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Founder Equity

Exploring important topics on founder equity in startups, such as: How to divide up equity with your co-founders? What is an 83(b) election and why founders should file one? How founders and startup employee shareholders can avoid being subject to alternative minimum tax (AMT)? Why do founders typically have a vesting schedule attached to their startup equity grants?

How Your Incorporation Decision Can Save Or Cost You Millions In Taxes

When it comes to the question of C Corp vs LLC, remember QSBS.

Jason D. Rowleyby Jason D. Rowley • 12 min read

Vesting Schedules: Best Practices for Startup Founders

Vesting schedules play an important part in keeping a startup together. They’re a designed as a motivator not only for employees, but also for founders. If you have them, it sends a signal to investors, that you’re in it for the long haul.

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read

The Ultimate Guide to Cap Tables for Startup Founders

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
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How To Properly Deal With a Co-Founder Leaving Your Startup

Co-founder exits can be a messy ordeal for startups, but they don't have to be fatal. Learn how to avoid messy co-founder exits and protect your startup.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 4 min read

How to Register A Company in the US: Everything You Need to Know as an Overseas Founder

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

C Corporation or LLC: Which is the best entity for your startup?

Startup investors strongly prefer to invest in C Corporations over LLCs for tax and diligence reasons. The proceeds from selling stock in startups registered as C Corporations can be tax exempt due to Qualified Small Business Stock exemption.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 5 min read

What is Single Trigger and Double Trigger Acceleration?

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

How Vesting Schedules Work

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

How to Split Equity Among Co-Founders

Co-founder disputes are one of the number one causes for startups to fail. Learn how to fairly allocated startup among you and your co-founders to avoid founder disputes & make good equity decisions.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 8 min read

How to Get an Investor’s Attention: 6 Unwritten Rules for Cold Emails

Learn how to write effective emails to pitch investors. James Hottenson, formerly at Great Oaks VC, shares helpful best practices about reaching out to investors.

James Hottensenby James Hottensen • 7 min read

How to Find the Right Co-Founder for Your Startup

Statistics say that having two founders drastically increases your chances of success. Is that true, and if so, how do you find the right co-founder?

Greg Miaskiewiczby Greg Miaskiewicz • 7 min read

How Many Shares Should a Startup Authorize

When you are incorporating your startup, you need to decide how many shares to authorize. Most startups authorize 10 million common shares when first setting up their corporation.

Stefan Nageyby Stefan Nagey • 7 min read

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