Greg Miaskiewicz
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Greg Miaskiewicz

Security expert, product designer & serial entrepreneur. Sold previous startup to Integral Ad Science in 2016, where he led a fraud R&D team leading up to a $850M+ purchase by Vista in 2018.
Most founders have little clue about how cap tables work when they start their first startup. Keeping accurate records of your cap table is essential for startup founders if they plan on raising capital from VCs or selling the company.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 8 min read
409A valuations are independent appraisals of a startup's common stock. Startups should use an independent, outside valuation firm to get a 409A valuation before offering stock options to employees to avoid fines and legal issues with the IRS.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 9 min read
Avoid these common legal mistakes made by startups and save your company from dealing with fines and lawsuits. As a startup founder, keeping your company compliant is essential to protecting the value of your startup equity and reaping the rewards of your hard work.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
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Learn about the different US visas for startup founders. Immigration visas such as the E-1, E-2, EB-5, L-1 and O-1 allow founders to live and work in the US while building their startups.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 3 min read
Startup founders inevitably cover some of the costs of getting started out of pocket. Learn how you can stay above board if you reimburse yourself for corporate expenses and invest money into your own company.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 4 min read
Issuing equity to employees in an LLC can be complex and require tax advice. Many startups prefer to incorporate as C Corporations because the process for issuing equity to employees is much simpler.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read
Registering in the US opens the door to venture funding for overseas startups. Learn about the process for registering your company in the US as a foreign citizen, including incorporation, taxes, visas and more.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 9 min read
Is your company doing business in New York? Get an easy-to-follow explanation about what forms you’ll need, information about registration fees, filing deadlines, naming requirements, and more.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Key steps you have to complete before your startup starts issuing shares or stock options to employees. Learn about fair market value, 409a valuations, restricted shares and other key concepts in equity compensation.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Learn why most startups choose to incorporate in Delaware as Delaware corporations. Investors and founders prefer to incorporate in Delaware for many reasons. Learn about how to do a Delaware name search to check with the Delaware secretary of state to see if your company's name is already registered in Delaware.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 6 min read
Learn more about how advisors can help your startup. We cover typical advisory agreements, common share grants and how to get the most out of your relationship with your advisors.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Trigger accelerations are often a hotly debated topic (especially in companies acquired by VCs) as any outstanding equity will impact the value of shares of the purchase price.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Startup Foundations Podcast by Capbase. The Startup Foundations is a podcast where we talk to founders and entrepreneurs who have launched startups
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 2 min read
Startups that allow the early exercise of stock options help minimize their employees’ tax liabilities and increase the return on common stockholder equity.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Learn why you should setup a bank account for your business and what you should think about when choosing the right banking partner for your startup.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read
Running a remote team? Hiring full-time employees in multiple US states? Chances are your startup will need to register your Delaware corporation to do business as a foreign corporation.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read
What is the right capital source for your startup? Learn about the different types of startup capital, such as venture capital, venture debt and non-dilutive funding.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read
Learn how to choose a great name for your new startup. Good names are easy to spell, easy to remember and avoid confusion with existing brands in your industry.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
Should you grant your startup employees their stock options as ISO or NSO? Why do most early stage companies grant their employees equity options in the form of ISO instead of NSO? The answer: ISO have special tax advantages.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 6 min read
Learn how vesting schedules work for founders and employees at startups. Many startup founders have a 4 year vesting schedule with a 1 year cliff.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 6 min read
Learn how startup stock option pools work and how to use equity compensation to recruit key employees to join your team.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
How YCombinator SAFEs work for startup fundraising. An in-depth look at key terms, like valuation cap, discount, and most-favored nation (MFN) status.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read
An in-depth look at convertible notes and how these financing instruments are used by early stage startups.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 5 min read
We are offering Capbase for free to all African American and Latinx founders. Our mission as a company is to democratize entrepreneurship and this is something we believe strongly in.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 3 min read
Picking the right insurance for your startup is crucial to protecting your company from risks and liabilities. Learn about the different types of business insurance, including worker's comp, director & officers insurance, cybersecurity and more.
Greg MiaskiewiczBy Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read

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