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Equity

Raising Capital

Grow Your Business Without Drowning in Debt

What should a startup sacrifice to get the funding to fuel its growth?
Borrowing Money

4 Reasons Why Borrowing Money Is Usually Better Than Giving Up Equity

Lots of people dread debt, but when you do the numbers, it's often the smarter move.
Technology

4 Reasons Not to Confuse Early-Stage Money for Success

The rigors of bootstrapping your startup shape company culture, compel innovation and keep control where you want it, in your hands.
Taxes

What Entrepreneurs Call 'Sweat Equity' the IRS Calls 'Taxable'

Working without a salary for equity might feel like pitching in at your neighbor's barn raising but the government doesn't see it that way.
Fundraising

Founders: When Fundraising, Ask for More Than You Think You'll Need

To preserve equity, fight for a higher valuation rather than paring back much-needed cash.
Ask the Expert

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.
Starting a Business

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.
Business Loans

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.
Equity

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.
60 Second Solutions

How to Engage Your Vendors

How you pay your vendors can impact the service you receive.
Equity

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.
Innovator Profiles

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.
Accelerators

Accelerator-Ready? 3 Pointers for Potential Candidates

Entrepreneurs considering a startup program should do some legwork.
Growth Strategies

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.