What is vesting?

The Basics A stock option gives you the right to buy a set number of shares at a fixed price. To encourage you to stay...

A founder's introduction to equity

Disclaimer: I am not a financial advisor, and none of the advice below should be taken as legal or financial advice. I have worked with...

Modernizing 409As

Software companies are modernizing 409A valuations. This shift is producing 409A valuations that are cheaper, more accurate, and more insightful than the old 409As. As...

How our mottos help women succeed

On Thursday, August 31st eShares partnered with Girl Geek Dinners to host a panel and Q&A with a few of the leading women...

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...

From cars to scooters, Scoot Networks' VP of Finance journey to the rental business

Sunaina Seelam is the VP of finance at Scoot Networks. After working in the automotive industry, shifting to the rental business model at Scoot was...

Inside Cap Tables: When the cap table gets unwieldy

Ross Lerner has worked on the finance team at a number of startups over the past three years. Early on, excel was the default for...

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...

Feature Update: Fractional Shares

eShares now supports fractional shares. Whether you're a C-Corp, LLC, or private equity fund, you can manage your fractional shares on eShares. Fractional shares are...

Product update: eShares Financings

Raising a round of financing is a coordination effort between company officers, lawyers, and investors. During a round, it’s important for founders to have...

eShares is now a qualified custodian

eShares Securities LLC is proud to announce that we are now a Qualified Custodian for Registered Investment Advisors (RIA) under SEC Rule 206(4)-2....

eShares acquires Silicon Valley Bank Analytics

On September 1st we acquired Silicon Valley Bank's valuation business and team (Silicon Valley Bank Analytics or SVBA). This impacts both the former SVBA employees...

The Shadow Organizational Chart

Like every company, we have a hierarchical org chart with me at the top. It looks something like this: I have long felt there is...

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...