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As part of our effort to understand liquidity from different perspectives, we spoke to prominent names in the VC and

As part of our effort to understand liquidity from different perspectives, we spoke to prominent names in the VC and

Celebrity investments in startups

Startups often need a lot of money to get off the ground. To do this, recently companies have been turning

You may have heard of companies issuing bonus shares. Essentially, it’s when a company gives out extra shares to its

Different Types of Stock Option Plans

Stock options grant can be made only when a stock option plan is in place. In India, the three most common

Option grant by foreign entity to Indian subsidiary employees

Companies no longer have only a domestic presence. Over a period of time many companies look to move the ownership

Key differences: Sweat Equity and Stock options

Employee compensation has taken various forms over the years. Payment of salary no longer involves just a cash component, it

How should employees read stock option plan

You’ve been granted stock options by the company where you work. The company has also shared the stock option plan

FAQs on Stock Appreciation Rights

Are you looking for a way to compensate and motivate employees without issuing shares? SARs are a way to go.

Anti dilution FAQs

Inconsistent market and economic factors can lead to a drop in values and share prices of companies. This in turn

SOC Compliance | RuleZero

We are thrilled to announce that RuleZero is now SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliant! The SOC compliance emphasize RuleZero’s

How to understand stock options in your offer letter

You’ve just got an offer letter from the start-up company you interviewed with last week. Is there a clause on

What to look for in option grant letter

You’ve been granted stock options in a company. You’ve got a letter saying so. What should you look for in

Stock option buyback

Stock options are creating wealth for employees like never before. Why is this? Companies are growing at unprecedented rates. Some

The two most widely used modes of providing liquidity to option holders are: (a) buyback of options, and (b) sale

Administration of stock options can be a complex process. Since buyback of options is one of the modes through which

Private Company Valuation

To put in simple terms, the value of a company is its estimated worth. Valuation is the process of determining

A prominent clause found in most contracts is on representations and warranties of the parties. Such a clause is found

As you may have understood from our blog series on annual filings, a great deal of information is submitted with

The board report forms an integral part of the annual filings  and is filed along with annual returns of the

What is an auditors report? Continuing our series on annual filings of private limited companies, this blog focuses on what

Key points to note when making annual filings of private limited companies All companies incorporated as a private limited company

Next in our series of blogs on corporate compliances, let’s talk all about annual returns under Companies Act, 2013. As

Annual filings - Private Companies

It’s that time of the year again! Annual filings give founders the opportunity to up their corporate governance game. This

Unicorns and startups are always in the spotlight. While they have contributed to the growth and development of the economy,

Fundraising happens to be a long process with several inevitable aspects to bear in mind throughout this complex affair.  Recently,

What exactly are Employee Stock Options? Options are ‘rights’ granted to employees (and not obligations) to acquire the shares of

The terms of investment play an important role in determining the rights and responsibilities of the parties to the investment.

Investors fund companies with a goal to earn higher return on their investments. This happens when the company grows and

A term sheet is a non-binding commitment (usually, though not always) made by – (a) an investor to invest into

A fundamental question that perhaps every entrepreneur asks themselves is what type of security suits best to raise capital for

Foreign investors can invest in Indian companies subject to the provisions of the FDI policy. Unlike domestic investments, money coming

Dive into the world of startup with us A company’s journey from incorporation to exit involves a series of steps,

What is a secondary sale of stock? Employees or investors holding shares of a private company cannot liquidate their shares

In the second and final part of this article, we look at some of the latest critical trends in how

In this two-part article, we take a look at some of the key ESOP trends paving inroads for Indian startups

From the outside, financing rounds look like a simple two-step process: investors provide funds to companies and companies issue securities

Debt vs Equity

With reports of Indian startups raising funds in the news almost every other day, terms such as investments, funding rounds,

Over the past few years, issuing convertible notes has become the preferred way for companies to raise funding, especially when

A common dilemma that young companies face is choosing how to fund their operations. The form of financing has a

What is cap table management? As you’ll know from reading our earlier blog posts, a cap table is a tabular

There’s a saying in the start-up world, ‘Choose your co-founder wisely, for founder exits can be messier than celebrity divorces!’

Now that we’ve understood the basic elements of a cap table, let’s consider a real-world scenario to see how a

Basics of cap table

Our previous article, ‘Basics of cap table’ briefly explained what a cap table is. Here, we talk about what cap

In the start-up environment, it’s hard to miss hearing the term ‘cap table’. Almost all founders are told to read

One of the many components that impact the company’s cap table is ESOP. And needless to say, ESOPs have been

Unveil ESOPs with Accel’s partner Prashanth Prakash.

Leap from traditional compensation models to engagement driven models with ESOPs. Step up your ESOP game with inputs from the best

Wealth creation through ESOPs

ESOPs have time and again proven to be a valuable tool for creating wealth. A prime example of this is

You are a startup looking to hire a senior software engineer with a total of 5 years experience. The market

ESOP Regulations

The ESOP landscape in India is still evolving. When designing the stock option plan, various laws and regulations must be

Part III of the ESOP Series addresses the common questions that employees have on ESOPs. 1. Does an ESOP announcement

Part II of the options series – FAQs on ESOP for Employers, focuses on common questions employers have on stock options.   1.

1. How easy or difficult is it for a company to make grants? Granting is the first stage in the

What are Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs)? Why are they making so much noise in the startup ecosystem? Why does

The idea of earning a share in the profit has always been romanticized, whether you are in employment or in

For products that are relatively new in the market, the founders and the team create confidence in the minds of

The growth of a company, especially in its initial stages, depends on the founders. Therefore, it is most important for

Raising capital is a long and tedious process that usually takes 4 to 6 months before the money reaches the

Starting a business is more than just having a workable idea. The right factors need to be in place to

While the entire idea of fundraising looks daunting and often takes months before the money reaches the bank account, it

Once the company is incorporated, it has to be nurtured from time to time. This is most essential to climb

You have a business idea. You wish to bring a company into existence and get the business going.

Dematerialisation of shares

Like everything else, the influx of technology made its mark on the investment market. This advancement moved holding the documentary

We often come across companies raising Seed Round, Series A, B, C rounds from various investors. These investments are often

Your company has been incorporated. What next? In our previous blog, we have introduced you to the procedures that go

Once the type of entity is chosen then comes the entire process of actually constructing and putting all the pieces

The first time entrepreneur’s guide in choosing the right entity type for their business. While designing a building, one needs

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