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A startup company or startup or start-up is an entrepreneurial venture or a new business in the form of a company, a partnership or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.

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Lease equipment to someone or sell it? [closed]

I am currently designing a data logging system for an interested party. The cost of the items assembly and purchase is about $100 (board, power supply, 2 sensors). I want to get lets say 15$/month ...
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Tax implications to sell my pre-IPO shares through Sharespost

Several years ago, I was granted some RSUs from a company and I'd like to sell those RUSs in Sharespost (sharespost.com). I want understand the tax situations here. Let's just say I paid those shares ...
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At formation, in exchange for stock, X contributes cash, Y contributes only “services provided” (sweat equity). What's a smart way to do it?

Setup: X has cash, Y has an idea, experience and contacts and wants to work on this idea full-time. X wants to create a corporation with Y and contribute $100,000 for 50% of its equity. Everything ...
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How to find clients for my start-up? [closed]

I will launch a start-up with a couple of friends. We will work as data science and data engineering consultancy. All of us have similar backgrounds in maths, physics, and electrical engineering. How ...
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Tipping point with Cofounder. Is it him or me?

I have been working on a fin tech startup part time for the past year and a half and I am feeling like I am getting screwed over. Currently I have 10% of the equity that will be vested over 4 years ...
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Can I use the address given to me by my Registered Agent for an EIN?

Can I use the address given to me by my Registered Agent for an EIN? I was applying for an EIN online and I arrived at the part about the company address. From what I've read here, the address ...
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What type of financial instruments can a company with no assets or money use to raise seed/starting capital

Long story short, I have a LOT of experience as a web administrator, and a lot of experience in retail. I want to raise the money to do acquisitions of small ecommerce operations that output enough ...
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Are there any other benefits to exercising EMI stock options straight away vs. as late as possible? (UK)

Once my options vest, according to the EMI scheme I have ten years to exercise them. I'm weighing up the pros and cons of exercising exactly at the point they vest versus leaving it to the last ...
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CAP table for single founder bootstrapped startup

I have bootstrapped my LLC for two years and am now seeking investment. In this case, I'm considering VC. Sequoia pitch deck templates recommends a CAP table. Since I don't have investors currently, ...
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Could my app take deposits from and execute stock trades for others but using my own brokerage account?

Don't know if this questions belongs here but I'd figure this place is the closest in relevance. Basically, I want to build an investing application that is open for the public to use. Many ...
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If I plan to get investments later, should I start a C Corp now? Or LLC then convert to C later?

Should I start an LLC then convert later once it is time for investments? Or just start as a C-Corp now? At the moment what I have are open source software tools, and ideas on how to monetize them ...
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What are the most common partner equity distribution for startups?

Background I'm doing some due diligence regarding a US registered (Delaware C-corp) tech startup in Europe, where the founders are located and living in the EU. Although the business idea is very ...
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Buy pre ipo'd start up company stock in small amount? [closed]

Is there any investment website/company through which I can buy small amounts of pre-PIOed company stock in a smaller amount? Most require $100K worth of investment. e.g. as an average investor can ...
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Is there a type of investment that doesn't eventually cost the business money for a return?

I have been doing research on types of investing and funding for a startup, but I'm still pretty clueless, so please disregard this question if it's ridiculous. I also apologize if this is the wrong ...
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Equity vs Stock options?

I am a co-founder of a startup in the UK, the other co-founder wants to give me options instead of % equity because he believes when I eventually exit I will pay less tax and the company will too and ...
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Start-up co-founder Equity vs Salary

What is the best option? I have been asked to work in a high position as co-founder of a startup for 5% equity and $40k salary - this requires over 40 hours of work(hard grind) etc as any position ...
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How does it work when somebody invests in my business?

Lately I've been curious about how exactly investing in a product works, and I've been thinking about this scenario: Let's say I'm creating some mobile application and I manage to get $1m of ...
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What if the vesting period of a startup has not ended when it is acquired? [duplicate]

Suppose employee of a startup company has a vesting agreement, saying she can execute options for 1/4 of total package each year. What if only one year have passed and startup was bought. Which ...
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How to pass on personal debt for R&D to a startup?

I just realized that I've lived frugally for the past year and most of what I make goes into paying off some hasty decisions in 6 digits worth of (now) high APR credit card debt. I've spent quite a ...
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Regulations regarding investing in a private business

There have been a couple of years where, after maxing out contributions to retirement accounts, I've had some disposable money left over that I'd like to invest in something other than publicly traded ...
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Prevented from Rolling Over 401k Due to Company Audit - Legal?

A few months back, the startup my wife works for was bought out by a big company. Everyone was thrilled, of course, and it was a great moment for the whole team. Soon after the logistics of the ...
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Selling options on acquisition

I've been trying to understand this hypothetical scenario wherein a company in which you own options is acquired. In it, the author posits you own .67% and 20,000 shares ($2 strike price, $4 share ...
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Need help negotiating a salary agreement with my boss [closed]

I'm a college student who is interning at a startup company. My job as an intern is to help redesign and launch an app, so that it runs on Android as well as iOS. When I signed up for the job I was ...
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How to compute worth of my equity?

I am a newly appointed consultant to a startup. I work in another organization which forbids me to receive any salary for being a consultant. However, I am allowed to have an equity. The startup ...
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Can a non-profit company make profit? [closed]

My cousin suggested a startup idea to me, I suggested that he could make it a non-profit since it fits all the requirements of an non-profit company and it would be much easier for him to get ...
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Greedy shareholder that does not want to dilute his portion [closed]

What needs to be done or could be done if a company wants to raise capital and one of the shareholders doesn't want to dilute his shares and brands all the others as "too greedy". The shareholders ...
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I want 100% of my currently failing startup. How should I approach this?

4 months ago I officially launched a company with my friend (big mistake I know - live and learn). We are 50/50 partners. He put in $3000 at the beginning because I spent well over a year out of work ...
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How to evaluate a job offer with stock purchase options of a series D company vs series B company?

A late stage series D startup is offering 40,000 shares at a strike price of around $1. I also have another offer from a series B startup offering similar number of stocks at 0.5$. Both these ...
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How did Theranos have any value at all?

Theranos, an infamous case of a tech startup gone bad, was valued at over 9 billion dollars for audacious claims of revolutionizing the blood-testing industry. The trouble is, it had done so with ...
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How to ask investment for one saas product of many? [closed]

I have a company that will have many saas products under it . For now if I ask investment, do I have to offer equity of company just for that one product? Is there a way I can offer equity of just ...
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J1 visa and holding equity in a non-US startup

I hold equity in a start-up based in Singapore as one of its technical advisers on its board. I am not a co-founder, investor or an employee of the company. I do not receive any salary. I am an Indian ...
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Is investing this time in a startup worth it? [closed]

I have an opportunity that involves building a mobile application that basically improves a food industry process. This application has a very good idea, but it is rather hard to implement, so the ...
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Tax implications of U.S. company granting non-qualified stock options (NSO) to a non-resident?

I am a non-resident individual outside USA who has been granted a NSO stock option in a US start-up. I have an early access option on 10000 shares that vest until 2021. I am trying to understand if ...
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Cost categories of a software organization [closed]

I am a lead software engineer that has been asked to become part of a small pre-seed-level software startup. One of the principals has asked me to come up with a 1-, 3- and 5-year estimate operating ...
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Why is there a significant disparity between 409A valuation and fair market value?

I'm at an interesting juncture where I have the opportunity to exercise some ISOs at a startup, and I'm somewhat confused at the disparity between the two valuations. In my case, I can exercise my ...
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How much is a founder allowed to dilute stock? [closed]

I am 9 days away from completing a contract for a new start up that still has yet to raise money. At the beginning I negotiated 1% of the company, and a month into the contract he incorporated the ...
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Canada startup employee equity taxes for stock taken in lieu of a salary?

I am an early employee at a startup, and I took a large equity stake in-lieu of salary. I expect that Canada Revenue Agency taxes this as income when the shares are sold. So in the year the company ...
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As a shareholder in a private company that was acquired, what's the transaction date for my capital gains?

I'm a common shareholder in a US private company acquired in Nov 2017 by a US public company. I'm planning to wait until Jan 2018 to exchange my shares for cash+stock in the acquirer. (The M&A ...
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Tax deduction for stuff I bought before LLC was formed?

I bought $10,000 worth of materials (with my personal credit card) for a new business. I formed a domestic LLC (USA) about 3 weeks later. Can I "sell" or "transfer" this startup cost to my LLC (which ...
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Ordering forms / areas of investment by risk

I have studied investing for a short while and would like to test my knowledge by asking a question about this ordering from lowest risk to highest risk of investment opportunities: Government backed ...
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Is having a 'startup fund' a good idea?

I am a very passionate about saving money and also starting a business. Is saving money and having a startup fund a good idea? Note: I am asking because startups are super risky and 99% of the times ...
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Precedent and models for 100% equity available via initial offering?

In consideration of the most ethical distribution of shares for a startup business (via a public, initial investment event ie- IPO, ICO, or 'crowd-equity-fundraiser') the following occurred to me. ...
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Is it legal to invest in foreign startups as a non-accredited investor?

If a US person doesn't qualify as an accredited investor. Can he/she still invest in foreign startups (early stage companies based outside the US)?
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Starting a large business with a not so large income? [closed]

It's something people here don't like talking about, but how would one accomplish the funding of a highly expensive business when they themselves don't possess a high income? It would seem that this ...
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Comparing stock purchase plans in offer letter

I have received two job offers both containing stock purchase options. Unfortunately, I have no clue what they mean and how to compare one with another. Company A: It will be recommended at the first ...
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Profiting from the PWC Money Tree

I'll start off by saying I have very little investment experience. So I'd like this to be more of a discussion than a typical question/answer post. Today I learned about the Pricewaterhouse Coopers ...
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Do I need an accountant when starting a business? [NYC]

My wife and I are going to pull the trigger in NYC in the next coming months. I'm attending a few SBA classes in my area and whatnot. I consider myself very good with money in general, and I ...
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100% Ownership and 30% profit to sale director

I am seeking understanding. I 100% own a new service-based tech company. My business is registered as an LLC. I am about to launch and I seek to make sales, yet I don't have the resources to pay staff ...
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What should I do with my stock options?

First, assume I know all the regular disclaimers about seeking professional tax planning/CPA help. I have, but want to balance that with many second opinions :) I have the following vested, ...
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How to offer financing to customers (Used Car Dealership)? [closed]

I'm starting a used car dealership and I would like to offer financing option as a form of payment to my customers (Lately many potentials buyers ask for such). I have few concerns that I need to ...