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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...

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Henry Ward

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...

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Henry Ward

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...

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Chad Willbur

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...

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Henry Ward

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...

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Henry Ward

Henry joins Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC

Our founder and CEO, Henry Ward, recently joined Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC. This is one of our favorite interviews with Henry, where...

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James Seely

IQ and EQ

Part 1 Once a month we have Company Day at eShares where I present monthly financials and discuss a topic that’s been on my...

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Henry Ward

Founders Wanted

At eShares we split the organization into four business units operating their own P/L. This post is about why we created our business units,...

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Henry Ward

A Manager’s FAQ

In addition to 1-on-1s with eShares managers, I host a monthly management discussion to share challenges, successes, failures, and lessons learned. I am often asked...

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Henry Ward

A Better Offer Letter

At eShares we spend a lot of time thinking about how to better educate employees on startup equity. Even new hires at eShares often don’...

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Henry Ward

How to Hire

Below is an excerpt from a talk I gave at the eShares Town Hall in November 2015. I hope it is helpful to other CEOs...

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Henry Ward

eShares 101

All eShares employees (new and old) take a full-day course called eShares 101. It is an introduction to our company, our values, and our execution...

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Henry Ward

eShares Series A

I’m sorry this blog is 6 months late. But I will share it anyway in the hopes it will help founders currently raising a...

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Henry Ward

Fixing 409A

This is a call-to-action for Venture Capital, Auditors, and the IRS to fix the burden on startups caused by IRS Code Section 409A. I start...

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Henry Ward

Broken cap tables

We see a lot of cap tables at eShares. For every new company we onboard we clean up the table and verify it against the...

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Henry Ward