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In a young private company, a number of dynamics combine to make board membership appealing: appropriate vesting schedules, single trigger acceleration, retention efforts, handling reasonable board expenses, and more. Here is a detailed explanation of how to bring them all together for the best results.
Experienced entrepreneurs are commonly tapped to serve as outside directors for promising early-stage companies. VC and blogger Brad Feld provides some rules of thumb for compensating these valuable assets.
When bringing new employees on board during startup, there are a number of considerations in establishing financial incentives such as options. FeedBurner founder Dick Costolo elaborates on the issue and provides advice.
Carve-out plans offer a different way to design pension and profit-sharing plans to meet specific funding goals. This blog entry by a VC walks through an example and shares links to related topics.
Straight talk about hiring from the co-creator of Mosaic, which made widespread use of the Web possible. Inventor and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen shares lessons learned, such as what to value when evaluating potential employees, how to manage the hiring process, and what to do if you make a mistake. Very practical and very readable.
While vesting schedules may be similar from company to company, certain events or situations add a level of complexity. Dick Costolo the founder of Feedburner, explains the nuances of options acceleration: single trigger, double trigger, full acceleration, and partial acceleration.
Recruiting, hiring, managing, and retaining young employees (Generation X'ers and Millenials) means understanding what motivates them and how they think. This article offers up in a straightforward way the myths and realities of taking on this challenge.
While restricted stock may be considered a useful incentive in startups, that approach has different legal and tax implications than others. Read this blog for a clear discussion of a cloudy topic. Plus reader postings.
Dominic Orr was named President and CEO of Aruba Networks in April 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Orr served as the company's Chairman of the Board. Previously, Dominic Orr was the president of Nortel Networks, Intelligent
Internet Web Systems. He previously served as the president and chief executive of Alteon WebSystems which was merged with Nortel Networks in Oct. 2000. Mr. Orr has more than 20 years of experience in the computer systems and communication
networking industry and has held senior positions at Bay Networks, Hewlett-Packard and Hughes Aircraft. Mr. Orr. is a member of the Sciences Board of Visitors at UCLA. He holds a BS in physics from City University of New York and a MS and
PhD from California Institute of Technology.
This article is thought-provoking and will help entrepreneurs build both philosophy and practice concerning performance. For example: Should reviews be more about improving the company's results or more about improving the individual's performance? The extensive commentary from individual managers is especially valuable.
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