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THE BEST STARTUP ARTICLES

The best Startup related articles from community experts providing insight for your business.

2016 has been a whirlwind year for employer legislation and compliance, and things aren’t slowing down. In July, the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a list of increased penalty amounts for violations related to employee benefits and pay -- some of which haven’t bee...

According to a report from Harvard Business School, as many as three out of four startups fail to succeed in the long term. To hold their own amongst established competitors, startups need strong leadership teams and effective business strategy. I recently spoke with T...

In the 1980s, the United States had two major hubs of technology innovation. Everyone knows about Silicon Valley, but the East Coast had a "Silicon Valley" of its own, located along Route 128 in the suburbs of Boston. When Gov. Michael Dukakis touted the "Massachusetts...

A recent story in The New York Times story sent shivers throughout the alleyways of downtown Manhattan with its bold headline, “The Robots Are Coming for Wall Street.” Conjuring images of Arnold Schwarzenegger, armed with scientific calculator and a mandate to snuff ou...

It’s a growing pain that many small businesses have. Company founders and CEOs are rarely equipped to handle financing strategies, budgets and dealing with investors. But bringing on a chief financial officer is not cheap. If your company’s revenue is growing quickly,...

For many startups, the short answer is “no.” Some startups can create their own 409A valuation report for $0 using a DIY 409A calculator.

Few regulations are more annoying to early-stage entrepreneurs than IRC 409A. This regulation requires that stock options be issued...

Many founders and CEOs of startups don’t spend a lot of time thinking about CFOs. When it comes to finance for a startup, founders focus on more pressing needs: What’s my burn rate? How long is my runway? How does our annual recurring revenue (ARR) look? How much more...

Projections are a funny concept in business. On paper they mean one thing but to entrepreneurs they mean something entirely different. Think of it like a dirty, little secret. While you show potential investors your best face, you show on-board investors a more conserv...

Equity basics: vesting, cliffs, acceleration, and exits

As a cheatsheet, the “normal” equity structure is:

Founder terms: 4 year vesting, 1 year cliff, for everyone, including you

Advisor terms (0.5–2.0%): 4 (or 2) year vesting, optional cliff, full acceleration on exit

Ge...

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