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How to make sense of your startup employee stock option package

How to make sense of your startup employee stock option package

For early-stage startups, offering employee stock options can be a key part of attracting and keeping key talent. A stock option is an agreement that gives an employee the right to buy shares in the company at a discounted rate. For the employee on the receiving end, making sense of a complex, jargon-heavy stock option offer can be daunting. Given…

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Growth Stacking: How to split equity with a business partner

Growth Stacking: How to split equity with a business partner

Dan Martell is someone whose work I follow closely. If you’re new to Martell’s work, the Canadian-born entrepreneur and angel investor produces a seemingly endless stream of quality content – all aimed at entrepreneurs carving their way. Having launched two companies of my own, Martell’s wisdom and advice has been an invaluable resource for me. If you’re after an introduction…

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Equity Incentives for Employees

Equity Incentives for Employees

Recruiting talent was a big topic at this year’s Vancouver Startup Week.  Providing employee stock options is one way to attract great people to your company and can be a powerful incentive that rewards retention and drives performance and loyalty. I sat in on Faskin Martineau’s talk on Equity Incentives for Employees, and thought I’d share some tips for getting your…

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12 tips from President and Co-founder of Two Tall Totems Chris Hobbs

12 tips from President and Co-founder of Two Tall Totems Chris Hobbs

As part of Vancouver Startup Week, Chris Hobbs shared his journey from President of UBC Ski Club to President of Vancouver-based software development company, Two Tall Totems, and a number of important business lessons he learned along the way. While at university, Hobbs actually launched his own venture, LiftPasses.com – a kiosk system that allows customers purchase tickets, and tells…

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Patio Sessions with Two Tall Totems

Patio Sessions with Two Tall Totems

As part of Vancouver Startup Week,  Two Tall Totems hosted a series of workshops where the Vancouver-based software development company talked bleeding edge technology and product launch strategy. To me, a lot of their advice had cross-industry appeal, so I thought I’d share three of their tips for flawless client communication and planning a smooth product release. 1. visualize your…

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A registered trademark is the strongest way to protect your brand. Here’s 7 reasons why

A registered trademark is the strongest way to protect your brand. Here’s 7 reasons why

Having a registered trademark can be a powerful way to safeguard your company’s competitive edge and future growth in a crowded market. If you’re still deciding whether you need one, this post will help you understand the advantages of registering your company’s branding as a trademark. A trademark is a type of intellectual property that allows you to protect your…

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8 Reasons to Invest in a Shareholders Agreement

8 Reasons to Invest in a Shareholders Agreement

Getting a business off the ground can be a significant investment. A shareholders agreement is the strongest legal protection you can have to safeguard your investment and relationship with your co-founders, investors and ultimately your employees and customers/clients. If you haven’t invested in a Shareholders Agreement yet, consider the following: 1. What you put in your shareholders agreement will have…

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