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Category: Equity education

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What are non-qualified stock options (NSOs)?

Non-qualified stock options (NSOs) are a type of stock option that does not qualify for favorable tax treatment for the employee. Learn more about when you can exercise (buy) your shares, when you can sell them, and how they’re taxed.

What you should know about direct listings

In a direct listing, shares are released directly from existing shareholders (employees and investors) to whoever wants to buy them. Learn why some private companies might explore a direct listing instead of an IPO.

How equity-holding employees can prepare for an IPO

2019 is already proving to be a banner year for IPOs. Some of the biggest names in tech have recently gone public, and others still are preparing for their public debut. Yet as an employee of one of these companies you may not be sure what this means for you financially. If your company is going public in 2019, or even in 2020, here’s what you can do to be IPO-ready.

What every founder needs to know about 409A valuations

A 409A valuation is an important (and legally required) step in a startup’s life. This is a basic lesson plan for founders on valuations.

How to manage a new or emerging venture fund

There’s a ton of advice out there for startup founders on how to raise money, set up business infrastructure, and track performance in the early stages of a company’s life. But there’s not as much guidance for managers of new venture funds.

The state of private company financing in 2018

With increased access to capital, companies find staying private longer increasingly attractive. We decided to take a look behind these headlines and dig into the data.

What is ASC 718?

ASC 718 is the standard way companies expense employee stock-based compensation on an income statement. Equity awards are part of compensation and have a specific set of accounting rules, stated in ASC 718, that companies should follow.

Webinar – Avoiding 409A pitfalls

Watch our recent webinar covering common questions like “what is a 409A valuation?” and “how should common stock value compare with preferred stock value?”

Analyzing the gender equity gap

Much has been said about the gender pay gap, but most publicly available research focuses on only one part of compensation: salary. But in startups, wealth is created through equity ownership on the cap table.