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Don’t get screwed! Stock option questions you should ask before you join a start-up

September 29th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Lately I keep hearing stories about how employees got screwed because start-up management were very secretive about the companies stock options. In this economy, a lot of start-up are struggling. VC firms have the upper hand in negotiation. In a lot of cases, the deal terms are very unfavorable to existing stock holders as well […]

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Tags: Recruiting & Job Hunting · Start-up Success

Start-up job opportunities in San Francisco Bay Area

August 19th, 2009 · No Comments

A recruiter friend is looking for candidates for the following positions: A start-up in the gaming and mobile market: Consumer marketing professionals. A start-up in reputation and privacy protection space: Senior Product Manager A start-up in web content management space: Director of Marketplace Drop me an email (, and I’ll connect you with the recruiter.

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Tags: Job Posting

IPO shouldn’t be the goal for a start-up

June 10th, 2009 · 4 Comments

A friend of mine started a company a few years ago. He quickly built up the company. Whenever I asked him how his company was doing, he always told me that their goal was to go public on the NASDAQ in a few years. They had good revenue growth. They had impressive venture capital funding. […]

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Tags: Start-up Success

Should a start-up enters emerging markets?

April 8th, 2009 · 3 Comments

A friend works for a start-up company. They’re on track to generate $30 million revenue this year, which will allow the company break even. Eighty percent of the revenue are from the US, while the other twenty percent are from western Europe. They still have about $10 million of cash that they received as part […]

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Tags: Build a Company · Innovation · Start-up Success