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10 common cap table mistakes

Every cap table problem stems from two basic sources: lack of institutional control and excessive versions. Having to request your cap table from a law...

What to look for in a 409A provider

Searching for a 409A provider can be a daunting task. As a new (or late) founder, knowing what to look for without the right guidance...

5 companies disrupting the PTE status quo

Post termination exercise window (PTE), the amount of time an employee has to buy their options after leaving a company, is a critical part of...

Getting Funded: How Long Does It Actually Take?

One of the most important functions of a CEO is not running out of money. A CEO has to manage her available cash on hand...

The Firefighters’ Guide to Success

If you’ve read eShares 101, you know we move quickly. This is especially true for people in our support and account management roles. I...

The art and science behind an eShares 409A

A common saying in the valuation industry is that 409A is both an art and a science. At eShares we combine art with science to...

Financing a non-profit in the startup world.

Latoya Botteron is the CFO of the nonprofit, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). The organization brings together chief executives on Indiana's most prominent corporations, foundations...

Negotiating Vendor Terms as a Startup CFO

Ken Stumder is the VP of finance of Bombfell. Bombfell is a subscription clothing service for men. Personal stylists select and mail clothes to their...

eShares Custody Services

eShares was founded with the belief that investors shouldn’t have to spend time managing paper stock certificates. But, until all private companies are managing...

eShares mobile sign up for employees

Today we are announcing that users new to eShares can now create an account straight from the mobile app. Employees are seamlessly introduced to the...

Introducing: eShares for Founders

Today we launched eShares for Founders, a streamlined version of eShares for brand new startups priced at $100 annually. eShares for Founders includes our core...

The Problem with 409A valuations

In my 20 years in the valuation industry, the main conclusion I have drawn is the way we value private companies under IRC section 409A...

Investors vs Employees

When I arrived in Silicon Valley in 2010, I was told standard employee option pools were 15% of the post-money fully diluted. A couple of...

PTE = Vesting

Most companies use the default Post-termination Exercise (PTE) periods from their law firm’s equity documents. PTE periods are 90 days or less because option...