 40% equity. ); // Welcome to Mashable! Sign in with Facebook or Twitter to get started!

Private Equity: Threat or Menace?

Inc Startups

Private equity is under attack in Presidential politics. If you let that affect your decision to accept private equity capital, you're out of your mind. What is surprising, though, is that the target of one of the attack ads is private equity. So, What is Private Equity, Exactly?

How many business partners should you have? Maybe zero

Up and Running

It’s almost as if we – the startup community – have been led to believe that you need partners. Some with partners, others without. On the other hand, the ventures which were outright failures or fledgling businesses involved anywhere from two to four business partners.

Venture Geeks Launches New Startup Accelerator Program in Tel Aviv

VC Cafe

The cost for startups is 10% of their equity. The incubator got $5 million in funding from GKVentures I, a US-based private equity fund. Geekmedia VentureGeek Auto Draft equity funding Genesis Partners incubator Israeli startups private equity fund startup accelerator program y combinator