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Is refusing offered stock options an option?

The company I'm working for (for some time already) offered me and other colleagues employee stock options. They're presenting it as such a great "gift" to us and almost that we should be grateful for ...
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How do I approach founders about salary inequality in a startup?

To add a little context, I joined a startup as a fullstack developer in late 2017, making me the fourth member of a team of two founders working sales, and me and a colleague doing the actual ...
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Signed options letter was for wrong % of ownership

I own 10% of the company I helped co-found. After a round of funding last year, I was given and signed an options letter to adjust my number of options to maintain my 10% equity. However, unbeknownst ...
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How much equity do I deserve as the sole developer?

I apologize for the length of the post. The last two paragraphs are a more brief summary. I began working with this company a year ago with the assignment of handling general office tasks. Very ...
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Joining a startup company at seed funding stage [closed]

A startup company wants me on board as a core software engineer, at a very early stage (Seed funding stage) – there are currently 8 people in the company (Three co-founders included). They offer me ...
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What would be a fair split of ownership for a new service I and another company created [closed]

I am currently working at an online marketing company as a software developer. A few months ago I started my own software company (sole proprietorship, eenmanszaak in Dutch). I am still studying and ...
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If a company is in debt, do employees with equity have any financial obligation?

If I choose to work for salary + equity, and the company loses and/or is in debt, am I obligated to pay a part of the company debts? Is it common in the startup world?
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How to politely ask to trade stock option in job offer for something else?

I've read some related questions but: This is just a good explanation (doesn't answer my question). What's an employee stock option scheme? This question is from a startup perspective (not ...
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How to politely refuse a startup's equity? [closed]

Hypothetical situation: I received an attractive job offer from a startup, which includes a salary of x and equity that the startup values (let's say fairly) at y. y is a non-trivial sum; x+y is a ...
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My business partner does not want to participate on the business activities, how should I proceed?

I have started a business together with another partner as an equal in terms of earning and effort. There's no written contract, just a gentlemen's agreement. We are an IT software company, so we don'...
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Former employee who thinks they were wronged is threatening me [closed]

I hired this lady to help me start with a project in Indonesia 2 years ago. I paid her what she asked and mentioned some profit/revenue sharing schema as a bonus if things work out. She was first ...
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Can I ask to be paid in equity?

Say I have a job offer from a company. They say they'll pay me X dollars a month. Can I negotiate to be paid fewer dollars but instead some equity? Is it appropriate to even ask? Does the answer to ...
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How to ask my boss for shares in company?

My friends and I have been working in a startup for over 1 year. They have spent more time in this company and have already completed 2 years of work. During this time, we participate in a project ...
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Ended up with (almost) worthless equity, what to do?

I signed with a company which at that time was private, and I got stock options as part of my comp, which vest over the next four years. In the time between my signing and my starting date, the ...
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Pay raises while having stock options [duplicate]

Say you're an early employee at a startup, and have been granted stock options (representing under 1% of equity). How should you approach the topic of pay raises? Should you just ask for a small bump,...
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Equity vs stock options (startup) [closed]

Is there any significant disadvantage receiving stock options vs. shares in a new startup? What could be the excuses for not giving shares but stock options and would it be reasonable to insist on ...
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As longest employee the stock grants offered does not reflect tenure as my boss had promised

I have worked for my employer for 7 years and have stuck with the company transitions and tough times when everyone else has left. My boss has said to me many times I would be receiving stock grants ...
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How to evaluate a C-level job offer at a young startup [closed]

Have just been given an offer at a young startup (~3 yrs, 1 other employee [the CEO] and 2 contractors) for a CTO position. Offer is all-equity with a roadmap in place for salary after revenue goals ...
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When a company is sold— do royalty holders get anything? [closed]

I am one of 3 founders of a very small startup company. We want to make rule that says, even if a founding partner leaves, they can still receive a 3% royalty from the company in perpetuity. Here's ...
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How big of a share in a startup should I ask for/expect?

I've been asked if I'm interested in working as the lead developer at a startup e-commerce site. I am very interested and very confident in mine and the startup's ability to succeed. But I have no ...
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Asking For Equity 2 Years Later

I started working at a startup almost 2 years ago. I was brought on part-time. During negotiations I opted for a higher hourly rate as I needed the money and the management structure was questionable (...
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Collaborator witholding code before deadline

A long friendship has ended, and I am looking for an objective, collective third party opinion on this matter. Summary: five days before a critical deadline, a collaborator has, with no warning, ...
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Options vs Equity vs Percentage

I received today an job offer via email for a role with a package including "Equity/options/%" as below: I am very pleased to present the offer from company xxx! $xxx + Super 12-month retention ...
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Can I short a company stock when I intend to accept a job offer? [closed]

Let's say I have a job offer from a public company where a significant part of my compensation is in stock. I like the company and the position but I'm concerned that their stock is overvalued. Now, I'...
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How much equity compensation can I expect from a preseed startup? [closed]

I am a software engineer with more than 6 years of experience and currently finishing my degree at UC Berkeley. I joined the team as a full stack and data science engineer. There are four other guys ...
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Job title not matching the job activity

I have recently landed my first professional job as an contract equity research analyst at a small firm through a friend. Generally speaking, such role requires one to have completed at least a ...
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Offered Equity in Company, Amount Open to Negotiation [closed]

I work for a small 6 person IT/WebDev company with 2 owners (with a 30/70 split). The company started about 10 years ago with just one member. The WebDev side has dwindled down to just me as of 6 ...
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Would buying company shares increase my career possibilities within that company?

A company sent employees a letter offering to buy company shares. It is not clear if the amounts offered would allow voting rights with the company. I am not interested in buying shares from the ...
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My offer letter entitled me to 2.5% interest in the company after 2 years. Its been 2 years and nothing [closed]

My offer letter states I am entitled to the 2.5% interest in the company after completing 2 years. I've done that and so far just getting the brush off. What can I do? or should do?
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What is the value in joining a start-up without any equity included in the contract? [closed]

I keep reading about joining a small start-up, keeping it up until it grows and then reaping the rewards. However, the way I see it is that investors and shareholders will be reaping the rewards, ...
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How to estimate the value of a startup equity when negotiating a contract

The startup offer, as listed on the website, suggests a fork of values for both salary and equity. Let's say, for the sake of clarity, the values are 90k-130k$ and 0.25-2% equity. I need to ...
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Job offer at hedge fund requires investment [closed]

My relative has been offered a position and I want to get more info to see if it’s legit. A school advisor connected him with former employees of large international bank, who started their own ...
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Does 'Provides equity' mean they are going to pay you? [closed]

I recently applied for a job that in the Posting said 60,000 - 90,000 (Provides equity). I have Gotten past the first two interviews and am heading for my third this Friday. During the interview ...
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Ethical dilemma: I work at a consultancy. How to handle a client's request to moonlight directly for them, for equity? Weirder context inside

I'm suddenly facing a bit of an ethical dilemma. To give background: The company I currently work for, let's call it AppCorp, currently has a client, let's call him Bill, who has built and launched a ...
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What is a fair ask for the first employee who built the majority of the product if you want to rehire him? [closed]

I need some advice because I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable here. TLDR: Joined friends startup (about 5-6 months in) on 6 month contract for salary and no equity. Built entire project from ...
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Trading fixed pay for shares on a project which is about halfway complete [closed]

A few years ago I worked for a software company which paid me an average salary. While there I had an idea for an internal project which greatly reduced costs, and emphasized my employers such project ...
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Being asked to abandon personal projects for a position in a startup

I've been in talks with a startup founder who has decided to hire me. I've been studying web development for the last couple years and put up an ad for a part-time job, not expecting much. I cited a ...
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Startup stock options [closed]

I am having some issues with the cliff period of my stock. My initial agreement was that I would get shares after 1 year (with 1 year already vested) Now the company wants to put a clause in the new ...
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Is it normal to always expect equity when working at a startup? [closed]

I've seen an organization that claimed to be a 'startup' and they expected their employees to work 60+ hour weeks. The salaries are pretty weak and no one has been offered equity yet. There have only ...