Dave Naffzinger – VP at Judy’s Book and previously a co-founder of Quova has started a series of posts on stock options. His first one is titled Startup Stock Options: ISOs vs. NSOs. Excellent stuff if you are an entrepreneur.
Q: On average, what percentage of a company does the “typical” entrepreneur own by the time of a “successful” exit? Obviously, huge YMMW, but what’s a reasonable expectation, say, assuming two founders, middle-of-the-road terms from investors, two or three rounds of funding, and an acquisition? Or is the range so broad as to be meaningless? […]
Q: In modeling out an early-stage deal, do you think it would be reasonable to start with a 20% option pool (Round A) and then plan to refresh that on subsequent rounds (ie, make an assumption about having key hires in place by round C or B)? Or should we just allow that option pool […]
Question: Most VCs commented that they can not fund current cap table where the CEO and COO would get 10% equity once fully vested while the current investors have 80%. We talked to our investors and they have agreed to rework the cap table, however, I would like to understand from you what should I […]
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