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The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

The 3 Essential Things Needed in a Founders' Agreement

While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.
How Much of Your Company Should You Give to New Co-Founders?

How Much of Your Company Should You Give to New Co-Founders?

It helps to bring in others to fill any gaps in your skill or experience. Here are five variables that will help you determine how much a new partner is worth.
Want a Bank Loan? You Better Have Some Skin in the Game.

Want a Bank Loan? You Better Have Some Skin in the Game.

A strong equity position supports the notion that the owner is likely to protect the investment and repay borrowed funds.
How to Split Equity Without Giving Away the Company

How to Split Equity Without Giving Away the Company

Clear expectations and earning equity for results make sharing ownership in the company a brilliant deal for everyone.
10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Join a Startup

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Join a Startup

Beyond the glitz and hype, a new businesses may present a certain gritty reality. Steer clear if you're not prepared.
How to Engage Your Vendors

How to Engage Your Vendors

How you pay your vendors can impact the service you receive.
Y Combinator Boosts Startup Payout, Keeps Equity the Same

Y Combinator Boosts Startup Payout, Keeps Equity the Same

Why? Bay Area rents are too damn high.
When Trading Equity for Cash, Balance Is Everything

When Trading Equity for Cash, Balance Is Everything

Sell too little, and you lack the resources to grow. Sell too much, and you lose control.
Aaron Levie, the Quintessential Silicon Valley CEO, Will Only Own 4.1 Percent of Box When It IPOs

Aaron Levie, the Quintessential Silicon Valley CEO, Will Only Own 4.1 Percent of Box When It IPOs

Online file-storage service Box has finally filed to go public. Here's what we know.
Accelerator-Ready? 3 Pointers for Potential Candidates

Accelerator-Ready? 3 Pointers for Potential Candidates

Entrepreneurs considering a startup program should do some legwork.
Making Sense Out of Cents: Determining Employee Compensation

Making Sense Out of Cents: Determining Employee Compensation

For companies that have received outside funding and are looking to scale, determining employee compensation can be a challenge. Here we offer a few pointers on how to get it done right.
Vesting: A Founder's Need to Earn Equity

Vesting: A Founder's Need to Earn Equity

An insider's take on what you need to know about vesting provisions in venture capital deals.
Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity

Figuring Out How to Divvy Up Startup Equity

When launching a startup, often founders need to offer up equity to employees in lieu of big salaries. Our legal expert Peter Buckland offers up advice on how to approach equity option pools.
The Pros and Cons of Working for Equity

The Pros and Cons of Working for Equity

From scope creep to the opportunity to cash in, a look at the good and bad of working in exchange for equity.
How to Find the Perfect Co-Founder

How to Find the Perfect Co-Founder

Our ASK expert VC John Frankel offers up advice about finding a co-founder and managing the relationship.
The Art and Science of Company Valuations (Infographic)

The Art and Science of Company Valuations (Infographic)

See a visual explanation of how young companies are valued, in some cases before they're even making money.
Why One Young Entrepreneur Turned Down Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

Why One Young Entrepreneur Turned Down Mark Cuban on Shark Tank

A recent grad reveals why he walked away from $200,000 for his coat-check technology.
One Entrepreneur's Rocky Road to Success After 'Shark Tank'

One Entrepreneur's Rocky Road to Success After 'Shark Tank'

One of Shark Tank's first entrepreneurs, Tiffany Krumins, talks about dealing with cancer, giving up half of her equity, and the challenges of getting her product made in the U.S.
Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Angels, Equity and a Shark of One's Own

Many small-business owners who hope to land angel funding have expectations that are wildly unrealistic. Here's a reality check.
The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

The JOBS Act Doesn't Mean You Should Run Out and Raise Equity

Selling equity in a business only makes sense for a business if there's a potential to generate substantial income on the investors' money.
Should You Raise Money from Small Investors?

Should You Raise Money from Small Investors?

Should you raise money for your company a little bit at a time?

The Right Fit

Looking for capital? A boutique private equity group could be the perfect funding partner for your small business.

Equity Vs. Sub-Debt Financing

Do you need capital to expand your business? These tips will help you determine which of these two types of financing is right for you.

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