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As an employee, when is it inappropriate to request to see your young/startup company's financial statements?

If you work for a young company, equity in the form of restricted stock or options is often a form of compensation and a way to keep you aligned with the company's goals. But as a new employee you ...
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What ways can an employee keep the upside of stock options after leaving?

Suppose that you work at some private company and that company offers some stock options to you as part of employment. For the sake of discussion, suppose they offer 100 000 options at $0.50 an ...
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When should I exercise my startup stock options? How would it be taxed?

Let's say I'm an employee at a startup where I own fully vested stock options. Scenario 1 I have not exercised my stock options and my startup was bought. Do I still get to exercise my options? The ...
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Creating a personal company [closed]

I'm developing several software which will be (I hope) really useful and will find it's customers, I'm doing it all by myself. For graphical works etc. I hire freelance designers online, but ...
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When offered options as part of a package from a 2 year old startup, how is the strike price derived?

When startups hire new senior people I understand that it is common practice to offer options, often over a period of 4 years. However, the actual value of these options will depend highly on the ...
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How can someone invest in areas that require you to be an accredited investor [without qualifying as an accredited investor]?

I have some money that I would like to invest. I have some money invested in the stock market and I have found some other places I'd like to invest as well, but it seems that many places require that ...
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Taxes: what do I do about getting a w2 from a startup that has gone belly up in the US?

Last year (2012) I worked for a startup through May before moving on. Between May and now (March 2013) I have moved twice. Neither time did I think to update the old employer so that they could send ...
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83(b) and long term capital gain

I have been in company A for ~10 months and I have been granted X amount of ISOs (Incentive Stock Options). Though, none of those ISOs have vested yet. Now company B just bought company A (deal is ...
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Is this formula accurate for weighing the difference between an S-Corp and LLC?

I have been doing much research before deciding on a S-Corp or LLC for an online start-up (2 people, software as a service). I've read lots of explanations of the two and their differences and I've ...
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Can I account for start-up costs that occur before incorporation?

I'm starting an LLC with a couple of partners. But before we incorporate we need to finalize a partnership agreement. I would like to initiate a few time-sensitive things such as a patent search ...
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What is a good asset allocation for a 24 year old planning to do a startup?

I am planning to quit my current job and do a tech startup. How should I invest my savings of ~$210K? Assume that a fixed amount X = $2000 gets withdrawn per month and the aim is to maximize the ...
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What is the best way for me to invest my money into my own startup?

I've started a company with a friend, and we're looking to find out how to transfer some of our money into the company. Several sources suggest that, since we're the only owners so far and there's no ...
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How to transfer personal earnings to a company

Say I work in the US and am using my personal earnings to bootstrap a small company. What is the proper way to transfer my personal wages into the company account? Do I just cut my company a check? ...
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What should I look at before investing in a start-up?

A friend from college (and middle school and elementary school, for that matter) has talked to me a little about his company, a start-up working on technology tangentially related to Internet ...