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The 3 People You Need To Build A Successful Startup

1. The Hustler This is the business savvy person who makes sure the company makes money. Personality traits:   Go getter Disciplined Extroverted Growth mindset Networker   2. The Hacker This is the tech person who builds the damn thing. Personality traits:   Analytical Structured Reliable Focused Curious   3. The Hipster This is the […]

How To Structure A Friends And Family Round

The most important thing for you to do before anything else is to ensure full disclosure and adequate understanding of any terms and conditions with the proper documentation. This means having a business plan to share with your family and friend investors, as well as adequate legal protection – whether you’re using an investment vehicle […]

How To Not Get Fired From Your Own Company

If you are are both an employee and an owner, then the general answer is that – whether you’re a founder or not –  you can be terminated from the company as an employee, but you would remain a majority shareholder. As a majority shareholder, you’re entitled to BOD representation. The reality is often more […]

How Stock Options Work

Stock options make the most economical sense for larger startups with a relatively developed staff (senior management, rank-and-file, etc.). Since creating an options program is time intensive and requires highly specialized legal expertise, they’re quite costly to implement. Therefore, creating a stock options program for just one employee doesn’t justify the cost.   Here’s how […]

Don’t Accept Stock Options Without Considering These 11 Things

(1)  Seek percentages, not figures. Understanding what percentage of the company you own is usually the threshold question. That means knowing both the number of authorized shares, as well as the actual number that’s been issued to date. Having those figures will allow you to see the forest; without those numbers, all you can see […]

The Expected Legal Costs For A Startup At The Angel And Series A Stage

First, let’s unpack the meaning of “legal costs.” Legal costs include not only attorneys’ fees for a lawyer’s work, but also registration fees. Registration fees are non-negotiable. They’re fees set by a state or federal governmental entity and don’t include a lawyer’s billable time. Registration fees include everything from registering the incorporation of your company […]

The Difference Between Single Trigger and Double Trigger Acceleration Of Vesting During An Acquisition

A single trigger acceleration occurs when one event triggers the acceleration of vesting, allowing an equity owner to receive the full or partial value of his or her stock. Typically, they’re related to the sale, merger or restructuring of a company.   Single trigger acceleration is unpopular with investors who generally want to position the […]

How Equity Should Be Split Between Founders, Employees, and Investors When Bootstrapped

Most equity splits are fixed. That means there’s a percentage of ownership that’s firmly allocated and not subject to change. Because of its rigid structure, it’s a minefield loaded with potentially explosive variables. For instance, it tends to lack the precision required to accurately weigh one person’s sweat equity against another’s financial contributions, especially as […]

How I Eliminated 90% Of My Regret And Anxiety By Thinking Negatively

Do you know what Steve Jobs, John D. Rockefeller, Amelia Earhart, and Ulysses S. Grant have in common? They each possessed the talent of turning obstacles into opportunities drawn from the Stoic ideologies of Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. While living our lives, it’s very likely that you will run into some pretty distressing events, and at other […]

A Workaholics Guide to Happiness and Balance

I was a little reluctant to write another piece about personal growth after my previous one on Willpower recently went viral on Medium and eventually got published on the New York Observer.   But there were so many encouraging words like this, this, and this, that I convinced myself to saddle up again.   I […]

A Short Story About Money

A boat is docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village.   A tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took to catch them.   “Not very long.” they answered in unison.   “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”   The fishermen explained that […]

How to Strengthen Your Willpower to Get More Shit Done

How many of you out there can be productive when you need to, not be distracted by your phone, sleep for 7-8 hours, and exercise at least 30 minutes a day?   Not many huh? I’m like you too. But I’ve learned some tricks to strengthen my decision making skills and avoid distractions so I […]

Why Y Combinator recommends against forming an LLC

VC’s and angel investors don’t like LLC’s because of familiarity/experience working with Delaware C-Corps, tax reasons, and stock structure/financing flexibility. 9/10 times, a Delaware C-Corp is the way to go, especially if you’re a high-growth tech startup. LLCs have been around for a lot less time than C-Corporations, so angels and VC’s just deal with […]

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