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<rss xmlns:atom="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" version="2.0" xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/"><channel><title>Meditations - EquityZen's Blog On Startups and Their Economics</title><link>https://equityzen.com/blog/</link><description>Meditations - EquityZen's Blog On Startups and Their Economics</description><atom:link href="https://equityzen.com/blog/rss/feed/" rel="self"></atom:link><language>en-us</language><category>Equity Compensation</category><category>Private Company Shares</category><category>Employee Compensation</category><category>Startups</category><category>Investing</category><category>DreamIt Ventures</category><category>General Assembly</category><copyright>Copyright (c) 2018 EquityZen Inc. All rights reserved.</copyright><lastBuildDate>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:43:09 -0500</lastBuildDate><item><title>2019 IPO Outlook — A Bellwether Year for the New Tech Elite?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2019-ipo-outlook/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;As the bull market charged into its ninth year in 2018, with the FAANG tech giants (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet&amp;rsquo;s Google) leading U.S. equities markets to record highs, many of us thought we would have seen stronger IPO activity. However, with under two months left of 2018 and despite favorable market conditions, this year&amp;rsquo;s U.S. IPO count is still nearly 100 IPOs lower than 2014&amp;rsquo;s total of&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.renaissancecapital.com/IPO-Center/Stats/Pricings"&gt;275&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;priced IPOs. At EquityZen, we continue to believe that IPO volume will remain subdued compared to prior bull markets given the secular trends we see in the U.S. capital markets.&amp;nbsp;Our team at EquityZen took a closer look at the companies we believe are primed to go public in 2019. To read our full 2019 IPO Outlook, please click&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/ipo-outlook-2019/?utm_source=press&amp;amp;utm_medium=press-release&amp;amp;utm_campaign=zito-pr&amp;amp;utm_term=ipo-outlook-2019&amp;amp;utm_content=AAB"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>adam.augusiak-boro@equityzen.com (Adam Augusiak-Boro)</author><pubDate>Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:40:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2019-ipo-outlook/</guid><category>IPOs</category><category>2019 IPO</category><category>Airbnb</category><category>Lyft</category><category>New IPOs</category><category>Slack</category><category>Uber</category><category>Tech IPO</category><category>Postmates</category><category>Unicorns</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/ez_ipo_outlook_2019-db0c49b4ccc120f6.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen Startup Valuation Guide</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ez-valuation-guide/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Our new&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/insights/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;EquityZen Startup Valuation Guide&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;aims to tackle the key challenges in conducting valuation, with a special focus on startup companies. Our approach provides a straightforward, practical guide for analyzing companies across various stages of business maturity and industries.&amp;nbsp; In doing so, we hope to provide EquityZen clients with greater insight and clarity into both their investments and the value offered through our pre-IPO platform.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:43:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ez-valuation-guide/</guid><category>Valuation Guide</category><category>Company Valuations</category><category>Private Company Valuation</category><category>EquityZen Valuation Guide</category><category>How to Value a Company</category><category>Pre-IPO Valuations</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_value_guide-e712f76944d72da7.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SoftBank-Backed Guardant Health IPO: A Litmus Test for Cancer Gene Sequencing?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-backed-guardant-health-ipo/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Guardant Health, which filed an&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1576280/000162828018011647/guardanthealths-1.htm" target="_blank"&gt;S-1&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;on September 5, 2018 in anticipation of going public, is a precision oncology company that aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through its proprietary gene sequencing technology. Founded in 2012 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Guardant has received over&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/11/guardant-raised-360-million-led-by-softbank-for-cancer-detection.html" target="_blank"&gt;$500 million&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;in private funding, most recently closing a&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/11/guardant-raised-360-million-led-by-softbank-for-cancer-detection.html" target="_blank"&gt;$360 million&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;round in May 2017 led by SoftBank&amp;rsquo;s Vision Fund. The company plans to list on the&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.nasdaq.com/article/blood-based-cancer-diagnostics-company-guardant-health-files-for-a-100-million-ipo-cm1018511" target="_blank"&gt;NASDAQ&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;under the ticker &amp;ldquo;GH.&amp;rdquo; Timing, pricing and size of the offering are still TBA.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>adam.augusiak-boro@equityzen.com (Adam Augusiak-Boro)</author><pubDate>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:52:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-backed-guardant-health-ipo/</guid><category>Guardant Health</category><category>Guardant S-1</category><category>SoftBank</category><category>HealthTech</category><category>2018 IPOs</category><category>S-1 Review</category><category>Cancer Research</category><category>Adaptive Biotechnologies</category><category>Guardant IPO</category><category>SoftBank Vision Fund</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/Genome_EZ-4a2c70d7a046a2a0.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SoftBank: Vision or Delusion?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-vision-or-delusion/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;On October 14, 2016, SoftBank shocked the world with the announcement of its&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/news/press/sb/2016/20161014_01/"&gt;$100 billion&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;Vision Fund, which would focus on investing in late-stage technology companies. Within 7 months of the announcement, SoftBank had already cemented&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://techcrunch.com/2017/05/20/softbank-vision-fund-first-close/"&gt;$93 billion&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;in commitments and has since closed on the entire $100 billion amount.&amp;nbsp; Now, as SoftBank begins to deploy capital from the fund, we believe it faces a colossal undertaking in delivering competitive returns to its investors, which include tech titans like Apple and Qualcomm, as well as the Saudi and Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth funds.&amp;nbsp;Our team spent some time digging into the economic reality facing SoftBank in its quest to deliver competitive returns to its investors. Our goal was to approach the question from a data-driven perspective, looking at real dollar values that the Vision Fund would have to hit to meet its hurdle rate of return. Below, we&amp;rsquo;ve included some key highlights from our research team&amp;rsquo;s&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/softbank-report-download/?utm_campaign=EZpressrelease&amp;amp;utm_medium=article&amp;amp;utm_source=prnewswire"&gt;full report&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;on the Vision Fund.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>adam.augusiak-boro@equityzen.com (Adam Augusiak-Boro)</author><pubDate>Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:02:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-vision-or-delusion/</guid><category>SoftBank</category><category>Vision Fund</category><category>WeWork</category><category>Uber</category><category>megafund</category><category>venture capital funds</category><category>$100 billion dollar fund</category><category>venture capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_money_dog.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Private Market Insights: What's the Typical Profile of a Private Market Investor?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/investor-profile-2018/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;At EquityZen, our mission is simple: help private shareholders get liquidity and provide a platform for suitable investors to access pre-IPO investment opportunities. This endeavor started in 2013, and we have stayed true to that cause every day since, ever-iterating on our platform and our offerings to bring our users the best experience possible on all ends of the marketplace. As we have grown, both on the platform (we recently crossed 5,000+ transactions!) and in headcount (we recently just moved to a bigger office to better suit our rapidly growing team!), it is not lost on us that we have collected rather unique data: pricing and valuation information for private companies, and patterns among their shareholders and investors alike. We use this data internally to draw powerful insights, gleaning understandings that allow us to continue to bring you the best product we can. On April 1st, 2018, EquityZen opened up a new channel of data collection, this time from you: the user. We rolled out a new survey entitled the &amp;ldquo;Investor Profile Questionnaire,&amp;rdquo; a quick, little set of five questions targeted to investors to give us their thoughts on the pre-IPO space.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>asa.lieberman@equityzen.com (Asa Lieberman)</author><pubDate>Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:01:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/investor-profile-2018/</guid><category>investor survey</category><category>pre-IPO investing</category><category>real estate</category><category>angel investing</category><category>private investments</category><category>cryptocurrencies</category><category>equityzen</category><category>product</category><category>investor questionnaire</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_questionnaire_photo.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Can Sonos Fend Off the Competition?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sonos-ipo-filling/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Sonos filed an S-1 on July 6, 2018, signaling the end of its 16-year run as a private company. After launching its first wireless multi-room home sound system in 2005, the company&amp;rsquo;s products have entered into nearly 7 million households globally. The company plans to list on the NASDAQ under the ticker &amp;ldquo;SONO&amp;rdquo;. Timing, pricing,&amp;nbsp;and size of the offering are still TBA.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>adam.augusiak-boro@equityzen.com (Adam Augusiak-Boro)</author><pubDate>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:25:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sonos-ipo-filling/</guid><category>Sonos</category><category>IPO</category><category>sonos ipo</category><category>sonos s-1</category><category>sonos filing</category><category>sonos share price</category><category>sonos valuation</category><category>sonos exit</category><category>sonos speakers public</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/Sonos_EZ.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Running with the Bulls: Private Market Sentiment Update</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/private-market-sentiment/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;In a constantly-evolving tech landscape that can&amp;nbsp;move at an exhaustingly tireless pace, the year 2018 has already brought us&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-15/robinhood-is-said-to-raise-funds-valuing-startup-at-5-6-billion" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;ever-growing funding rounds&lt;/a&gt;, new financial regulatory rulings delineating&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/bitcoin-and-ethereum-are-not-securities-but-some-cryptocurrencies-may-be-sec-official-says.html" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;what is and what is not a security&lt;/a&gt;, and bubbles inflating around&amp;nbsp;&lt;em&gt;*checks notes*&lt;/em&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/09/silicon-valley-scooter-wars/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;scooters&lt;/a&gt;. We've also digested headlines of trade wars and geopolitical turmoil with varying effects on the public market. But how does all of this factor into the psyche of the private market investor?&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>asa.lieberman@equityzen.com (Asa Lieberman)</author><pubDate>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:07:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/private-market-sentiment/</guid><category>private market sentiment</category><category>ipos</category><category>cryptos</category><category>bitcoin</category><category>spotify ipo</category><category>docusign ipo</category><category>robinhood</category><category>softbank</category><category>pre-ipo investments</category><category>tech investing</category><category>bull run</category><category>bullish</category><category>2018 ipos</category><category>ethereum</category><category>ripple</category><category>cryptocurrencies</category><category>private markets</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZMSI_062018.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Running for the Exits: The Great Unicorn Stampede of 2018</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-ipos-and-exits/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;We're not yet halfway through 2018 and the year is already being hailed as the return of the IPO. To that end, there were already&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/27/17292190/tech-ipo-market-docusign-smartsheet" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;twice as many IPOs through April 2018 as there were all of 2017&lt;/a&gt;. Some have even gone as far as to say&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/23/ipos-are-back-but-for-how-long/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;the IPO is "back"&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;(where it went is a topic for another day). Among those firms that experienced exit events were household unicorns such as Spotify, Dropbox, and DocuSign. Those familiar with EquityZen's mission know we are proud to say that over the course of the past five years we have conducted 4000+ transactions in over 100+ companies. Now, with some of those transacted firms exiting, we wanted to discuss what these events mean for EquityZen, our investors, and our overall thesis of allocating investment funds for the private markets.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:25:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-ipos-and-exits/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>2018 ipos</category><category>venture ipos</category><category>private markets</category><category>spotify ipo</category><category>docusign ipo</category><category>redfin ipo</category><category>zscaler ipo</category><category>forescout ipo</category><category>forescout technologies ipo</category><category>glassdoor exit</category><category>tintri ipo</category><category>zuora ipo</category><category>practice fusion exit</category><category>mongodb ipo</category><category>jawbone bankruptcy</category><category>dropbox ipo</category><category>equityzen ipos</category><category>ipo investing</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Exits.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Why Pre-IPO Liquidity is Important for Employees</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-liquidity/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;When Snap Inc. (SNAP) went public in March 2017, the company was valued at over $23B, or $17 per share. While early shareholders watched the stock price quickly rise to a high of $29, they were unable to realize these gains until the IPO Lockup Period expired last week. For most, those gains quickly eroded due to poor earnings and increased competition, which caused SNAP to slide below $14 over the course of the 180-day lockup. We take a look at employee ownership and how pre-IPO secondaries can alleviate issues that come with banner exit events.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>asa.lieberman@equityzen.com (Asa Lieberman)</author><pubDate>Thu, 17 May 2018 16:06:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-liquidity/</guid><category>Snap</category><category>snapchat</category><category>pre-ipo secondaries</category><category>IPO</category><category>Snap IPO</category><category>employee incentive plan</category><category>ISOs</category><category>RSUs</category><category>shareholders</category><category>selling stock</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Snap_IPO.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen's 2018 IPO Outlook — Q2 Update</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-ipo-outlook-update/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;At the beginning of this year, 2018, our Research team put together a 2018 IPO Outlook report that outlined the private companies most likely to go public throughout the course of the year. With a third of the year in the books, 2018 has already been crowned the champion of the IPO, singlehandedly bringing the IPO market "back." Here, our Research team provides an update.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 10 May 2018 16:16:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-ipo-outlook-update/</guid><category>ipo</category><category>2018 ipos</category><category>venture ipos</category><category>private markets</category><category>lyft</category><category>cloudflare</category><category>greensky</category><category>apttus</category><category>afiniti</category><category>anaplan</category><category>appdirect</category><category>bloom energy</category><category>crowdstrike</category><category>cylance</category><category>domo</category><category>illumio</category><category>kabbage</category><category>medallia</category><category>peloton</category><category>rubicon global</category><category>rubrik</category><category>sprinklr</category><category>tanium</category><category>wheelsup</category><category>public exit</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/2018%20ipo.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Stock Splits — Explained</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/stock-splits/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;We have received many questions from investors over the past several years on stock splits and how these events impact their investments. In particular, companies often do share splits in conjunction with an IPO and the discrepancy with the post-split IPO price and the pre-split investment price can create confusion. Today, we will shed a little light on this topic and explain what stock splits are, why they are used and&amp;mdash;the most critical part from an investment standpoint&amp;mdash;why they don&amp;rsquo;t impact returns.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:48:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/stock-splits/</guid><category>stock splits</category><category>IPO</category><category>share splits</category><category>finance</category><category>valuation</category><category>stocks</category><category>corporate finance</category><category>corporate valuation</category><category>large stocks</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_JB_Split.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Tax Reform: What it Means for Your Startup Equity (Part II)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tax-reform-2/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;It's tax season, friends! That's right, time to break out the W2's, 1099s, K-1s, and the rest of the alphabet soup that only your local accountant can decipher. Though EquityZen is proud to help shareholders get liquidity and investors into private companies, these events may have unique implications on your taxes. Are you are a startup employee who receives stock options, whether ISOs or NSOs or RSUs? If so, you may have a new option to defer any federal taxes under the new tax law. Specifically, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts created a new potential option&amp;mdash;a Section 83(i) election&amp;mdash;that can potentially result in tax savings. This is part&amp;nbsp;two of a two-part series on the subject. Read&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/tax-reform-1/"&gt;part one here&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>christopher.giampapa@equityzen.com (Chris Giampapa)</author><pubDate>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:19:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tax-reform-2/</guid><category>tax bill</category><category>new tax law</category><category>tax reform</category><category>tax season</category><category>stock equity</category><category>equity compensation</category><category>startup equity</category><category>K-1s</category><category>W2</category><category>tax forms</category><category>83(i) election</category><category>83(b) election</category><category>AMT</category><category>alternative minimum tax</category><category>accounting</category><category>jobs act</category><category>tax cuts</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Jerry_Maguire.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Tax Reform: What it Means for Your Startup Equity (Part I)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tax-reform-1/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;It's tax season, friends! That's right, time to break out the W2's, 1099s, K-1s, and the rest of the alphabet soup that only your local accountant can decipher. Though EquityZen is proud to help shareholders get liquidity and investors into private companies, these events may have unique implications on your taxes. Are you are a startup employee who receives stock options, whether ISOs or NSOs or RSUs? If so, you may have a new option to defer any federal taxes under the new tax law. Specifically, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts created a new potential option&amp;mdash;a Section 83(i) election&amp;mdash;that can potentially result in tax savings. This is part one of a two-part series on the subject.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>christopher.giampapa@equityzen.com (Chris Giampapa)</author><pubDate>Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:57:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tax-reform-1/</guid><category>tax bill</category><category>new tax law</category><category>tax reform</category><category>tax season</category><category>startup equity</category><category>K-1s</category><category>W2</category><category>tax forms</category><category>83(i) election</category><category>accounting</category><category>jobs act</category><category>tax cuts</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Tax_Dog.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Spotify: Blurring the Private and Public Market Lines</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/spotify-ipo-disrupts-wall-street/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;With 160 IPOs in 2017, it is rare for a company's initial public offering to get as much coverage as Spotify's already has this past year. In many ways, however, Spotify deserves the attention. For starters, Spotify is a widely used consumer product that continues to exhibit impressive growth against deep-pocketed and experienced competitors (*cough* Apple *cough*). Many Spotify fans and cynics alike will be eyeing their listing and continued results as a public company. Secondly, Spotify's decision not to raise any capital and forgo a traditional Initial Public Offering in lieu of an Initial Public Listing has already made them stand out in the tech world. While Spotify's trailblazing attitude allows them to eschew Wall Street banks and save unnecessary dilution from a traditional IPO, it comes with its own bevy of risks, such as price discovery and liquidity once the shares are publicly traded.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:08:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/spotify-ipo-disrupts-wall-street/</guid><category>Spotify</category><category>spotify IPO</category><category>ipo</category><category>direct listing</category><category>wall street</category><category>music industry</category><category>disrupting wall street</category><category>private markets</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Spotify_IPO.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SEC Charges Theranos With Fraud: Initial Thoughts</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/theranos-fraud/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The SEC announced today that it has charged Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes (founder and CEO), and Sunny Balwani (former President) with what it is calling a "massive" fraud. This story is still developing, but it is an important one. We've been watching this story since it was announced that the SEC was investigating Theranos. We share some preliminary thoughts on this monumental decision.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:20:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/theranos-fraud/</guid><category>Theranos</category><category>Elizabeth Holmes</category><category>fraud</category><category>SEC</category><category>theranos ruling</category><category>blood company</category><category>$700M fraud</category><category>investor fraud</category><category>startup fraud</category><category>theranos fraud</category><category>theranos founder fraud</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Theranos_Founder.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>From College to FinTech — Landing Your Dream FinTech Job</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/landing-your-dream-fintech-job/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Interested in a career in FinTech? Looking to be on the front line of emerging technologies right in the heart of New York City? Think you know other folks who may fit this description as well? Check out our open positions on our &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/careers/"&gt;EquityZen Careers&lt;/a&gt; page now!&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>asa.lieberman@equityzen.com (Asa Lieberman)</author><pubDate>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:03:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/landing-your-dream-fintech-job/</guid><category>college</category><category>fintech</category><category>recruiting</category><category>tech</category><category>future</category><category>college students</category><category>next step</category><category>interviewing</category><category>life planning</category><category>career</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-duAPTG-lRpQ/Wo3LDsPp0NI/AAAAAAAAAfw/Tc2Lsgob3IwOng5TdDYs_crkLb-Kej5eQCLcBGAs/s400/giphy%2B%25281%2529.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Dangers of the P/S Multiple</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/startup-multiples/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;When we talk about startup valuations, we typically speak in term of P/S (price-to-sales) multiples. Why? For starters, many of them have not yet reached profitability, so valuing them off of earnings is impossible. Second, we often have very limited financial information for private companies, which makes more intricate valuation methodologies difficult. Finally, multiples turn a complex topic like corporate valuation into a seemingly simple equation.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/startup-multiples/</guid><category>financial multiples</category><category>price-to-sales</category><category>startup finance</category><category>dcfs</category><category>finance 101</category><category>financial analysis</category><category>technical analysis</category><category>comparable analysis</category><category>financial comps</category><category>venture capital multiples</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_staples.gif"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Year in Review — A Letter from the CEO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2017-year-in-review/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;2018 is off to a strong start for us and our clients, joining together in helping EquityZen bring private markets to the public.&amp;nbsp;As 2017 turns into a memory, I want to take this moment to share moments of excitement and learning for the EquityZen team.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:46:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2017-year-in-review/</guid><category>year in review</category><category>2017 recap</category><category>EquityZen</category><category>Atish Davda</category><category>CEO</category><category>growth</category><category>Draper Associates</category><category>revenue goals</category><category>acquisition growth</category><category>fintech</category><category>startups</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ%20Team.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SoftBank: A Blessing or a Curse for Investors?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-vision-fund/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Japanese telecoms giant SoftBank has undoubtedly made a huge impact on the global technology landscape with multiple $1B+ investments in industry leading private tech firms over the last few years. SoftBank continues to make bold, and public, bets on the future of technology, but whether this large influx of capital is positive for private companies and their investors in the long-run remains to be seen. In this note we discuss some of the possible effects SoftBank is having on technology markets from an investor perspective.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>chukwuma.okpalugo@equityzen.com (Chuk Okpalugo)</author><pubDate>Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:30:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/softbank-vision-fund/</guid><category>softbank</category><category>vision fund</category><category>uber</category><category>wag</category><category>sofi</category><category>flipkart</category><category>valuations</category><category>venture capital</category><category>venture fund</category><category>WeWork</category><category>Slack</category><category>IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/softbank%20vf.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Trend Is Your Friend: 8 Lucky Consumer Investing Trends in 2018</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-consumer-investing-trends/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Counting on ancient wisdom in lucky numbers, we curate eight consumer trends private investors might find refreshing and profitable. In researching this list, sectors we thought would boom were cooling off and those we weren&amp;rsquo;t watching closely, surprised, and delighted us. Here&amp;rsquo;s what I'm keeping my eye out for in 2018:&lt;/p&gt;</description><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Kartik Ram</dc:creator><pubDate>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:30:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2018-consumer-investing-trends/</guid><category>2018</category><category>consumer trends</category><category>Eaze</category><category>glamping</category><category>e-bikes</category><category>podcasts</category><category>conscious brands</category><category>cannabis tech</category><category>Honest Company</category><category>electric vehicles</category><category>Amazon</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/2018%20consumer%20trends.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>From College to FinTech — Why I Chose to Forgo a Large Finance Firm to Enter Tech</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/college-to-fintech/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;We take a break today from investor research and tax bills to reach out to the real MVPs of December: the college students who pushed and persevered through finals only to come out on the other side and fall headfirst into resume dumps and interviews. We've been there. This is for you.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>asa.lieberman@equityzen.com (Asa Lieberman)</author><pubDate>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:00:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/college-to-fintech/</guid><category>college</category><category>fintech</category><category>recruiting</category><category>tech</category><category>future</category><category>college students</category><category>next step</category><category>interviewing</category><category>life planning</category><category>career</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/fintech.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Retail 2.0: Digital Native Brands Take on Tradition</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/digital-native-brands-retail/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Consumers have more choices in affordable luxury than the standard fare that malls and boutiques serve up. Today, the world&amp;rsquo;s leading retailers are all online. The long-tail playbook has won. But the fastest-growing digital brands aren&amp;rsquo;t following it. Most such companies focus on selling only a handful of different products, and many started out with just one.&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/company/casper/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;Casper&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;began by selling the single, killer product, namely, the &amp;ldquo;perfect bed.&amp;rdquo;&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/company/bonobos/" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;Bonobos&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;started with a single pair of men&amp;rsquo;s pants. Allbirds made its mark with a distinct wool pair of minimalist shoes. This new generation of disruptive brands is not only a consumer phenomenon but also threatening to shake up retail.&lt;/p&gt;</description><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Kartik Ram</dc:creator><pubDate>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:32:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/digital-native-brands-retail/</guid><category>retail</category><category>digital native brands</category><category>warby parker</category><category>casper</category><category>allbirds</category><category>bonobos</category><category>ecommerce</category><category>amazon</category><category>luxury brands</category><category>clothes retail</category><media:thumbnail url="https://d1pcl23hvn33vi.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/ecommerce2.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen's 2018 IPO Outlook</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ipo-outlook-2018/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The past year capped yet another relatively subdued year for tech IPOs, with activity still well below 2013/2014 levels despite favorable market conditions. In our view, the underlying reasons for the ongoing public offering torpor remain consistent with prior years: an abundance of capital (and high valuations) in private markets, the high costs of becoming&amp;mdash;and remaining&amp;mdash;a public company, analyst scrutiny, and an increase in liquidity alternatives. We believe these factors may continue to weigh on IPO volume in the year ahead.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:56:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ipo-outlook-2018/</guid><category>ipos</category><category>2018 ipo</category><category>airbnb</category><category>docusign</category><category>lyft</category><category>new ipos</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/2018%20ipo.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Thank You From EquityZen</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/happy-thanksgiving-equityzen-2017/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, we wanted to continue our annual EquityZen tradition and reflect on a few things that we are thankful for this year. Thanksgiving snuck up on a lot of us this year and it's hard to believe that 2017 is quickly coming to a close.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:00:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/happy-thanksgiving-equityzen-2017/</guid><category>Thanksgiving</category><category>EquityZen</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UjURf1q8v6I/WhWkPtgX2BI/AAAAAAAABL4/-RGT92wOFGQUO2fzhN2X2Sed0i1umeu_QCLcBGAs/s1600/tgiving.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Silicon Valley Unites to Preserve Equity Compensation</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/silicon-valley-unites/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;It was fast and furious, but in the end the US Senate ultimately came around. The Senate's version of the tax bill to implement sweeping changes and cuts to the tax code included a provision that would have taxed stock options and&amp;nbsp;RSUs&amp;nbsp;upon vesting. This would have been disastrous for the startup community, which relies heavily on equity awards to compensate employees. The startup community quickly rallied to inundate local Senators with opposition to this provision, and late Tuesday night, November 14, 2017, the Senate relented and struck that provision. We break down why this matters and how it was resolved.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:16:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/silicon-valley-unites/</guid><category>silicon valley</category><category>tax plan</category><category>equity compensation</category><category>senate</category><category>gop tax bill</category><category>startup compensation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/unclesam.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Artificial Intelligence Startups: The Key to Real Returns in the Modern Economy?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ai-sector-report/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Given AI&amp;rsquo;s broad applicability, the potential impact of the technology is staggering, with two prominent consultancy firms pegging the eventual economic contribution at ~$14-16T. In this report, we will examine the artificial intelligence industry as a whole, as well as the major players and trends.&amp;nbsp;For a detailed analysis of the industry and the major players in this sector, please download the report here:&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EquityZen_AI_Sector_Report.pdf" target="_blank"&gt;EquityZen Artificial Intelligence Sector Report&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:35:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ai-sector-report/</guid><category>Artificial Intelligence</category><category>AI</category><category>Machine Learning</category><category>Neural Networks</category><category>AI startups</category><category>vicarious</category><category>sentient technologies</category><category>Ayasdi</category><category>Core AI</category><category>Open Source</category><category>Data</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/AI_Sector.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The EquityZen Seller Video Series — Part I</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/shareholder-video-part-one/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Shareholder behold!&amp;nbsp;This week we're proud to bring you a short video wherein we show you how EquityZen smoothens the once-convoluted process of getting liquidity for your private shares. We understand how daunting the process of selling your equity may seem, but we're here to demystify that concept and help you navigate these tricky waters.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>richard.stratford@equityzen.com (Richard Stratford)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:25:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/shareholder-video-part-one/</guid><category>shareholder</category><category>sell your equity</category><category>equity compensation</category><category>liquidity</category><category>seller process</category><media:thumbnail url=""></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Some Thoughts on Open Source Software in the Public Markets</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/opensourcesoftware/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Public market investors like to see [fill in the blank]. We could put many adjectives here. Very few seem to correspond with the adjectives often used to describe open source software (OSS) companies. With several of these vendors gearing up for IPO, including MongoDB (filed S-1) and MapR (&lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/09/05/big-data-startup-mapr-raises-56m-moves-closer-to-ipo/#32e3fd467a6a"&gt;reported&lt;/a&gt;), we often get asked how OSS models fare in public markets. The challenge in answering this question is that it's somewhat unclear.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:20:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/opensourcesoftware/</guid><category>open source</category><category>software</category><category>mongodb</category><category>redhat</category><category>networks</category><category>open source code</category><category>public markets</category><category>sector report</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/open%20source%20graphic.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Some Thoughts Regarding ForeScout's S-1</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/forescout-s1/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;ForeScout filed an S-1 earlier this week, marking its first step towards completing an IPO. ForeScout expects to list on the NASDAQ under the ticker &amp;ldquo;FSCT&amp;rdquo;. The S-1 was (long) expected as the company had reportedly filed confidentially early this year.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:05:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/forescout-s1/</guid><category>forescout</category><category>forescouttechnologies</category><category>software</category><category>saas</category><category>ipo</category><category>s-1 filing</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/magnifying%20glass.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Cybersecurity Startups: Hacking into a Growing Market Opportunity</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-cybersecurity-sector-report/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;As the world grows increasingly digitized, from cryptocurrencies to the interconnectivity of social media platforms, it has never been more important to protect your data. In the wake of the catastrophic Equifax data breach, cybersecurity has become of the utmost concern for every day citizens. The cybersecurity market has grown to $120B, underpinned by an increase in the frequency and severity of cybercrime over recent years. As cyber threats have increased, though, legacy technology has become increasingly less effective at mitigating them.&amp;nbsp;For a detailed analysis of the industry and the major players in this sector, please download the report here: &lt;a href="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EZ_Cybersecurity_Report.pdf"&gt;EquityZen Cybersecurity Sector Report&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>catherine.klinchuch@equityzen.com (Catherine Klinchuch)</author><pubDate>Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:51:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-cybersecurity-sector-report/</guid><category>Cybersecurity</category><category>Hacking</category><category>Black Hat</category><category>Forescout Technologies</category><category>Zscaler</category><category>Cylance</category><category>Data Breach</category><category>Equifax</category><category>Software</category><category>AI</category><category>Quantum Encryption</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ud5OuAQmnd4/WbrLXJaXn2I/AAAAAAAAAOs/JsaRZQpmzY4jY63DDXlEEZ9mo2YGXtWYgCLcBGAs/s1600/cybersecurity_1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Streaming: The Savior of the Music Industry?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/streaming-savior-of-music-industry/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The last two years have proven to be a huge turning point for the music industry as internet streaming has meaningfully reversed the 15-year decline in industry revenues brought about by the internet piracy age at the turn of the century. In this post, an excerpt of our industry overview report, we&amp;rsquo;ll briefly discuss the industry growth trends.&amp;nbsp;For a detailed analysis of the industry&amp;rsquo;s history and the business performance of the key players, please download the report, EquityZen Industry Overview: Music Streaming, &lt;a href="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/media/tinymce_uploads/EquityZen_Industry_Overview_Music_Streaming_vF.pdf"&gt;here&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>chukwuma.okpalugo@equityzen.com (Chuk Okpalugo)</author><pubDate>Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:00:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/streaming-savior-of-music-industry/</guid><category>Spotify</category><category>Apple Music</category><category>Pandora</category><category>Music Streaming</category><category>Spotify Direct Listing</category><category>Spotify vs Apple Music</category><category>Music Industry</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3RmnI75x2QU/WYJkUuOIw5I/AAAAAAAAAA8/CaFJfptPN74uXdZGhQhGqok-BGvmsOcKQCLcBGAs/s1600/Streaming%2BUsers.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Redfin: Path to IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/redfin-path-to-ipo/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate brokerage aiming to reshape the industry, recently priced its upcoming IPO between $12 - $14 per share. At this valuation, Redfin would become the latest tech unicorn on the public market. As the company heads towards its public listing, one big question lingers for investors: Should Redfin be valued as a real estate brokerage or as a tech company?&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>charles.joyce@equityzen.com (Charlie Joyce)</author><pubDate>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:04:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/redfin-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Redfin</category><category>Investor</category><category>Startups</category><category>Venture capital</category><category>Private equity</category><category>Share price</category><category>Valuation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-L05GaZ3aVE8/WXEAgItYQEI/AAAAAAAAAAo/CjtR6MtLUXwBClq55fGp4ulyi5-ohJyJQCLcBGAs/s1600/Redfin_PTIPO.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SEC Expands Confidential Filing to All IPOs</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-expands-confidential-filing-to-all-ipos/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Starting July 10, 2017, all companies seeking an IPO, whether or not they qualify as emerging growth companies (&amp;ldquo;EGCs&amp;rdquo;), will be permitted to file their draft IPO registration statements confidentially. This is an important development, as it may lead to more IPOs and is a signal of tone shift at the SEC towards capital formation.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 06 Jul 2017 12:03:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-expands-confidential-filing-to-all-ipos/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>IPO</category><category>Startups</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HfzHs4rEadk/WV5csp9uWaI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/zJsn3dPAyBsN6Pmc5xkYkvrwOI6c90cwwCLcBGAs/s400/shh.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Tech IPO “Down Rounds”: EquityZen Runs the Numbers with Jeremy Abelson and Irving Investors</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ipo-down-rounds-with-irving-investors/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The &lt;a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/04/28/cloudera-shares-jump-in-ipo-but-is-it-a-win/#70e339b178c8" data-blogger-escaped-target="_blank"&gt;recent Cloudera IPO&lt;/a&gt; has re-ignited a discussion about down rounds. How could a private company &lt;em&gt;possibly&lt;/em&gt; be valued at $30.92 per share in 2014, and then go public at $15? What could lead to such a corporate phenomenon? Do the valuation techniques of VC firms and Wall Street &lt;em&gt;really&lt;/em&gt; differ by such a margin?&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 25 May 2017 00:01:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/ipo-down-rounds-with-irving-investors/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Cloudera</category><category>Down round</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hj104Xmobqg/WSUCQyJaeHI/AAAAAAAADDc/-fW9Mh8ZNCANpbw51uYaQublznBKE-kaACLcB/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2017-05-23%2Bat%2B11.46.51%2BPM.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Not So Obvious: Here's What To Know Between NSO and ISO Stock Options</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/heres-what-to-know-between-nso-and-iso-stock-options/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The world of startup stock options can be pretty opaque. To outsiders, its seems all one does is join a small company, and, if it works, &lt;a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2072204/Facebook-IPO-create-1-000-millionaires-companys-rank-file.html" target="_blank"&gt;everyone becomes millionaires&lt;/a&gt;. For new employees, they often don&amp;rsquo;t know what &lt;a href="https://www.inc.com/atish-davda/5-questions-you-should-ask-before-taking-a-start-up-job-offer.html" target="_blank"&gt;they don&amp;rsquo;t know&lt;/a&gt; and are faced with piles of new &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/key-equity-documents-to-keep-on-file/" target="_blank"&gt;documents&lt;/a&gt; and &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/demystifying-the-option-agreement/" target="_blank"&gt;more questions&lt;/a&gt; once they join their budding business. Core to our mission is to help educate employees, companies, and their founders about their &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/rights-of-employees-as-shareholders/" target="_blank"&gt;stock options&lt;/a&gt; and what they can do &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/what-to-know-about-selling-you-shares/" target="_blank"&gt;with their resulting shares&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 18 May 2017 14:22:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/heres-what-to-know-between-nso-and-iso-stock-options/</guid><category>Employee</category><category>Equity</category><category>Stock Option</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5uW10ezhRmo/WRomPIMKzkI/AAAAAAAADKw/SJjJwhPO3mwcPG--Fay8eaOLzx2apPmSwCLcB/s1600/ez%2Bnso%2Btax%2Btreartment%2Bunicorn.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Q&amp;A with Troy Paredes: How the SEC Regulates Silicon Valley (Part 2)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-and-a-troy-paredes-sec-silicon-valley-part-2/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The change in administrations at the White House has multifold ramifications for startups. Important among those areas is the Securities and Exchange Commission&amp;rsquo;s (&amp;ldquo;SEC&amp;rdquo;) posture towards Silicon Valley and how that agenda may shift under incoming Chair Jay Clayton. We&amp;rsquo;ve tapped friend of EquityZen, and former Commissioner at the SEC, Troy A. Paredes to shed some light.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:51:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-and-a-troy-paredes-sec-silicon-valley-part-2/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Regulation</category><category>SEC</category><category>Fintech</category><category>Legal</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-njgZ7s7B-50/WO-rK4-FU5I/AAAAAAAAD4A/_XgBaYtJh-wFNY3Z8t2grEmG5j3B0_YVACLcB/s320/SEC3.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Q&amp;A with Troy Paredes: How the SEC Regulates Silicon Valley (Part 1)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-and-a-troy-paredes-sec-silicon-valley/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The change in administrations at the White House has multifold ramifications for startups. Important among those areas is the Securities and Exchange Commission&amp;rsquo;s (&amp;ldquo;SEC&amp;rdquo;) posture towards Silicon Valley and how that agenda may shift under incoming Chair Jay Clayton. We&amp;rsquo;ve tapped friend of EquityZen, and former Commissioner at the SEC, Troy A. Paredes to shed some light.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:49:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-and-a-troy-paredes-sec-silicon-valley/</guid><category>SEC</category><category>Regulation</category><category>Investor</category><category>Legal</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-B1_5wmq-SqA/WOVx70ZZQmI/AAAAAAAAD2U/Fstar9fXkWcXuR5hwV0xpOFq_1X57cExgCEw/s400/sec2.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>FinTech Outlook: Five Developing Issues to Watch in 2017</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/fintech-outlook-five-issues-2017/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;FinTech investment, innovation, and media attention has grown steadily in recent years, and do not look to abate any time soon. &amp;nbsp;We&amp;rsquo;ve tapped friend of EquityZen, and FinTech lawyer, Lee A. Schneider, to opine on FinTech regulatory trends to watch in 2017.&lt;/p&gt;</description><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Lee Schneider</dc:creator><pubDate>Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:21:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/fintech-outlook-five-issues-2017/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Fintech</category><category>Regulation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GkzO8CxXkQo/WIpNHHfLTDI/AAAAAAAADZ8/VI86vglu5jgqGe8fanCyU0oOsK4SPPGKwCLcB/s1600/i%2Bheart%2Bfintech.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Trump's Nominee for SEC Chief: Implications for Startups and Fintech</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/trump-nominee-sec-chief-fintech-startup/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;On January 4, 2017, President-Elect Donald Trump nominated Jay Clayton, a private sector Wall Street lawyer, to serve as the next Chairman of the SEC. While the confirmation hearings will tell us a lot about Mr. Clayton&amp;rsquo;s background, qualifications, and leanings, I can&amp;rsquo;t wait that long and preview here what the SEC&amp;rsquo;s agenda may look like in his tenure&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:52:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/trump-nominee-sec-chief-fintech-startup/</guid><category>SEC</category><category>Regulatory</category><category>Trump</category><category>Fintech</category><category>Startup</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_l3uPdK9sP0/WIDYEbj2SdI/AAAAAAAAAtI/ZNB-WwJf5k4Ig3xMufFbnoZe0zf4IGwWACLcB/s1600/SEC_Medium.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Demystifying the Option Agreement</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/demystifying-the-option-agreement/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Your Stock Option Agreement. If you work at a startup, you&amp;rsquo;ve probably got one. It lays out what you can and can&amp;rsquo;t do with your &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/glossary/?term=Stock%20Option"&gt;stock options&lt;/a&gt;, which happens to be a very important component of your compensation. But do you understand how an Option Agreement really works? Luckily, EquityZen is here to help.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>abad.mian@equityzen.com (Abad Mian)</author><pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:27:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/demystifying-the-option-agreement/</guid><category>Option Agreement</category><category>Stock Option Agreement</category><category>ISO</category><category>NSO</category><category>Incentive Stock Option</category><category>Non-Statutory Stock Option</category><category>Exercise Notice</category><category>Right of First Refusal</category><category>ROFR</category><category>Initial Public Offering</category><category>IPO</category><category>Equity Compensation</category><category>Exercise Notice</category><category>Stock Option Exercise Notice</category><category>Shareholder Agreement</category><category>Shareholders Agreement</category><category>Shareholder's Agreement</category><category>Exercise Price</category><category>Stock Option Notice</category><category>Notice of Stock Option</category><category>Stock Options</category><category>Stock Options</category><category>Liquidity</category><category>Exit</category><category>Legal Opinion</category><category>Transfer Fee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CZU97OJU4l8/WHQq3tCUguI/AAAAAAAAAZs/hh3WOF1V7Q4ynlK9jri6nqqeL63_4MyUwCLcB/s1600/demystifying.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>How to Hedge Against Private Company Valuations</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hedging-against-private-company-valuations/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;"How can I hedge against private company valuations?"&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;"Can I short pre-IPO shares?"&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;"How do I lock my shares&amp;rsquo; current price?"&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;I often get variations of these questions. The answer is "no" &amp;ndash; but, I usually point out other ways to enhance the private market portfolio. I thought EquityZen&amp;rsquo;s client base might find them interesting, so below are some ideas.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 12:18:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hedging-against-private-company-valuations/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Investing Strategy</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AjkyFp_xDgQ/WG5-wJNtAOI/AAAAAAAADXU/A2aJjas3BFwxQ02fFpiUvoZS5s_0SUJ_ACLcB/s320/Hedging.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Tech IPOs and Trump</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tech-ipos-and-trump/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;This election has not been short of surprises, and the stock market is no exception. With the Dow and S&amp;amp;P 500 reaching record highs on Wednesday, it seems the market has recovered from the uncertainty we had just one month ago. That said, the President-elect doesn't step into the White House for another month and a half. It's to be determined if we see another shift after January 20th once the the rubber hits the pavement.&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;Until then, Trump has shared (some of) his plan as president, and as he appoints his administration, the market will adjust. Based on what we know, we expect the impact to be a mixed bag for tech companies and their IPO plans during the Trump presidency.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:52:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tech-ipos-and-trump/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Trump</category><category>Tech IPO</category><category>Election</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JdgylFpaH78/WEmF-zh33eI/AAAAAAAAC-8/OTGQLlmicjwWqOtOVvrEjGB6sfQgypB1wCLcB/s1600/equityzen-trump-tech-ipos.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Happy Thanksgiving from EquityZen</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/happy-thanksgiving-equityzen-2016/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Happy Thanksgiving from the team at EquityZen!&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 24 Nov 2016 01:05:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/happy-thanksgiving-equityzen-2016/</guid><category>Company</category><category>EquityZen</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qfq2aQejwK0/WDXwp3QDArI/AAAAAAAAApc/xe7h8omiP7MjUEpchUInq-RUa8DDv1MYQCEw/s1600/tgiving.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Flat is the new up. Or you can fire a bunch of people (it's just way less cool.)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/flat-is-the-new-up-or-you-can-fire-people/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Kudos to Postmates. &lt;a href="http://fortune.com/2016/10/31/postmates-valuation/?utm_source=equityzen&amp;amp;utm_campaign=blogemail&amp;amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank"&gt;Raising a $140M&lt;/a&gt; round in a crowded space (food delivery) right now is no easy task. Even at a flat price to last year's valuation, I still applaud CEO Bastian Lehmann's ability to get fresh capital (&lt;a href="http://foundersfund.com/?utm_source=equityzen&amp;amp;utm_campaign=blogemail&amp;amp;utm_medium=email" target="_blank"&gt;from a returning VC investor&lt;/a&gt;, no less) in the current fundraising environment.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:10:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/flat-is-the-new-up-or-you-can-fire-people/</guid><category>Entrepreneurship</category><category>Startup</category><category>Technology</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Fundraising</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RAAYsI_WDTU/WCSbgzMBNHI/AAAAAAAAAnY/ZCEDOum5UccYvmexA9F91nt07WevterhQCLcB/s1600/blogpost_8.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Dollar Shave Club, Jet.com, and Nutanix: Paths to Exit</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/dsc-jet-nutanix-paths-to-exit/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;We recently published three new infographics regarding the exits of Dollar Shave Club (acquired by Unilever), Jet (acquired by Walmart), and Nutanix (recently set the terms and price for their IPO). &amp;nbsp; Take a look to see what these events mean for the major investors of the company - you might be surprised by some of the outcomes. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:52:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/dsc-jet-nutanix-paths-to-exit/</guid><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Path to Acquisition</category><category>EquityZen</category><category>IPO</category><category>Infographic</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_mIaoJbeApg/V-RCmRTBVzI/AAAAAAAAAi8/Cii60AmH0HwiI5ldAVhl9Vjts9zisslVQCLcB/s320/dsc_1.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Announcing EquityZen 2.0</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/announcing-equityzen-2/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;The team at EquityZen has been hard at work over the past few months working on a slew of product features and improvements to further bolster the customer experience for all of our clients. &amp;nbsp;These features have ranged from small improvements to major product releases. We are excited to highlight some of the most impactful changes here. &amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:41:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/announcing-equityzen-2/</guid><category>EquityZen</category><category>Product</category><category>Feature</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-e3mkW4r1PhQ/V9Fy00OgNSI/AAAAAAAAAhE/NMLjRURIWXcxVXmP68_v9-uriFfxBP9JgCLcB/s320/Blog_EZA_1.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Six Months Later: The Pre-IPO Investment Opportunity in an Up Market</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-investment-opportunity-up-market/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Key Takeaways:&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;&amp;bull; Pre-IPO investments can be a core part of the growth equity allocation of your portfolio in all market environments&lt;br /&gt;&amp;bull; Recent indicators support the case for considering adding pre-IPO investments today following the upward movement of public equity markets over the past six months&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;p&gt;You wouldn't have predicted this six months ago.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>kaylock.yam@equityzen.com (Kaylock Yam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 10:52:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-investment-opportunity-up-market/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-z2HiRugpuQ4/V8g9-tq5GpI/AAAAAAAAAfo/C5oY-uEQSKwPiFsV_4-L3N0wZ4WnrHHeACLcB/s1600/yoda_invest.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Planning Your Own Funeral: Why FinTech Firms Must Prepare for the Worst</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/why-fintech-firms-must-have-contingency-plans-in-place/</link><description>&lt;div style="text-align: center;"&gt;
&lt;div style="text-align: left;"&gt;As humans, we are programmed to &amp;ldquo;hope for the best but plan for the worst,&amp;rdquo; a philosophy that is often evident in actions we take throughout our lives. Working professionals, even those with healthy incomes, set up savings accounts to create a financial safeguard against loss of employment. Midwestern families build underground shelters to protect their families from tornadoes. Parents purchase cars with built-in airbags, so that their children are protected in case the unthinkable happens. We plan for the worst not to buy a license to act recklessly, but rather to take care of those who depend on us during extreme times. It is just as important for companies to take similar measures to protect against unfortunate, yet entirely conceivable disasters. This planning is especially crucial for startups.As Forbes has kindly reminded its readers, &lt;a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/neilpatel/2015/01/16/90-of-startups-will-fail-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-10/#217784d155e1"&gt;90% of startups fail&lt;/a&gt;. One of its advised conditions for creating a successful startup: design a product that is &amp;ldquo;perfect for the market&amp;rdquo;. Certainly no easy task. What happens in the end if a product isn&amp;rsquo;t quite&amp;hellip;perfect? What happens if that 90% becomes 100%? All of a sudden, customers who had depended on the company&amp;rsquo;s services would be left without a safety net.&lt;/div&gt;
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&lt;p&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>sean.troy@equityzen.com (Sean Troy)</author><pubDate>Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:00:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/why-fintech-firms-must-have-contingency-plans-in-place/</guid><category>Fintech</category><category>Contingency</category><category>Insolvency</category><category>Startup</category><category>Bankrupt</category><category>Backup</category><category>EquityZen</category><category>Nirvanix</category><category>Zirtual</category><category>Private Market</category><category>Marketplace</category><category>Secondary</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KbHfXzpqfp0/V6vFjPbmlbI/AAAAAAAAAeM/b1UVQuxZkfIgdtDl24Ny6qtRClCFfzl4wCLcB/s1600/planning.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Q&amp;A: Serengeti of Private Markets with Ben Narasin of Canvas Ventures</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-a-ben-narasin-canvas-ventures/</link><description>&lt;div&gt;EquityZen is continuing its Q&amp;amp;A series with Ben Narasin of &lt;a href="http://www.canvas.vc/team/"&gt;Canvas Ventures&lt;/a&gt;. You can catch the previous edition covering the &lt;a href="https://equityzen.com/blog/q-a-dave-mcclure-state-of-private-markets/"&gt;state of private markets at the end of Q1 of this year with 500Startups&amp;rsquo; Dave McClure&lt;/a&gt;. Here at EquityZen, we closely follow private markets and help shed light on opportunities available at various points of the market cycle. You can follow us on Twitter &lt;a href="https://twitter.com/equityzen"&gt;@EquityZen&lt;/a&gt; for more real time updates.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;
&lt;p&gt;&lt;font face="inherit" data-blogger-escaped-style="font-family: inherit;"&gt;Ben is a seasoned entrepreneur and prolific early stage investor. He took one of his earlier ventures public in 1999, and since has focused on identifying and investing in early stage companies both, as an angel as well as an institutional investor, first with Triple Point Ventures and now as General Partner at Canvas Ventures.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/font&gt;Public and private equity markets in technology and digital healthcare have enjoyed a strong bull run over the past several years. However, with virtually no IPOs in the first half of 2016, they have been seemingly getting stuck in what seems like a limbo over the past six months. So, I spoke with Ben towards the end of June to discuss private markets, specifically the venture capital and growth equity kind, and asked him to help lift the fog, and share ways to find opportunities amidst the haze. A synopsis of our discussion follows.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:35:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-a-ben-narasin-canvas-ventures/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Startups</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S3C5hjwUdoI/V5Di_HVGr8I/AAAAAAAAGS4/sCQRSOxNePg5Dlai7nk3zPXo8OvrIi_FQCK4B/s400/Ben%2BNarasin.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Why Alternatives Should Be Part of Your Investment Portfolio</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/alternatives-part-of-investment-portfolio/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;When individuals think of their investment portfolio, they tend to think of more traditional asset classes: fixed income (bonds) and equities (stocks). &amp;nbsp; Historically, individual investors have not had easy access to alternative asset classes, such as hedge funds, real estate, private equity or venture capital. &amp;nbsp;However, with the emergence of online investment platforms and the rapid advancement in the fintech industry, many alternative asset classes are now available to accredited investors at manageable minimums, allowing them to further diversify and potentially enhance their investment portfolio. &amp;nbsp;The next obvious question is: why invest in alternative asset classes in the first place?&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:23:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/alternatives-part-of-investment-portfolio/</guid><category>Alternatives</category><category>Investments</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><category>Portfolio</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PShg0k6JGms/V35wJ4nrMPI/AAAAAAAAAbo/wah5z4M_v1Y9cp6-QYXtgdL9o3N5ksu-wCLcB/s1600/JPMEffFrontier.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Selling in Private Secondary Markets</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/selling-in-private-secondary-markets/</link><description>
Public market investors diversify their holdings for down-side protection or to rebalance their portfolio.  By buying and selling certain assets, investors can maintain their desired level of asset allocation and effectively manage their risk exposure.  These are not only common, but encouraged, diversification tools in public markets.  Yet, in private markets, the selling of private company securities is often stigmatized.  Why the disconnect?</description><author>sean.troy@equityzen.com (Sean Troy)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 May 2016 09:29:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/selling-in-private-secondary-markets/</guid><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2ZQkCLl5bv4/Vz29kSgPy2I/AAAAAAAACo8/uCHAlQcKEqwa0GtwixRc7bFrpI62dS7KgCKgB/s320/Selling%2BStock.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen Wins at the Fintech Innovation Awards</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-wins-at-fintech-innovation-awards/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;It is my pleasure to announce EquityZen as the 2016 recipient of the global Innovation in Wealth, Asset and Investment Management award at FinTech Innovation Awards held in London on April 13, 2016! There was an extensive list of companies, culled worldwide, considered and nominated for the award. We are proud to be among such innovative and impressive companies.&lt;/p&gt;</description><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Danielle Sandler</dc:creator><pubDate>Wed, 04 May 2016 16:58:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-wins-at-fintech-innovation-awards/</guid><category>Fintech</category><category>Award</category><category>Startup</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LZUp_qar1nI/V8Re2KHdMfI/AAAAAAAAC90/QQR_k8xWs2oYo8ay1GhQTw-GT3cpUEguACLcB/s400/Fintech%2BInnovation%2BAwards.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Q&amp;A: Dave McClure of 500 Startups on the State of Private Markets</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-a-dave-mcclure-state-of-private-markets/</link><description>Looking back at the first quarter of 2016, the public equity markets have been defined by a fair amount of volatility, and have followed a “V” shape, ending the quarter close to the levels at which is started.  At the same time, mid-stage private technology companies are focusing on “revenue and profitability” instead of just “growth and capital raising”. Amidst all of the reasonable caution, there is opportunity. In order to investigate these recent market trends, and in order to try and understand what may lie ahead, EquityZen is starting a series of interviews with informed professionals in the private, venture-backed industry.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:45:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/q-a-dave-mcclure-state-of-private-markets/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Startups</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>IPO</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><category>Valuation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZHbMZJnAdYQ/Vxfo-sskz7I/AAAAAAAAGEs/mggkiCqYv4Qq-iPGBl7k9mNazj21e54bACK4B/s400/dave%2Bmcclure.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Profiling the Average Tech Company at IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/profiling-the-average-tech-company-at-ipo/</link><description>Since our last analysis in July 2015, we revisit what the average company looks like at IPO.</description><author>alex.wang@equityzen.com (Alex Wang)</author><pubDate>Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:26:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/profiling-the-average-tech-company-at-ipo/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startups</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Unicorns</category><category>IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Y9YbXvraK9tMwIIdNHp2m27ID1CfGayJNVEbdnNfsjgYmywabp30v5PNgCgg4zhGs3KkUg9tm8qZ-n1u4ZnAYJLA4SSRDJjh3zz-ZQ9z0m96FDvU9NnqIiI86q7XnVHKKh4S8ouh"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SEC Voices Concern about "Eye-Popping" Startup Valuations</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-speech-startup-valuations/</link><description>Consider it an early warning, or maybe a gentle reminder from your friendly securities regulator. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Chair Mary Jo White came to the heart of Silicon Valley to deliver a speech at Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance on March 31, 2016, which touched on a variety of topics but was rather forthright in addressing startup valuations. Management and boards at late stage, or pre-IPO, companies are on notice that the SEC is paying attention to the late stage financing arena, and should look internally to ensure that corporate governance and financial controls are befitting their scale, and should also ensure the accuracy of the disclosures they make when raising funds.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Mon, 04 Apr 2016 16:50:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-speech-startup-valuations/</guid><category>Legal</category><category>SEC</category><category>Investor</category><category>Founder</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pEn9tMzAWG4/VwLSxmaqNnI/AAAAAAAACe8/rboR4G1H-WEVxER-e6xhzqMCHHsAck5Ew/s320/sec2.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen in a Nutshell: A letter from our CEO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-nutshell-letter-ceo/</link><description>In the past week, there has been some chatter in the media about shareholders and investors who are supposedly transacting on EquityZen’s platform. In order to provide additional context to the discourse, I thought I’d clarify some details about our platform.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:10:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-nutshell-letter-ceo/</guid><category>Company</category><category>EquityZen</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-9CfdvmF8REs/VvLOhri60cI/AAAAAAAAAQo/90B4G1e1Q0cf1awrZ6BoqCIZHO0y2lIaA/s1600/EQZ%2BLOGO%2BFINAL_PNG.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Cloud Services: Toughing the Winter Out?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/cloud-services-toughing-the-winter-out/</link><description>There has been much discussion around the currently unfavorable venture market conditions. As thoroughly discussed in our previous post, “A Down Market: When Liquidity Matters”, both public and private tech markets have been going through a tough time in recent months. Cloud services usually have relatively high scalability, high margins, and stable income streams. Traditionally, institutional investors are highly interested in this sector. In fact, venture capitalists indicated highest confidence in cloud services as shown in the 2015 Global Venture Capital Confidence Survey.
</description><author>alex.wang@equityzen.com (Alex Wang)</author><pubDate>Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:31:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/cloud-services-toughing-the-winter-out/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Cloud</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_7k355P8uzw/VuGGkuftgkI/AAAAAAAACY8/V3FDnR1BuHQ/s320/Cloud_services.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>From Finance to Tech: How to Pitch Yourself When Switching Careers</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/from-finance-to-tech/</link><description>There’s a changing of the guard in New York. The financial and professional upside of a career in banking, sales and trading, or most other roles in institutional finance has diminished in light of the Financial Crisis of ’08. Smaller bonuses. Increased regulation. Less risk appetite. Did I mention smaller bonuses?</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:58:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/from-finance-to-tech/</guid><category>Career</category><category>Employee</category><category>Startup</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5A1qxC-u4oY/Vth3L9tj0QI/AAAAAAAAAOI/HbBgDBGNa70/s400/Job_Security.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>A Down Market: When Liquidity Matters</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/down-market-when-liquidity-matters/</link><description>We've read throughout tech, mainstream, and social media about how we've hit "peak VC" and that the halcyon days of the Unicorn are coming to an end. Plenty of ink has been spilled on this topic, so I'll instead focus on how employees and early investors in startups should think about liquidity in a down market.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:22:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/down-market-when-liquidity-matters/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startups</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Unicorns</category><category>IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-nGjq59LWhgQ/Vs8bli3b-HI/AAAAAAAACVg/DTw1pQEgpvY/s640/JPM%2BUnicorn.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Pre-IPO Investment Opportunity in a Down Market</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-investment-opportunity-down-market/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Investing in a down market is tricky &amp;ndash; not necessarily because it is fundamentally more difficult than investing in an up market, but because, in many ways, making long investments after a correction goes against our human nature. Even novice investors know the mantra, &amp;ldquo;Buy low, sell high&amp;rdquo;, but where do you put your money without feeling the fear if the market goes down again the next day, week, or month? In this post, we discuss the opportunity presented by private company investments in a down market.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>alex.wang@equityzen.com (Alex Wang)</author><pubDate>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:18:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pre-ipo-investment-opportunity-down-market/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2w2TB9IX0DM/VsZqoa3kSnI/AAAAAAAACS0/izgPplimKrQ/s640/Altnerative%2BInvestments.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Major Tax Break for Startup Founders, Employees, and Investors Made Permanent</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/qsbs-tax-break/</link><description>A lot of great legislation has been pushed forward over the years in startup-landia. Some recently include the JOBS Act, Reg A+, and Congress' decision to widen the net on the definition of an accredited investor. All of these help to increase capital formation, promote long term investing and building new businesses. Most recently this year, buried in the nearly 900 page Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act, a new feature was made permanent in the Tax Code that has a deep impact on entrepreneurs, shareholders, and investors of private companies. It's Section 1202 of the Tax Code and deals with  Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS), and it could give you a 100% tax break on an specific investment. So, what do you need to know about QSBS?</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:49:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/qsbs-tax-break/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Tax</category><category>Startups</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lN5PazRa6l4/VrvAxpLZ06I/AAAAAAAACaI/UP1uk_ITwug/s320/equityzen_invest_tax_capital_gains.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Shareholder's Playbook: What to Know About Selling Your Shares</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-know-about-selling-you-shares/</link><description>So you’re working at the pre-IPO company of your dreams….but you need some immediate liquidity. You’ve heard of platforms like EquityZen that help private company shareholders get liquidity for their shares, and you want to understand more about how the process works. Then this is the blog post for you!</description><author>sharmila.achari@equityzen.com (Sharmila Achari)</author><pubDate>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:51:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-know-about-selling-you-shares/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><category>Sell</category><category>Equity</category><category>Liquidity</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xueaOe0NFu4/VrOBMrC9puI/AAAAAAAACOc/BIJPLrYpEFw/s1600/equityzen_sell_shares.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Investing in Alternatives Through Your Self-Directed IRA</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/investing-in-alternatives-through-your-self-directed-ira/</link><description>EquityZen has accepted investments through self-directed IRAs for some time, announcing our first partnership with Entrust in July 2014.  The reason for accepting these types of investments and promoting them for our users is simple; IRAs are retirement accounts with tax incentives, and investors might as well benefit from those tax incentives for investment purposes. It is interesting to note that some of the world’s wealthiest have used IRAs to invest in all sorts of investments with major tax incentives. Mitt Romney at one point reportedly had $102,000,000 in his IRA account. Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, co-founders of PayPal, are reported to have used their Roth IRAs for many alternative investment purposes, shielding them from having to pay taxes on the profits of those investments as long as they stay in their IRAs until the age of 59 ½.</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:52:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/investing-in-alternatives-through-your-self-directed-ira/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HwepmO5a6sM/VqjdBDjTsMI/AAAAAAAABhs/vqSlQyNlzWE/s320/equityzen_ira_alternatives.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Product Bling: EquityZen's Fresh New Features</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/product-bling-equityzen-new-features/</link><description>At EquityZen, we are constantly trying to improve the user experience for our clients.  We’ve come a long way already and automated a lot of antiquated processes that previously defined private transactions, but we believe there are always opportunities to make the process even more seamless. Core to our mission is building a technology-driven investment platform that provides investors with the information they need as soon as possible and makes the investment process much more efficient.</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:55:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/product-bling-equityzen-new-features/</guid><category>Product</category><category>Feature</category><category>Update</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-t4MJIFcN26k/VqE3SV_Ue5I/AAAAAAAAALY/E1m6_RNZu2E/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2016-01-21%2Bat%2B2.52.58%2BPM.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Top 10 Startups to Work for in 2016</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/top-ten-startups-to-work-for-2016/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;Tech startups are among the hottest places to work, due to the easy going culture, growth potential, and talented environment. As these companies are staying private for longer, startups have grown into companies full of opportunities. For 2016, EquityZen has compiled a list of the top 10 tech startups to work for.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>windy.feng.han@equityzen.com (Windy Feng Han)</author><pubDate>Thu, 14 Jan 2016 16:08:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/top-ten-startups-to-work-for-2016/</guid><category>Employee</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startup</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CVuBqh-owSU/WV54Lxx-3wI/AAAAAAAAAEw/SDZsbHnXoNgrUyO44SK0jCw8K3g8D6eOACEwYBhgL/s320/top%2B10%2Bstartups%2Bwork.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen: 2015 by the Numbers</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2015-by-the-numbers/</link><description>With 2015 officially in the rearview mirror, we wanted to take a few minutes to look back at what an amazing year it was for our company. Founded in June 2013, last year was our second full year in business and we are extremely proud of our growth and the overall activity on our platform. We thought it would be interesting and insightful to dig into the numbers on our platform to make some data-driven observations that may shed further light on a growing, and admittedly opaque, industry. Who's buying? What are they buying? And how much?</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:00:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/2015-by-the-numbers/</guid><category>EquityZen</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RCIDCfxqiSM/Vo09MhR-U5I/AAAAAAAABf4/ThLLHAdr4Uk/s1600/equityzen_2015_in_review.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Our Very Best of 2015</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/best-of-2015/</link><description>We have compiled our top content from 2015 and are sharing it, just in case you missed it previously or would like to review it with some additional perspective. Here are our five most popular pieces of content for 2015.</description><author>windy.feng.han@equityzen.com (Windy Feng Han)</author><pubDate>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:53:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/best-of-2015/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>IPO</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YRaGqh7fPhU/VoP8Dz1vOFI/AAAAAAAAAAc/I1QHKK4pAS4/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-12-30%2Bat%2B10.44.44%2BAM.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>With RAISE Act, Congress Paves Way for Private Secondary Markets</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/raise-act-private-secondary-markets/</link><description>I recently wrote a guest article for TechCrunch on a legal development which will impact the growth of secondary markets for private shares. On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed into law the FAST Act, which is mainly about transportation funding. Included within the FAST Act is a section, the Reforming Access for Investments in Startup Enterprises (“RAISE”) Act, which codifies a previously unwritten means through which startup employees, ex-employees, early investors, and other shareholders have been legally allowed to sell their shares. The passing of the RAISE Act is a major step towards the development of orderly and deep secondary markets for private shares, as it will create more transparency around the process and its legality, and it will lend legitimacy to these markets.  How this develops will impact all stakeholders—sellers of the shares, investors, the companies who issue the securities being bought and sold, and the service providers (full disclosure, I am a co-founder ofEquityZen, a platform that conducts secondary transactions in pre-IPO shares).</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:42:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/raise-act-private-secondary-markets/</guid><category>Legal</category><category>Regulatory</category><category>Investor</category><category>Employee</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8xKu0x2Z7DU/VnsFZP_mNeI/AAAAAAAACGY/b1uhV5uzQeM/s400/Congress.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Unicorns, Donkeys, and Late Stage Valuations - Are You Managing Your Portfolio Well? (Part 2)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/late-stage-valuations-unicorns-managing-your-portfolio-2/</link><description>The tech market has gone straight up. Here are some strategies to manage your portfolio if it takes a turn.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 10:48:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/late-stage-valuations-unicorns-managing-your-portfolio-2/</guid><category>Late Stage Valuation</category><category>Portfolio Management</category><category>Portfolio Balancing</category><category>Angel Investing</category><category>Startup Valuation</category><category>Unicorn</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-L0ACU397PKA/VmCZMzSkVrI/AAAAAAAABkY/xT5j7KkOg78/s400/portfolio%2Bmanagement%2Btheory.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Accel and Atlassian: Tech Monogamy at Its Best</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/accel-atlassian-ipo-tech-monogamy/</link><description>We explore Atlassian's funding history leading up to its IPO and how Accel become the sole Silicon Valley investor in the software company.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:32:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/accel-atlassian-ipo-tech-monogamy/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Investor</category><category>Accel</category><category>Path to IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZpGeTjzb0c4/VmnRGW3P24I/AAAAAAAABsE/4P6ctJ2PY_g/s320/accelatlassiantogether.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Unicorns, Donkeys, and Late Stage Valuations - Are You Managing Your Portfolio Well? (Part 1)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/late-stage-valuations-unicorns-managing-your-portfolio/</link><description>The tech market has gone straight up. Here are some strategies to manage your portfolio if it takes a turn. Part 1</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:12:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/late-stage-valuations-unicorns-managing-your-portfolio/</guid><category>Late Stage Valuation</category><category>Portfolio Management</category><category>Portfolio Balancing</category><category>Angel Investing</category><category>Startup Valuation</category><category>Unicorn</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QzbFT7cPoTM/VmCTs47MAAI/AAAAAAAABkI/fv5ilScOJek/s320/think%2Babout%2Bit.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>3 Things EquityZen Is Thankful For</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/3-things-equityzen-is-thankful-for/</link><description>As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States, we wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on 2015 and share three things we are thankful for here at EquityZen.  It’s been an exciting year for us!</description><author>ketan.bhalla@equityzen.com (Ketan Bhalla)</author><pubDate>Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:50:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/3-things-equityzen-is-thankful-for/</guid><category>EquityZen</category><category>Company</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AbYDtuI1NcU/VlXXOtQ-SaI/AAAAAAAAAHM/-IgBKjGFZMs/s320/thanksgiving.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Rights of Employees as Shareholders in a Startup</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/rights-of-employees-as-shareholders/</link><description>As with citizenship, in employment, it's important to understand your rights. In the startup world, employees have rights not only as employees, but also as shareholders, since they are typically paid in equity as well as cash. Further, much of an employee's net worth can be tied up in company stock, so it's all the more important to understand the rights that inhere to stock ownership. In this post, we discuss the general rights of employees as shareholders in the companies they work for.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:44:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/rights-of-employees-as-shareholders/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><category>Startup</category><category>Legal</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CRhiz4qa6Yg/VkzzmFDQ0DI/AAAAAAAAB94/vLtWMXNpyzQ/s400/bill_of_rights.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Square's S-1: Of Ratchets and Unicorn Valuations</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/square-s-1-ratchet-unicorn-valuations/</link><description>I recently wrote an article for TechCrunch on Square's IPO filing, a (not so little) investment protection known as a ratchet, and larger implications for how to think about Unicorn valuations. We often read about tech companies raising increasingly larger rounds at increasingly lofty valuations. Square's IPO filing, which is publicly available, gives us a peek into the details around private fundraises and the protections VCs get in these deals.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 16:31:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/square-s-1-ratchet-unicorn-valuations/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Square</category><category>IPO</category><category>Unicorn</category><category>Ratchet</category><category>Valuation</category><category>Startup</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6PeLbNdUAuk/VkOzhcx6ThI/AAAAAAAAB8c/0Qw07w5muNo/s320/square-ratchet.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>NASDAQ, SecondMarket, EquityZen, and Private Market Secondaries</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/nasdaq-secondmarket-equityzen-private-markets/</link><description>SecondMarket has built a great institution and led the first wave of secondary trades in private companies. Yet, the SecondMarket acquisition does not move the needle for the typical accredited investor. Their access to investing in later stage private companies is not improved at all. EquityZen is one of the only platforms that gets them a seat at the table to invest in mature private companies for as little as $20,000, and remains committed to democratizing access to this asset class. EquityZen remains focused on providing on-demand secondaries, further enhancing access and liquidity in the private markets. We are happy to see additional buy-in from leading a public market player like NASDAQ.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:17:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/nasdaq-secondmarket-equityzen-private-markets/</guid><category>Private Market</category><category>Secondmarket</category><category>Nasdaq</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qi5ukmNUIdQ/Ud8VQhp4ecI/AAAAAAAAAEw/yqAPxVa7PhA/s1600/EZLogoCover.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Pure Storage: The Path to IPO ($PSTG)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pure-storage-path-to-ipo/</link><description>Pure Storage, a flash-storage company backed by venture investors Sutter Hill, Greylock Partners, Index Ventures, and Tiger Global, started trading on the public markets yesterday. As we've done in the past, we took a look and visualized how pre-IPO investors did.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:54:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/pure-storage-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>Path to IPO</category><category>IPO</category><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Startup</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-X_USf5L78g8/VhUmaLbxkRI/AAAAAAAABgc/00dH-2662Dg/s640/equityzen-purestorage.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Announcing EquityZen's Venture Capital Glossary</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/venture-capital-glossary/</link><description>Burn rate. Right of First Refusal. Drag along. For anyone who is impacted by the venture capital and startup industry--founders, employees, investors--it's crucial to understand the lingo. Many of the terms thrown around are technical legalese or just plain old industry jargon. Either way, they matter. We have complied a robust glossary to help you navigate these terms as they come up in your professional journey.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:57:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/venture-capital-glossary/</guid><category>Glossary</category><category>Startup</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Knowledge</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m_BTWvz-c7Q/VfmUd7sIOqI/AAAAAAAAByU/t4nNEET6InI/s400/Glossary%2BShot%2B1.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Predicting the Pure Storage IPO with Data</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/predicting-pure-storage-ipo-with-data/</link><description>Pure Storage, a flash-storage company backed by venture investors Greylock, Index Ventures, and Tiger Global, filed its S-1 with the SEC on August 12th, 2015, indicating their plans for an Initial Public Offering (IPO). An S-1 filing is usually the first detailed glimpse into a company's financials, and is required before a company sells stock to the public and trades on a national stock exchange. We at EquityZen wanted to take a look at what the company's IPO might look like.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:50:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/predicting-pure-storage-ipo-with-data/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>IPO</category><category>Pure Storage</category><category>Valuation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qmW2ghKtDeM/VehRPrEvxTI/AAAAAAAABvc/XuSGqMNm5Q8/s640/Pure%2BStorage%2BIPO.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Option Exercise Checklist for Founders</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/option-exercise-checklist/</link><description>So you've made the leap and founded a company. Awesome. You've incorporated and got your corporate starter kit in order (bylaws, stock plan, forms of equity docs, etc.). Sweet. Most importantly, you've convinced talented people to join you on this wild ride to build something amazing. Hearty congrats. Now it's been a year and your first hires, the ones who helped you ship your MVP and gain traction, are exercising their options. We recently experienced this at EquityZen, and while it's incredibly fulfilling to see your team members excited about exercising their options and owning their shares, it's also a bit daunting. Here's a checklist--based on our experience--to make sure you're covering your bases for the company and your employees.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:56:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/option-exercise-checklist/</guid><category>Founder</category><category>Startup</category><category>Legal</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UVhE4YtnH1o/Vd-E5ZBRIHI/AAAAAAAABsQ/HuRp3-aYBrM/s1600/checklist.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>What To Research Before Investing In a Private Company: The Investment Risks (Part IV)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-4/</link><description>This is the fourth and final installment in our series on making a private secondary investment (Parts I, II, and III are available here, here, and here). This week, we'll discuss Investment Risks.

As eager as you may be to pull the trigger and make secondary investments, we urge you to consider some of the risks of any investment. We'll cover them in detail below.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:30:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-4/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Company</category><category>Education</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1s6u6oSLvIw/VuNGLz8CscI/AAAAAAAAAP8/vWmOdoW9fUcm0xEtECzKMoP7EiADJz6gg/s1600/Risks_1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Unicorns, Dinosaurs &amp; the Elephant in the Room - An Update on the Tech Animal Kingdom</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/update-tech-animal-kingdom/</link><description>Unicorns are the Kings of the new Jungle age and are being actively hunted [in this case by Venture Capitalists and not dentists]. In this post we’ll run through an update on the ‘Tech Animal Kingdom’ with new developments for Unicorns ($1Bn+ private companies), Dinosaurs (older public companies) and the Elephant in the room.</description><author>vedant.suri@equityzen.com (Vedant Suri)</author><pubDate>Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:31:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/update-tech-animal-kingdom/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Fundraising</category><category>IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i5-WiyPvhME/VeWsgWS9THI/AAAAAAAABtk/A7ukZH36BmM/s400/unicorn%2Beating%2Bcash.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>What To Research Before Investing In a Private Company: The Investment Structure (Part III)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-3/</link><description>This is the third installment in our series on making a private secondary investments (Part I is available here and Part II is available here). This week, we'll discuss Investment Structure.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:30:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-3/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Company</category><category>Education</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mm1r3MFN0L0/VuMPObdrI9I/AAAAAAAAAPs/yhp3rkFVX24lMdgir94NdkPoJQjf_sfRQ/s1600/Structure_1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Week In Charts: 8.14.15</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/week-in-charts-8-14-15/</link><description>We curate the most interesting charts relating to venture, tech, startups, and other areas from the past week.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:14:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/week-in-charts-8-14-15/</guid><category>Startup</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Tech</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SMNLoTnysNY/Vc5z4IiQtuI/AAAAAAAABo4/yJa6Rd7mBrc/s640/35%2BYears%2Bof%2BUS%2BTech%2BFunding.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>But When Will They Go Public? A Profile of the Average Company at IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/company-at-ipo/</link><description>A company’s initial public offering is an exciting time for all parties involved; employees and founders bring their hard work to the public markets, financiers and investors unlock their years-long investments, and the curtain is finally lifted on the company’s detailed financials.</description><author>russell.lange@equityzen.com (Russell Lange)</author><pubDate>Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:09:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/company-at-ipo/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Shareholder</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-diyfWuTNk7U/VeWy8CpmL0I/AAAAAAAABuI/KDjbmjXPu1k/s320/nasdaq-1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>What To Research Before Investing In a Private Company: The Current Investors (Part II)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-2/</link><description>This is the second installment discussing what you should research before making a private secondary investment. This week, we'll talk about Current Investors.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 17:30:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-2/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Company</category><category>Education</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eVyrFWvrIeE/VuMMMFFqVgI/AAAAAAAAAPg/0LCiEGK4uAkzwbxkEzn_NuQ49uil_vfXQ/s1600/Investors_1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Week in Charts</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/the-week-in-charts/</link><description>We've curated below a series of poignant charts from the last week.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:36:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/the-week-in-charts/</guid><category>Venture Funding</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-o4J-VZXVLik/VcJwaCcHbHI/AAAAAAAABk4/PXYQQdDLGik/s1600/Fed%2BFunds%2BFutures%2BDrop.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>What To Research Before Investing In a Private Company: Financials and Metrics (Part I)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-1/</link><description>This will be the first installment in a series of educational pieces that discuss what you should research before making a private secondary investment. This week, we'll talk about Financials and Metrics.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:30:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-to-research-before-investing-1/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Company</category><category>Education</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-K7mbiScI7hM/VuMKepshd9I/AAAAAAAAAPU/fP_3_YI6gg4UWCQmquwTNcV1byPGtFoUQ/s1600/Financials_1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Holy Grail: Tracking Top Venture Capital Returns</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tracking-venture-capital-returns/</link><description>Research firms like Cambridge Associates and Thomson Reuters regularly release benchmark statistics in the venture capital and private equity space which give us an indication of target returns, but what we really want are the numbers from specific venture capital funds to see who has that next Facebook.  So here at EquityZen, we’ve been trying to figure out a way to identify and compare the returns of top performing venture capital funds – something we informally like to call the Holy Grail.</description><author>vivian.guo@equityzen.com (Vivian Guo)</author><pubDate>Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:51:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/tracking-venture-capital-returns/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>IRR</category><category>Venture Return</category><category>Unicorn</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mkfsA6Lxp6o/Vemq4pbNWmI/AAAAAAAABwA/SFsWnoGlMlA/s320/holy%2Bgrail.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Revisiting the Vesting Schedule</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/revisiting-the-vesting-schedule/</link><description>Silicon Valley gave birth to (among many other things) the practice of granting employees equity as part of their compensation package. This practice began nearly fifty years ago with the spawn of companies like Hewlett-Packard. However, the terms of earning your equity over time have remained largely unchanged. Today we want to revisit the nearly universal “4 year vest with a 1 year cliff.” This common vesting schedule means that you earn your equity grant evenly over 4 years, except none of it is yours until you’ve passed your one year mark. A lot has changed in Silicon Valley and beyond over the years. Let’s take a look at why this vesting schedule exists, what’s changed, and how it has been impacted.</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:10:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/revisiting-the-vesting-schedule/</guid><category>Equity</category><category>Vesting</category><category>Options</category><category>Compensation</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/--DmPxNnWAwM/VakOqTRKzVI/AAAAAAAAAq8/wTvO_BSj9RY/s320/equityzen_vesting_schedule.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Introducing Our All New My Investments Page</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/my-investments-page/</link><description>At EquityZen, we understand that transactions in the secondary market can be tedious at times. We are constantly trying to make that process simpler, faster, and more transparent. Recently we have updated the "My Investments" page, to give more clarity on the status of the deal, showcase key numbers related to this deal, and highlight any actions required on your part. Let's take a look.</description><dc:creator xmlns:dc="http://purl.org/dc/elements/1.1/">Zhi+An Ng</dc:creator><pubDate>Sun, 12 Jul 2015 14:18:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/my-investments-page/</guid><category>Product</category><category>Feature</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oXdMwP46I0c/VaKyZ49RPkI/AAAAAAAABgA/HIEysVmVpf0/s1600/in%2Bprogres.PNG"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>But What Does It Do? A Summary of 5 Disruptive Technology Companies</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/-summary-of-five-disruptive-technology-companies/</link><description>When a company disrupts a sector, it’s usually due to an innovative technology. But innovation often brings complexity, and therefore confusion, to a potential investor in that business. Here I attempt to offer up a top-level explanation of five “tech-heavy” companies and their core product, in layman’s terms.</description><author>sterling.vitcov@equityzen.com (Sterling Vitcov)</author><pubDate>Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:14:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/-summary-of-five-disruptive-technology-companies/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Startup</category><category>Technology</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-RwxaI48VqcM/VYsBY-l13lI/AAAAAAAABck/wyS9_xTwYEg/s320/Servers.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Fitbit: Path to IPO [Infographic]</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/fitbit-path-to-ipo/</link><description>In what has been a slow jog for technology IPOs in 2015, wearable fitness tracker Fitbit plans to sprint out of the gates with a $790 million offering. As we've made a habit of doing, EquityZen ran the numbers behind the company's success, and tracked the returns for Fitbit's early investors. A few venture capital investors stand to earn a healthy return on investment, as seen below:</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:09:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/fitbit-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Wearable</category><category>Valuation</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CqIhpDlteY8/VYILIZ64gnI/AAAAAAAABQU/lH2oHetgXN4/s1600/fitbit_new.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Eight Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Startup Job Offer (Part 2)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/questions-to-ask-before-accepting-startup-job-offer-part-2/</link><description>Equity, as a component of total compensation, matters a lot at startups, so it's important to get it right. You should definitely have some notion of the future prospects of the company, as a lot of your compensation will be tied to its success (via stock). This determination is inherently subjective and nebulous. However, there are other tangible facts you can ascertain if you ask the right questions. Last week, we covered some basic distinctions between working at startups and corporations, and identified some important questions to ask when negotiating your compensation. We continue that list of must-ask questions below.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Tue, 09 Jun 2015 10:51:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/questions-to-ask-before-accepting-startup-job-offer-part-2/</guid><category>Startup</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><category>Equity</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-YvjxdW25X2U/VXCjQiHxlQI/AAAAAAAABYg/0FhnZwxGKZU/s1600/negotiating-comp.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Eight Questions to Ask Before Accepting a Startup Job Offer (Part 1)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/questions-to-ask-before-accepting-offer-part-1/</link><description>Technology start-ups today offer exciting career opportunities. Below is the first half of a two-part guide to help you navigate the all-important equity package in your start-up job offer. </description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:14:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/questions-to-ask-before-accepting-offer-part-1/</guid><category>Employee</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startup</category><category>Equity</category><category>Job Offer</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/--w8sheoztKo/VXCqfWhBT7I/AAAAAAAABA4/dwNQD0ufx9U/s320/negotiating-comp.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Mary Meeker's Internet Trends Report 2015</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/mary-meeker-internet-trends-report-2015/</link><description>Former Wall Street tech stock analyst turned VC (at Kleiner Perkins) recently published Internet Trends - 2015, her annual observations on the internet and the things to get excited about coming down the pike.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Sat, 30 May 2015 16:14:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/mary-meeker-internet-trends-report-2015/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Investing</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hN1TKc5flSQ/VWocXuX24iI/AAAAAAAABW8/Gd4lFYXchfw/s400/Internet-Trends-2015.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Shopify: The Path to IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/shopify-path-to-ipo/</link><description>Shopify, an online payments and commerce platform, concluded their IPO this morning and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange at a $1.26 billion valuation. From three founders operating out of Ottawa to 632 employees providing services on a global scale, Shopify has achieved extraordinary growth.</description><author>russell.lange@equityzen.com (Russell Lange)</author><pubDate>Thu, 21 May 2015 18:55:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/shopify-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LlM-22Ru6H4/VgrdzHZ8vsI/AAAAAAAAAAw/7lRkz3156I4/s1600/Shopify%2BPath%2Bto%2BIPO.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen's Guide to Investing in Pre-IPO Tech Companies</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/guide-to-investing-in-pre-ipo-tech-companies/</link><description>Are you new to secondary investing in private companies? It can be a daunting but ultimately rewarding asset class to invest in. We’ll cover a variety of topics to consider when investing.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Fri, 15 May 2015 12:24:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/guide-to-investing-in-pre-ipo-tech-companies/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Investing</category><category>Pre-IPO</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GSnAg_O46hg/VW8HBAnE-sI/AAAAAAAABNk/h2PGUTyRxX8/s320/treasuremap.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Why Founder Lane Becker Was "Washed Out" of the Get Satisfaction Sale</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/lane-becker-get-satisfaction-sale-liquidation-preference/</link><description>Lane Becker, co-founder of Get Satisfaction, a community building platform between companies and customers, made waves on Twitter a few weeks back when he reacted candidly to congratulatory tweets about Get Satisfaction's acquisition by Sprinklr. As you see from the tweet above, he didn't see any financial return on the deal. This despite the fact that Get Satisfaction had raised a $10 million Series B round from leading VCs at a $50 million valuation in 2011. Why did he get washed out?</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:43:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/lane-becker-get-satisfaction-sale-liquidation-preference/</guid><category>Liquidation Preference</category><category>Acquisition</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Founder</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-4FktT4Fd2MM%2FVUJGsMkedzI%2FAAAAAAAABMg%2FRGc4frqNkYk%2Fs1600%2FLane%252BBecker%252BTweet%252B1.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen Covers PreMoney Miami: The Future of Venture Capital</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-covers-premoney-miami-future-of-venture-capital/</link><description>Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the sharpest minds in venture capital at PreMoney Miami organized by 500Startups . The atmosphere was abuzz – with facts, opinions, and everything in between – surrounding the future of venture capital.

VC and its rapid evolution is a topic EquityZen follows closely; not only are we venture/law/tech geeks, but also because thousands of accredited investors on our platform are curious of latest developments in the private technology market.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:55:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-covers-premoney-miami-future-of-venture-capital/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>500 Startups</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TGMns0v64P4/VTauH3Bxy5I/AAAAAAAAA4I/KVVC8RWmrck/s1600/equityzen%252Bcovers%252Bpremoney%252Bfuture%252Bof%252Bventure%252Bcapital.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Etsy: The Path to IPO (Infographic)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/etsy-path-to-ipo/</link><description>On April 16th, Etsy, the marketplace for eclectic retailers, will hit the public markets at a $1.8 billion valuation. So, how did it get there? We break down the early investors and how they did in the IPO.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:47:56 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/etsy-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>Etsy</category><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-BQr7Up7NTCQ%2FVS8F1H2U8SI%2FAAAAAAAABIU%2Fou5IP_zITp0%2Fs1600%2Fetsy1.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble: A Collection of Bubble Commentary</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/collection-of-tech-bubble-commentary/</link><description>There's been a lot of talk about a tech bubble. It started in earnest about a year ago, as public tech stocks (and the Nasdaq) took a hit, and Box's IPO went into purgatory. Since that time, the Nasdaq has recovered, private valuations have risen across stages, and, yes, Box went public. We thought it would be useful to have a single collection of all the major discussion pieces around the tech bubble in one place. So here you go...</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:05:47 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/collection-of-tech-bubble-commentary/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Bubble</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-mZOY67YBGQE%2FVSxfVyKCyXI%2FAAAAAAAABJ4%2FSXUEqR5EntQ%2Fs1600%2Ftech-bubble.jpeg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Top 10 Private Tech Companies to Work For</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/top-10-private-tech-companies-to-work-for/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;There&amp;rsquo;s no question that we&amp;rsquo;re now in the age of the billion-dollar tech startup. Unicorns like Airbnb and Uber are filling the ranks of companies reaching unprecedented valuations well north of a billion dollars. Aside from the in-house foosball tables and catered lunches, there&amp;rsquo;s a lot to gain from working at these great &amp;ldquo;startups.&amp;rdquo; We at EquityZen have compiled a list of the top ten tech companies to work for, taking into consideration factors like company culture, growth, and market opportunity.&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>thi.ho@equityzen.com (Thi Ho)</author><pubDate>Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:56:35 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/top-10-private-tech-companies-to-work-for/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kkVdbT8k9p4/WV5_VXMFJjI/AAAAAAAAAFE/WhGGGpb_GoE7PnVu7JGRq6POu3LQB1i8gCLcBGAs/s1600/10%2Bprivate%2Btech%2Bwork%2Bfor.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Regulatory Alert: Regulation A+ and What It Means For Startups</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/regulation-a-plus-what-it-means-for-startups/</link><description>The SEC voted yesterday to adopt final rules for amendments to Regulation A, referred to informally as Regulation A+, making relevant a capital raising tool that had long grown dusty on the shelf of deal structures. Think of Regulation A+ as "IPO Lite", allowing companies to raise up to $50 million with disclosure and ongoing reporting requirements that are less burdensome than a full-blown IPO. However, a Regulation A+ offering will require a bit more from the company than a Rule 506(b) private placement, the most common way for startups to raise money. So where will Regulation A+ fit into the landscape? We offer up some preliminary thoughts.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:58:59 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/regulation-a-plus-what-it-means-for-startups/</guid><category>Regulation</category><category>SEC</category><category>JOBS Act</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-Z_WOGPR0JDY%2FVRSXIhDtnRI%2FAAAAAAAABGw%2FyX212lxFzt4%2Fs1600%2FSEC.jpeg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Differences in Private and Public Investment: AppDynamics vs. New Relic</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/private-public-investment-difference-app-dynamics-new-relic/</link><description>Accredited investors that are new to the startup and angel-investing world often ask "what's the difference in investing in a private company compared to buying public stock?" The short answer is, a lot. Items to consider include the following: Liquidity, Type of Stock, Available Information, Comparable Metrics, Opportunity Cost. To bring this analysis to life, I'll look at two rivaling startups, AppDynamics (private) and New Relic (public).</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:18:37 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/private-public-investment-difference-app-dynamics-new-relic/</guid><category>New Relic</category><category>AppDynamics</category><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F3.bp.blogspot.com%2F-TiNQ-94_GTk%2FVRQ5kRKMlnI%2FAAAAAAAABGY%2Ft9m138F2Hcw%2Fs1600%2Fpublic-private.jpg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Lyft: The Path to $2.5 Billion Unicorn</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/Lyft-The-Path-to-2-5-Billion-Unicorn/</link><description>On the heels of Lyft's recent $530 million financing from Rakuten, we've put together the history of Lyft's fundraising and valuation. Uber's fast-growing competitor is now valued at $2.5 billion, which still puts it in the shadow of Uber (currently valued north of $40 billion), but perhaps offers its investors a nice value proposition? Nonetheless, a half-billion dollar war chest should help Lyft expand into other markets domestically and internationally.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:56:14 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/Lyft-The-Path-to-2-5-Billion-Unicorn/</guid><category>Lyft</category><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="https://dioguwdgf472v.cloudfront.net/blog/img/lyft.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Considerations for Your Startup Equity Compensation (Part 2)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/considerations-for-your-startup-equity-compensation-part-2/</link><description>&lt;p&gt;So we're stepping back to talk about how startups award equity and what you should consider when evaluating startup job opportunities. In Part 1, we looked at the major factors that affect your ownership stake, upside potential, and the riskiness of your equity compensation. Now we&amp;rsquo;ll look at some numbers to demonstrate both how your equity package is determined and what it might be worth. So you&amp;rsquo;ve received an offer from a startup (or are hoping for one) with a salary and some number of &amp;ldquo;options&amp;rdquo; for your equity grant. So from what hat did they pull that equity number?&lt;/p&gt;</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:33:54 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/considerations-for-your-startup-equity-compensation-part-2/</guid><category>Startup Compensation</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9PkpaBRLNzU/WC3Y-KdKOiI/AAAAAAAAAn4/rOlpcN90UnUGtw9YNXSmKo0iQptJlBi1gCLcB/s1600/coins.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Considerations for Your Startup Equity Compensation (Part 1)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/considerations-for-your-startup-equity-compensation-part-1/</link><description>Here at EquityZen, we talk a lot about startup compensation and the nuances of it all (ISOs Vs. NSOs Vs. RSUs? The AMT Tax?). However, I wanted to step back and provide a more general look at how startups award equity and what you should consider when looking at startup job opportunities. This will be broken into two parts, with the first talking generally about how equity compensation is divided among employees and the factors that weigh in. The second will give some numerical examples and guidelines for examining or anticipating your startup compensation based on those factors.</description><author>nat.disston@equityzen.com (Nat Disston)</author><pubDate>Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:55:11 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/considerations-for-your-startup-equity-compensation-part-1/</guid><category>Startup Compensation</category><category>Shareholder</category><category>Employee</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6s0EhPHyf44/VPexBqsJdDI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/Hx0DzQrhpfw/s1600/equityzen-equity-compensation-what-to-consider-in-a-startup-offer.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen CEO Talks Pre-IPO Investing on Fox Business News</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-ceo-pre-ipo-investing-fox-business-news/</link><description>EquityZen CEO Atish Davda discuss pre-IPO investing on Fox Business News. He discusses how EquityZen provides access to investments in tech companies before their IPO and the filters EquityZen applies to investment opportunities available on the platform.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:11:31 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-ceo-pre-ipo-investing-fox-business-news/</guid><category>Fox Business News</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>EquityZen</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F--SZx20tUxwI%2FVO8zOiDSlrI%2FAAAAAAAABCA%2FjNAMD7taRx4%2Fs1600%2FAtish%252BFBN%252B2.24.15%252BScreenshot.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Secondary Markets Are Deeper Than Ever</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/secondary-pre-ipo-markets-deeper-than-ever/</link><description>A discussion of the increasing depth in secondary markets for pre-IPO investments.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:51:54 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/secondary-pre-ipo-markets-deeper-than-ever/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Secondary Market</category><media:thumbnail url=""></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Box: The Path to IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/box-path-to-ipo/</link><description>As we've previously done with Twitter and LendingClub, we've dug through the numbers to bring you Box's (shaky) path to IPO. Here is our breakdown of how the venture investors have done, as well as key executives (ahem, Aaron Levie) and directors.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:28:15 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/box-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>Box</category><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FhGdTVYCeI4/VMQoCwZ67KI/AAAAAAAAA-E/I6E1xvv63E0/s1600/box-path-to-ipo-FINAL.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Why Venture Backed Companies Are Waiting Longer to Go Public</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/why-venture-backed-companies-are-delaying-IPO/</link><description>Originally published on Forbes, this post discusses by tech companies are delaying IPO </description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Fri, 26 Dec 2014 08:42:29 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/why-venture-backed-companies-are-delaying-IPO/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Regulation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-rz-ObF-Ki1g%2FVJ1kiknNMvI%2FAAAAAAAAA4c%2FwDubvrrMw8g%2Fs1600%2FPitchbook%252BImage%252Bfor%252BIPO%252BDelay%252BPiece.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Think Angel Investing = Seed Investing? You're Missing Out.</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/angel-investing-is-more-than-seed-investing/</link><description>How to improve your venture portfolio with later stage companies</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:33:16 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/angel-investing-is-more-than-seed-investing/</guid><category>Investor</category><category>Secondary Market</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Angel Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pqi4-MJyHiI/VIYkANybsZI/AAAAAAAAArk/46-Q331lf0o/s1600/getty_115621496_970647970450094_45536.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Breaking Down Friday's Big Data IPOs: Hortonworks and New Relic</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hortonworks-hadoop-ipo-breakdown/</link><description>Guest contributor Lior Ronen discusses the Hortonworks and New Relic IPOs, including that they have priced below their last venture valuations. </description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:38:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hortonworks-hadoop-ipo-breakdown/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Hortonworks</category><category>New Relic</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-FyF1y3r5J6w%2FVIsV7MQjcSI%2FAAAAAAAAA28%2Fv-Gx470DCeI%2Fs1600%2FLior%252B1.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Learning from Fab and Aereo: Liquidity Matters</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/learning-from-fab-and-aereo-liquidity-matters/</link><description>Lessons startup employees and founders should learn from epic rise and fall of Fab and Aereo.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:41:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/learning-from-fab-and-aereo-liquidity-matters/</guid><category>Aereo</category><category>Fab</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EweK6DHcupk/VIc8JQ7TZSI/AAAAAAAAA2E/K1YeRcNydl8/s1600/Aereo%2BFab%2BPost%2BImage.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>LendingClub: The Path to IPO</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/lending-club-path-to-ipo/</link><description>Infographic tracking LendingClub's IPO and the returns early investors made.</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:40:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/lending-club-path-to-ipo/</guid><category>Lending Club</category><category>Path to IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><media:thumbnail url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-crqXAPbmrsc/VIjqeRcl5II/AAAAAAAACP0/A63Poqd4ylM/s1600/EZ_LendingClub-Path-to-IPO.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Young Startup Edition: Building an Incredible Founding Team</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/building-an-incredible-founding-team/</link><description>Tips on building an incredible founding team</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:42:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/building-an-incredible-founding-team/</guid><category>Founder</category><category>Young Startup Edition</category><media:thumbnail url="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iqfGOY05i40/VIY2CouA_oI/AAAAAAAAAr0/u7_WRzzltJ4/s1600/how-find-the-perfect-co-founder.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Announcing the Launch of My Investments</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/announcing-launch-of-my-investments/</link><description>EquityZen launches My Investments making it easier for investors on our platform to track their deal progress from signing a term sheet to receiving final closing documents. </description><author>adam.paschke@equityzen.com (Adam Paschke)</author><pubDate>Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:45:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/announcing-launch-of-my-investments/</guid><category>EquityZen</category><media:thumbnail url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ThxJRXTpTEA/VHNecPKfrLI/AAAAAAAACOs/fK2s35FpbVc/s1600/my_investments1.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Hadoop and Crowd-based Lending: What We've Learned from Last Week's Tech IPOs</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hadoop-p2p-lending-ipo/</link><description>Dissecting the IPOs of Hadoop and Crowd-Based lending platforms</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:47:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hadoop-p2p-lending-ipo/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Crowdfunding</category><category>Big Data</category><media:thumbnail url=""></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Young Startup Edition: 8 Hacks for Better Email Management</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hacks-for-better-email-management/</link><description>Tips for better email management</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:49:00 -0500</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/hacks-for-better-email-management/</guid><category>Email</category><category>Young Startup Edition</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6WOOQYTzsuM/VGI89gC9xqI/AAAAAAAAApc/Hb-da92BHPg/s400/mailbox-app-1.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Is Buffer's Series A a Paradigm Shift in Fundraising?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/buffer-series-a/</link><description>Dissecting Buffer's Series A</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:51:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/buffer-series-a/</guid><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Buffer</category><category>Fundraising</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-r2MEJp3rRUk%2FVFJiE3ee3bI%2FAAAAAAAAAyc%2FnG4SX0kj5DY%2Fs1600%2Fbuffer%252Blogo.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>What You Need to Know About Stock Options, Pay Packages, and What You're Really Getting Offered</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-stock-options/</link><description>Understanding equity compensation: stock options, pay packages etc.</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:53:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-stock-options/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startup Compensation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-f5VwEE6Zemw/VEp6qNDWMJI/AAAAAAAAAoM/GAU6pZDKTKY/s1600/Inc.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Young Startup Edition: How Should You Split Equity Among Co-Founders?</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/how-to-split-equity-among-founders/</link><description>Tips on how to split equity among co-founders</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:55:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/how-to-split-equity-among-founders/</guid><category>Young Startup Edition</category><category>Founder</category><category>Startup Compensation</category><media:thumbnail url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-XZeT5zmQ-Y8/VCnZo4wf_xI/AAAAAAAAAm4/Z_2qG9qYbW0/s1600/piesplitting.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>General Solicitation One Year On</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/general-solicitation-one-year-anniversary/</link><description>The practical implications of SEC lifting its 80-year old ban on general solicitation.</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:56:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/general-solicitation-one-year-anniversary/</guid><category>Regulation</category><category>General Solicitation</category><category>SEC</category><media:thumbnail url=""></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>The Metrics Required for Raising a Series A Round</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/metrics-required-for-series-a/</link><description>Metrics Required for Raising a Series A Round</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:57:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/metrics-required-for-series-a/</guid><category>Fundraising</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Founder</category><category>Series A</category><media:thumbnail url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p0btFzQzvx8/VBnpQsWHQQI/AAAAAAAAAuA/uRruwVQaFuU/s1600/Up%2Band%2Bto%2Bthe%2BRight%2BChart.jpg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Too Much of a Good Thing: Side Effects of Equity Over Incentivization</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/side-effects-of-equity-over-incentivization/</link><description>Analyzing the side effects of incentive over-exposrue</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:26:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/side-effects-of-equity-over-incentivization/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Startup Compensation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Wr6Oaxcuo4/UiX4lgrXnpI/AAAAAAAAALI/P5cdzf7SZ9o/s320/HBR+-+Harvard+Business+Review.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>Uber's Growth Strategy: Jobs! (Interactive Graphic)</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/uber-growth-strategy/</link><description>Understanding Uber's growth strategy</description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:59:00 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/uber-growth-strategy/</guid><category>Uber</category><category>Investor</category><category>Startup Compensation</category><media:thumbnail url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-aPcWagFWy2E/VADJsVYFdXI/AAAAAAAAArM/w5BgaWYuAI4/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-29%2Bat%2B2.42.27%2BPM.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>2014 H1: Tech IPO Review</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/H1-2014-IPO-Review/</link><description>Analysis of the US Tech IPO market</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:06:54 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/H1-2014-IPO-Review/</guid><category>IPO</category><category>Investor</category><category>Tech Stock</category><category>Startup</category><media:thumbnail url="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F1.bp.blogspot.com%2F-FDkEitniDV0%2FU_udG7lCWGI%2FAAAAAAAAAmY%2FL0p9iavlh-c%2Fs1600%2FChart.jpeg&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen Visits DreamIt's Summer Class, Shares Tricks on Incentivizing Employees Effectively</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-visits-dreamit-shares-tricks/</link><description>EquityZen presents to DreamIt's Summer Class on equity compensation for startups</description><author>atish@equityzen.com (Atish Davda)</author><pubDate>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:49:00 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-0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/Quora-Answers-8-14-14/</guid><category>Shareholder</category><category>Investor</category><category>Venture Capital</category><category>Quora</category><media:thumbnail url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-SeqGp9HCczw/U-1NQu8JOYI/AAAAAAAAAkA/QVwunOEGJZc/s1600/Quora.jpeg"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>EquityZen Now Accepts Investment From Tax-Advantaged Self-Directed IRAs</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityzen-accepts-investments-from-self-directed-iras/</link><description>EquityZen is proud to announce that it now accepts investments from tax-advantaged, self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA). </description><author>phil@equityzen.com (Phil Haslett)</author><pubDate>Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:04:19 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-0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/equityZen-launches-investment-platform-for-established-private-companies/</guid><category>EquityZen</category><category>Investor</category><media:thumbnail url="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qi5ukmNUIdQ/Ud8VQhp4ecI/AAAAAAAAAEs/psCmvpDL6_Y/s400/EZLogoCover.png"></media:thumbnail></item><item><title>SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation of Private Offerings</title><link>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-lifts-ban-on-general-solicitation-of-private-offerings/</link><description>Impact of SEC lifting the ban on General Solicitation of Private Offerings</description><author>shriram@equityzen.com (Shriram Bhashyam)</author><pubDate>Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:03:44 -0400</pubDate><guid>https://equityzen.com/knowledge-center/blog/sec-lifts-ban-on-general-solicitation-of-private-offerings/</guid><category>SEC</category><category>General 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