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Equity Allocation in New Ventures: OPIM 651 (Ulrich) - Fall 2011 Q2 We won't go over this explicitly in class. However, many of you ask questions outside of class related to the challenge of allocating equity to founders. I bet this note answers most of these questions. This note may also be helpful in thinking about the valuation exercise. What Works in Silicon Valley Doesn’t Work Everywhere – And What You Can Do About It The Lean Startup Conference hosted an amazing webinar today called Beyond Silicon Valley: Applying Lean Startup Around the Globe. Justin Wilcox, Takashi Tsutsumi (aka “The Steve Blank of Japan”), and I shared our experiences helping entrepreneurs worldwide apply Lean Startup principles. Video streaming by Ustream I’d like to share with you the key points I took from the discussion. My International Experience I’m an American entrepreneur & investor living in Beijing, China.
How to Create a Million-Dollar Business This Weekend (Examples: AppSumo, Mint, Chihuahuas) Noah Kagan built two multi-million dollar online businesses before turning 28. He also looks great in orange. (Photo: Laughing Squid) Figuring out early stage startups In my first company, I tried to act extroverted, because I thought that’s what good leaders did. It was exhausting and counter-productive. I’ve found a more comfortable way of working and wanted to share a few thoughts and resources that have been helpful to me. The back-thumping, rapport-building, steak-and-strippers salesman is just one of several styles, and it’s not even the most effective.
Juillet 2015, How startup incubators in Africa contribute to entrepreneur success You thought Africa’s startup incubators don’t work? In fact they have a big positive impact on Africa’s innovation ecosystem, writes Michael Oluwagbemi, Co-Founder of Wennovation Hub Nigeria and Board Member at innovation hub network AfriLabs. Incubators are very relevant in Africa – and are working. Given a combined engineering and business background, the natural allure of being a founder existed for us at the Wennovation Hub, but we instead took the path of being facilitators – “a factory of start-ups” as we liked to say when the dream was launched on that dreadful spring day of February 2011. We did so because we saw an ecosystem problem: the lack of innovation institutions across Africa. Africans were consumers of innovation, just like they were early consumers of manufactured goods and services even while providing the raw materials cheaply!
Notes Essays—Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup—Stanford, Spring 2012 Blake Masters Your mind is software. Program it. Bootstrapped, Profitable and Proud Our Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud series profiles companies that have over one million dollars in revenues, didn’t take VC, and are profitable. Rapid LED provides high-quality LEDs and related products at a great price with fast shipping. Huckberry is a web magazine that introduces you to unique products with great stories at members-only prices. Sparkfun is an online retail store that sells the bits and pieces to make your electronics projects possible. Z. Vex Effects makes custom guitar effects pedals that deliver oddball sounds, textures, interfaces, and custom paint jobs. How to Fund a Startup November 2005 Venture funding works like gears. A typical startup goes through several rounds of funding, and at each round you want to take just enough money to reach the speed where you can shift into the next gear.
How Funding Works - Splitting The Equity With Investors - Infographic A hypothetical startup will get about $15,000 from family and friends, about $200,000 from an angel investor three months later, and about $2 Million from a VC another six months later. If all goes well. See how funding works in this infographic: The Equity Equation July 2007 An investor wants to give you money for a certain percentage of your startup. Should you take it? You're about to hire your first employee. How much stock should you give him? These are some of the hardest questions founders face.
How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees Since returning from MIT back in June I’ve been focusing on the growth of the company. It has been pretty much on mind non-stop for months now. The part that I’d like to zero in on is when you’ve got a high growth company what are some of the best practices out there to distribute equity to the founders, advisors, and employees? Swapping start-up equity for professional services What happens when you gives shares to another business? Back in the halcyon days of the dotcom boom, a nice little trend evolved that cut through the airy, overinflated fads of the day. Start-ups reluctant or unable to sell great slabs of their equity to drooling VCs instead gave shares to businesses who could actually help them grow, in return for that company's services.
Wiki Equity agreements are used to legally detail how equity will be divided amongst founders, key employees, advisors and investors in a startup company. The details of equity agreements will specifically determine who gets what payoff should the company be acquired or go public. Additionally, since equity often takes a role in determining voting rights and other key decision making, these aspects and how they relate to the equity division are described in equity agreements.