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Avoiding Option Grant Mistakes, Part I: the Company Edition

We advise clients and founders through company life cycle on the ways to use equity compensation to reduce cash burn and create incentives for employees, consultants and advisors to work towards long-term success. Option grants aren’t that hard, but I see many of the same mistakes again and again. Part I below is a look at mistakes that companies make in the option process, and some...

COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources for Startups

It felt like my Twitter feed was packed with well intentioned ephemeral threads with explanations, links and hot takes (what would Twitter be without the hot takes?) on the latest resources for startups during this crisis. But they are difficult to track, and rapidly out-of-date. And the web is packed with memos and updates on the latest legislation and lobbying and news. My own bookmark list...

Checklist for Hiring a Startup Lawyer

While there’s a lot of great content available on the ins and outs of working with lawyers, fast-moving pragmatists may just want a quick checklist for doing their diligence. Here is such a checklist: 1. Are they really a “Startup Lawyer”? (Specialized) If you have a heart condition, you call a cardiologist. Brain condition: neurologist. And if you’re an early-stage technology company, you hire a...

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