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Why LTSE Equity Offers Cap Table Software As a Free Public Service

Tiho Bajic

A cap table is a fundamental right of founders, employees, and investors. That's why we've made our Basic tier 100% free for companies that have less than 10 stakeholders and have under $1M in funding.

How XYZ Venture Capital Evaluates Early-Stage Founders: Key Diligence Criteria

Ross Fubini

Ross Fubini is the Founder and Managing Partner of XYZ Venture Capital, an early-stage venture fund with a fintech and enterprise-focused portfolio that includes investments in companies like Anduril, Hex, Bravado, Switchboard, Stir, and Sardine.

The YC Experience: Learnings From a Serial Founder Who Went Through It Twice

John Milinovich

John Milinovich co-founded and served as CEO at Aesthetic and URX (acquired by Pinterest). In both cases, John and his early team went through Y Combinator. Here's how those experiences differed.

How VC Funds Diligence Mission-Driven Investments with 500 Global

Tracy Barba

We sat down with Tracy Barba, the Global Head of ESG and Stakeholder Engagement at 500, to learn how startups can effectively build around ESG, DEI, and more.

Understanding Your First Term Sheet

Hozefa Botee and Wes Watts

We sat down with two top corporate lawyers from Gunderson Dettmer (Hozefa Botee, a Corporate & Securities partner in the firm’s New York office, and Wes Watts, head of the firm’s Austin office) to find out what founders need to know about their first term sheets. 

I’ve talked to 800+ early stage startups. Here’s what I want them to know about fundraising.

Jason Brausewetter

Here’s what early stage founders should know about fundraising in today’s market.

How to prepare for your first round of VC funding

Tiho Bajic

If you’re considering going out for your first round of institutional venture capital funding, you probably have questions: Is it the right time to fundraise? Is VC really the right choice for my startup? How do I assess terms to determine if they’re favorable?

Why you should be cautious about raising money

Ethan Kurzweil

Bessemer Ventures Partner, Ethan Kurzweil, on why raising too much money can hurt, too.

Who should get vesting acceleration?

LTSE Equity Team

A look at the types of acceleration and the market trends that surround each.

What type of equity should be issued to founders?

LTSE Equity Team

How founders are issued and own their shares.

What is your startup’s share price?

Ray Shan

The worth of your company’s stock may depend on who’s asking… and why.

What is vesting?

LTSE Equity Team

Vesting is a contractual mechanism by which a person earns the right to keep their company equity.

What is common stock?

LTSE Equity Team

Along with preferred shares, common stock is one of the main types of stock a company can issue.

What is an option pool?

LTSE Equity Team

It refers to the number of shares that a company sets aside to issue in the future.

What is a standard vesting schedule?

LTSE Equity Team

It's the provision that explains why most stock vests in four years with a one-year cliff.

What is a liquidation preference?

LTSE Equity Team

A look at this feature of preferred stock that specifies how much the holder is entitled to be paid.

What is a capitalization table?

LTSE Equity Team

A critical snapshot of who holds what securities of a company at a given time.

What is a 409A valuation?

LTSE Equity Team

How to assess a company's value in order to set the price of common stock shares.

The metrics that should be in your pitch deck

LTSE Equity Team

A guide to understanding the measures that compel investors to invest in startups.

Real advice for founders from VC partners

LTSE Equity Team

Tips on pitching investors from partners at Benchmark, NEA, Andreessen Horowitz, and Accel.

Raising U.S. funding as an international startup

Justin Kan

One important question—and seven steps to get on the path to fundraising in the U.S.

How to raise a seed round

LTSE Equity Team

From gauging your readiness to refining your narrative, this guide can help.

How to improve your startup valuation

LTSE Equity Team

Your term sheet provides a foundation for future rounds of financing. Here's how to get it right.

How SAFEs will convert at Series A

Pavitra Bhalla

How to raise more money with less dilution.

Fundraising and rejections with Reddit’s Co-founder and CEO, Steve Huffman

LTSE Equity Team

Co-founder and CEO of Reddit Steve Huffman shares tips on running and building a startup.

Five fundraising mistakes—and how to avoid them

LTSE Equity Team

Lessons from founders they wish they had known themselves.

Demo Day tips from past YC founders

LTSE Equity Team

What founders wish they had known.

Can I pay for stock with intellectual property?

LTSE Equity Team

You can pay for shares with your invention. Here are some considerations that come into play.

Ashton Kutcher: How (and why) I invest in startups

Ashton Kutcher

A lot of people ask me how I choose to invest in startups. Here's my formula.

A 4-step plan for the startup stock option process

Marcus Gosling

Get the process correct from the start to avoid mistakes later.