Articles under “employee compensation”

How to Trade Salary for Equity

These days it’s more important than ever to maximize the financial value you extract from your job. In You Need Equity To Live In Silicon Valley we made the case that it’s very hard for a Silicon Valley based couple who earns $250,000 per year to afford to buy a home and put their kids

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The Impact of Dilution

Most people don’t realize that the percentage of the company they are initially awarded when they start a new job is not  what they will ultimately own. That’s because private companies tend to raise additional capital as they mature and the ownership associated with the additional capital dilutes your ownership.

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What You Need To Know About Vesting Stock

Most people don’t realize it, but your vesting schedule has an enormous impact on the potential value of your equity package. That’s why the topic of vesting deserves a deeper dive than our discussion in The 14 Crucial Questions About Stock Options.

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The Reason Offer Letters Don’t Include a Strike Price

A common frustration we often hear with offer letters from startups is the absence of an exercise price for the options being granted. Many people interpret this missing information as an intention by the potential employer to obfuscate.

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