I Am Not My Stock Price

Feld Thoughts

If you are an founder or employee of a public company, repeat after me: “ I am not my stock price.” It’s easily to get bummed out when your stock price drops. If you look at the stock price every day the market is open, you’ll look at it about 250 times a year.

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How Much Stock Should Startups Dole Out?

YFS Magazine

One of the toughest compensation-related questions that founders and executives face is that of granting stock to key employees, board members, advisors or consultants. Finance Grow employee stock options money raising capital raising startup capital stock options

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8 Ways To Maximize The Value Of Your Startup Stock

Startup Professionals Musings

When an entrepreneur first incorporates his or her business, he or she may find him or herself the proud owner of 10 million shares of common stock, commonly called founder’s shares. Make sure the government waits for a stock sale to collect taxes. This is called stock dilution control.

How Valuable Are Stock Options Offered By A Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

Many employees forget that there isn’t even a market for startup stock, until after the company has gone public, which hasn’t happened positively to many companies in the last few years. Your compensation is the total package of stock plus salary plus benefits.

Uncommon Stock – The First Book From FG Press

Feld Thoughts

Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 That’s what we are doing with Uncommon Stock and startup fiction. We’ve used Uncommon Stock as the alpha test for our process and have improved a lot of things. Grab your copy of Uncommon Stock: 1.0.

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The Great Internet Stock Correction of 1997, or 1999, or …

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday I read Kara Swisher’s post What Does the Recent Tech Stock Downturn Mean? In the last two weeks there’s been a flurry of articles about the implications of a 25% decline in the public market value of a bunch of Internet stocks. I can’t remember the month, but I think it was in the summer, that all the public Internet stocks dropped a bunch (probably 25%). A few weeks later Internet stocks started to fall.

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Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. Stock dilution control.

A Different Approach to Refreshing Stock Option Grants

Feld Thoughts

I’ve never really understood why the majority of stock option refresh grants are stacked grants mid-way through the granting process. Entrepreneurship equity grants stock options vestingEvery year in December and January I go through the same cycle for all the boards I’m on. It’s the annual bonus, next year bonus plan, option grant refresh cycle.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

If you didn’t notice that the stock markets in the US dropped nearly 4% today (after falling last Thursday and Friday) then you were probably completely off-the-grid and on vacation. Simply put – I buy the long-term case for having a portion of one’s savings in stocks.

Should founders get Stock Options?


Founders often ask me whether they should be asking for stock options in their own company. The post Should founders get Stock Options? Image Source: [link]. Some of them feel sheepish for asking. Some feel entitled.

Today’s Fun – Gnip, Twitter, Uncommon Stock, and Pre-Seed Rounds

Feld Thoughts

Today at 5pm I’m doing a fireside chat with Eliot Peper , the author of Uncommon Stock , the first book published by FG Press. The post Today’s Fun – Gnip, Twitter, Uncommon Stock, and Pre-Seed Rounds appeared first on Feld Thoughts. My Investments gnip moz twitter uncommon stock venture FSA (Feld Service Announcement) – my version of a “public service announcement”: Moz is on the hunt for a VP of UX and Design.

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How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Even with an agreed initial equity split, it’s smart to have founder’s stock actually issued or vested over a period of at least two years, on a month-by-month basis. Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two.

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Qualified Small Business Stock

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Let's start with the definition of Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). From this excellent post on the AICPA website : To qualify as QSBS, the stock must be: Issued by a domestic C corporation with no more than $50 million of gross assets at the time of issuance; Issued by a corporation that uses at least 80% of its assets (by value) in an active trade or business, other than in certain personal services and types of businesses described in more detail below; Issued after Aug.

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10 Fantastic Websites For Stock Photography

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Stock photos are readily available for free in the internet but navigating around this labyrinth of content can be very difficult. But, if you are willing to take a plunge in the sea of free stock photos, you are in for a lot of confusing stuff such as license restrictions and required attributions. Royalty Fre e – These are photos that you buy on paid stock photo sites that doesn’t need any additional payment for the licensing fees and royalties.

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Stock Photography vs. Real Photos: Can’t We Use Both?


So Why The Hell Do You INSIST On Using Stock Photography?! You pay, download the stock photo, jury-rig it into your design & look at your work with a mixed sense of pride & shame. Back in 1996, Jennifer Anderson posed for a stock photo shoot shortly after graduating college.

How To Earn The Most With Penny Stocks


Stock market has always flourished over the years and that is the reason why more and more people are shifting to invest their money in stock than on term deposits. One of the easiest ways to achieve success in the stock market is by trading on penny stocks.

How Often Do Employees Of VC-backed Startups Get Stock Options?

Ask The VC

Question: How often do venture-backed start-up employees (let’s say non-executives) get stock option grants? Equity employees equity stock optionsBesides the initial grant when they start, how often do “re-up” grants come? Should they be expected after further funding rounds? After significant accomplishments/promotions? Never? The short answer, at least in the US, is “most of the time.”

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules


In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. Stock dilution control.

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Startup Stock Exchange – Buy And Sell Startup Shares


Well, you may want to check out Startup Stock Exchange then. So unlike Kiva or Kickstarter, for Startup Stock Exchange you actually own a piece of the company you invest in. It’ll be interesting to see what your Startup Stock Exchange portfolio looks like!

Why should different stock classes in a startup be created?


As an example, let’s say that I invest $100,000 into Company X and receive 10% of the company’s stock in exchange for my investment. So it would seem on the surface that I contributed $100,000 and you as the founder contributed $900,000, so we should therefore both just get a proportionate number of shares of the same kind of stock, right? THEN, anything left over (in this case it would be $400,000) goes to you (who own what is called “Common” stock).

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How Many Startup Stock Options are Enough?

Startup Professionals Musings

Many employees forget that there isn’t even a market for stock, until after the company has gone public, which hasn’t happened positively to many companies in the last few years. Thus, stock doesn’t “pay the mortgage” today, so to speak.

Who are stock certificates issued to and when?

Ask The VC

Q: We are a Delaware C Corp registered as a Foreign Entity in Colorado our home state and we need to figure out the answers to the following questions with regards to stock certificates. If you buy the stock, you get the certificates.

36 Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Little Entrepreneur

Up and Running

While a unicycle isn’t classically considered a toy (or a stocking stuffer), it’s still a gift worth considering.

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CEO Jack Dorsey Buys $7 Million Worth of Twitter Stock

Inc Startups

The founder of the struggling social network has more faith in the tech stock than many investors these days

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Startup Employee Stock Options

Florida Venture Blog

I’ve wanted to share a post about entrepreneur stock option planning for some time; one of the standard discussions I have with every founder I back shortly after we close funding together. stock optionsSurprisingly there aren’t many thorough posts on the topic, but I did find a quality series posted by John Nesheim back in 2007. [.].

The Top 5 Free Stock Charting Softwares

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Many of us are interested in the world of stocks and always looking to learn more. Why Invest in Stocks? First off, the all-important question: why invest in stocks? Stocks have proven their worth through the ages with one of the highest rate of returns over any other investment. At the same time, when you invest in stocks you have to accept a certain level of volatility. What is Stock Charting? What is stock charting (also called technical analysis)?

Why This Fintech Startup Thinks You'll Buy Stock From Kmart

Inc Startups

Stockpile is hoping its novel spin on buying stock will strike a chord with everyday shoppers

Two Charts

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Tech stock performance has been strong but is driven by strong revenue growth and good business fundamentals generally speaking. stocks VC & TechnologyWhat is the capital markets environment for startup tech companies?

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When Does Zynga Become a Value Stock?

Agile VC

Governance/Control – Founder/CEO Mark Pincus has sold a good amount of his stock and owns <20% of shares outstanding, but now essentially has unilateral voting control of the company. Draw something… other than this painful chart.

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Perk.com Raises $20 million and Begins Trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange


Perk.com, based in Austin, announced Wednesday that its common shares began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the stock symbol “PER.” and Beacon Securities […] The post Perk.com Raises $20 million and Begins Trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange appeared first on SiliconHills. ” The startup, which creates a rewards platform for users online, also raised about $20.2

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What Is Going To Happen In 2017

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The stock market has already factored in these tax cuts so it won’t be as big of a boon for investors as might be expected, but the seven and half year bull market run will be extended as a result of this tax cut stimulus before being halted by rising rates and/or some boneheaded move by President Trump which seems inevitable. blockchain crypto economics enterprise entrepreneurship genetics machine learning policy Politics stocks VC & TechnologyHappy New Year Everyone.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have held on way too long and watched a publicly traded stock literally go all the way to zero without selling it (ouch). And I have made the even worse decision of selling too soon and watching a stock go up three, four, five times from where I sold it. Personally, I like to dollar cost average out of a stock (sell a position over time instead of all at once) and I also like to hold onto some of the position for the very long term (schmuck insurance).

I’m a stock picker

The Equity Kicker

If the definition of success is $10bn+ I can agree, but at lower levels I think skilled investors who stock pick can materially out perform the market average you will get from spray and pray. I like to think that we have the information and the smarts to be good stock pickers, and that we will have enough exits in the £100-500m range to make Forward Partners a great fund.

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Taking Stock


Taking Stock. Although most of that work is focused on how to move the business forward, I also make sure to take stock of my own career trajectory. Hopefully everyone takes the time to take stock like this at least once a year. Every year around this time, I take a few minutes to reflect on how the business is doing, on my goals and development plans, and on what I want to accomplish in the coming year.

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What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And yet Fitbit ended the year with its stock near its all time low. All produced positive stock performance in 2016. AR/VR blockchain crypto drones enterprise entrepreneurship machine learning mobile Politics robots and drones stocks Television VC & Technology voice interfaces wearablesAs has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward.

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Being Public

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

stocks VC & TechnologyTwo former USV portfolio companies had tough earnings calls last night. And you look at that and you might say “why would any company want to go public?” ” But here is the thing. Being public is about being transparent, accountable, and owning up to the issues and dealing with them. I think it makes companies better. If you are losing your biggest customer, you have to tell the world and deal with the consequences.

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The CEO of This $3.7 Billion Startup Allegedly Fired Employees Right Before Their Stock Options Vested

Inc Startups

New reports suggests that Tanium's Orion Hindawi fostered a hostile culture at his security startup.

Stock Market Drops. Then It Rallies. What Happens Next for Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

So when the market started showing good signs (iPhone, Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, stock market growth) it was happy days again. Risks of these two factors to the stock market. Stock market declines would bring back dog days of VC.

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LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Gives His $14 Million Stock Bonus to His Employees

Inc Startups

The moves comes after the company's stock fell more than 40 percent following its earnings report in February

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Stock Trading App Robinhood Joins the Unicorn Club With a $1.3 Billion Valuation

Inc Startups

Robinhood, the popular commission-free, mobile stock-trading app, now carries a valuation of $1.3 billion. Technology