stock options

Employee liquidity isn’t a myth, but it isn’t easy to provide either

There are many ways startups can build a program to allow their staff to take some early liquidity.

Inside Secfi’s 2022 state of stock options equity report

An estimated 24% of startups on the Secfi platform reduced their fair market valuations in 2022, according to an internal analysis.

Here’s how to protect your equity if you get laid off

Investing a small amount of time to figure out what you want to do can potentially lead to a life-changing sum of money.

‘We are going to create the best environment for startups in Europe’

Spain’s government is gearing up to pass the country’s first ever startup law. A draft law agreed by ministers was presented to the parliament last month. The process of debating and agreeing the

Inside Secfi’s 2021 state of stock options equity report

Record public exit activity is good news for founders and investors, but what about the employees who were granted stock options in those companies?

Ledgy is an equity management tool for European startups

Every startup founder faces the same issue — how do you manage your cap table and equity plans in a transparent and lightweight manner? If you’re based in the U.S., chances are you’re using an e

A founder’s guide to effectively managing your options pool

In today’s cash rich environment, options are more valuable than cash. Founders have many guides on how to raise money, but not enough has been written about how to protect your startup’s option p

Here are 3 things you should do with your stock options

The best way you can get ahead is just by understanding how your stock options work, being prepared, and knowing what questions to ask your tax or financial professionals.

Startup employees should pay attention to Biden’s capital gains tax plans

The Biden Administration has reportedly proposed significant changes to the capital gains tax, aiming to target the wealthiest Americans to help fund his historic aid programs.

30 European startup CEOs call for better stock option policies

Thirty European tech CEOs of big startups signed a letter about stock options in Europe. Other tech CEOs can join the group and sign the letter before it is sent to policymakers on January 7. As you c

The Gap Table: Women own just 9% of startup equity

Even bigger than the salary gap that sees women earn $.82 on the dollar is the equity gap. A new study from Carta and the ex-Twitter female investor group #Angels reveals that women make up 35 percent

Senate plans disastrous tax on vesting that could kill stock compensation

A proposed tax that charges people as their startup equity vests instead of when they cash it out and actually have money to pay the taxes could wreck how tech companies recruit talent. And the indust

Why Uber may see a fresh flood of departures in the not-too-distant future

Last year, we told you about the employees at Uber who were seemingly handcuffed to the company, noting that those whose shares were vested can't afford to quit. By February of this year, Uber had str

Some tweaks to build employee loyalty

Two years here. Three years there. Another five somewhere else. Frequent job-hopping used to be a red flag, suggesting a candidate was unfocused and disloyal. That stigma seems to be gone. Changing jo

Uber lawsuit alleges employees were misled on equity compensation

An Uber employee has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of misleading employees about their equity compensation. Uber “devised a fraudulent scheme to recruit highly sought software engin

What To Do If Your Lead Investor Asks For ESOP

As valuations continue to rise, early stage VCs are getting more “creative” with their deal structuring. In particular, I’ve seen a rise in requests for ESOP shares to be allocated to lead inves

The Vote Is in and Twitter Gets its Tax Breaks. Now, What about Everyone Else?

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City Tax Battle Isn't About a Two-Year Break. It's About Repealing the Payroll Tax Completely

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San Francisco Wants to Tax Your Stock Options– All of Them.

<img src='' class="shot" alt="" />Few people are aware the San Francisco has had a tax provision in its municipal code since 2004 that requires

Newsflash: Working for Google early on makes you rich

This lady’s name is Bonnie Brown. She’s a skillionaire. She wasn’t always rich, though. Back in 1999, she was making $450 a week as a masseuse for Google, which at that time had 40 e
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