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Share options are key to Valley culture; the UK is getting close, but not there yet

The Equity Kicker

It sometimes seems that in the Valley that everyone is an angel investor and the streets are paved with gold. Startup general interest

Planning for the Future: Your Exit Strategy

Up and Running

Even if an island in the Maldives isn’t in the cards, if you’re seeking outside investment, an exit strategy is essential. Liquidation.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

Both Sides of the Table

And to keep up with the Jones’s it seems that Yahoo! et al really have to keep up with the Jones’s to build its future?

Facebook Insiders Cash Out

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Early investor Peter Thiel and Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz both dumped shares after the first lock-up period expired.

What To Do With Sudden Wealth?

Thinking About Thinking

Your company just went public and the lock-up period is over. What’s the value of the year “waiting period”? There’s a reason so many lottery winners end up unhappy. There’s a reason professional athletes end up bankrupt at alarming rates. So, what do you do? Hire personal staff.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Cojones (7/11)

Both Sides of the Table

The problem was that he was still working out the lock-up period in his big company. It’s lost salary for a period of time.

409A Valuations

Venture Chronicles

– If private investors have already bid up the valuation, will there be an IPO jump in the stock price? The secondary market that has emerged in our current period is simply a response to market conditions that frustrate liquidity. Doubtful. This breaks the conventional wisdom about pre-IPO stock options.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

And to keep up with the Jones''s it seems that Yahoo! et al really have to keep up with the Jones''s to build its future? in their 20s.

ProfessorVC: The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic

Professor VC

Dont miss Plan - This may seem obvious, but Ive seen a number of CEOs shot for missing the first quarters numbers after going public, which is a great way to shrink your market cap well before the lock-up period is up. Baby's All Grown Up. The best way to describe my work is probably start-up CFO guy.

EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive - A Tale of Two (or Three) Proposals

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

In one of the more controversial aspects of the legislation, after a three-year transition period, authorization would also be required for managers based outside the EU which market their funds to investors within the EU. The Council is made up of one member from each Member State. Sound off on this buzz in the Comments Section.

Allen's Blog: Commandment #10: Control the Meeting (But Be Smart.

Allen's Blog

That is, (1) note the disagreement, (2) after the meeting go gather your facts and your (logical) arguments and (3) quickly and succinctly follow up with the questioner and your proponent within the VC firm (if they’re different). Better still, dont turn up in the first place. the door when the lock-up period is over.

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