eShares

  • eShares puts the screws to 409A valuation firms

    eShares puts the screws to 409A valuation firms

    Every startup that gives employees option grants has to comply with 409A, a section of the U.S. tax code that was established in late 2004 and basically states that a company has to pay tax on some of the compensation it defers, including those options. The 409A valuations are a way to get to their value. Unfortunately, for much of the last 12 years, such 409A valuations have proven… Read More

  • EShares, Now Valued At $77 Million, Looks Far Beyond Silicon Valley

    EShares, Now Valued At $77 Million, Looks Far Beyond Silicon Valley

    EShares digitizes paper stock certificates along with stock options, warrants, and derivatives to create a real-time picture of who owns what at a startup. It also makes it far simpler to transfer ownership of all of the above — which goes a long way in explaining the company’s traction. The Mountain View, Ca.-based outfit right now maintains the cap tables of 1,500 companies… Read More

  • eShares Shows Startup Employees All Their Stock And Options In One Place

    eShares Shows Startup Employees All Their Stock And Options In One Place

    In today’s startup environment, it’s become standard operating procedure for stock options to be counted as part of an employee’s overall compensation. And yet, most startup employees are totally in the dark about how many stock options they have, how many of those options have vested, and how much converting those options into stock will cost. eShares wants to change that… Read More

  • eShares Tackles The Headache Of Startup Valuations By Offering “409A-As-A-Service”

    eShares Tackles The Headache Of Startup Valuations By Offering “409A-As-A-Service”

    eShares, a company trying to replace paper records for stock options and shares, has expanded its product lineup to include something called “409A-as-a-service.” To be honest, until speaking to co-founder and CEO Henry Ward, 409A didn’t mean anything to me. Apparently it refers to a section of the corporate tax code around the valuations used for employee stock options. Read More

  • eShares Now Offers Electronic Stock Options And Real-Time Cap Table Updates For Private Companies

    eShares Now Offers Electronic Stock Options And Real-Time Cap Table Updates For Private Companies

    When we last checked in with eShares, the company had just launched its platform for issuing and managing electronic stock, rather than paper certificates, to employees, investors, and other shareholders. Now the company hopes to make its offering even more compelling, by expanding its system to help manage stock options as well. Read More