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By David Frankel, Managing Partner

Granting options to your employees is a wonderful perk of being a startup CEO. It’s a rare thing to be able to offer an employee a potentially life-changing sum of money! But in order to get options approved you need to work with your board.

Here is how to do it right.

The key principle is clarity

Discussions around options shouldn’t be confusing, but they can easily become so if the spadework isn’t done ahead of time. At the early stages, there is no reason for this process not to be crystal clear.

Don’t rush!

There are plenty of times where you’ll need to activate a sense of urgency among your investors. Getting stock options approved should never be one. It’s a sure way to signal to your VC’s that things aren’t running smoothly. …


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