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This post was originally part of my weekly “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of the most popular websites for entrepreneurs). Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section. Many thanks, Scott
Tags: 409A, acceleration, business attorney, employees, option pool, restricted stock, securities laws, stock option, vesting, vesting schedules Posted in Ask the Attorney, Startup Issues | Comments Off on Ask the Business Attorney – What Is an Employee Stock Option?
Fred Wilson, a New York City-based VC, wrote an interesting post a few days ago entitled “Valuation and Option Pool,” in which he discusses the “contentious” issue of the inclusion of an option pool in the pre-money valuation of a startup. Based on the comments to such post and a google search of related posts, it occurred to me that there is a lot of misinformation on the Web with respect to stock options – particularly in connection with startups. Accordingly, the purpose of this post is (i) to clarify certain issues with respect to the issuance of stock options; and (ii) to provide ten tips for entrepreneurs who are contemplating issuing stock options in connection with their venture. (more…)
Tags: exercise price, key employees, option pool, options, restricted stock, Rule 701, securities laws, stock option plan, stock options, vesting Posted in Entrepreneurship, Startup Issues | 2 Comments »
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