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No Free Ride for Free Riders

Although a dynamic equity model is intrinsically fairer to participants, fixed equity splits will continue to be the norm because 1) dynamic models are a relatively new concept and 2) fixed models allow experienced entrepreneurs to take advantage of less experience entrepreneurs.

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My Feelings on Fairness

Treating people fairly in a start-up company means giving them a reward that is proportionate to the contributions made relative to others participating in the business. In other words, if […]

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A La Mode

Throughout the book, Slicing Pie, I reference a variety of additional material designed to supplement or elaborate on the content in the book. You can find this material here. Thank you for reading my […]

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The Early Bird Gets the Pie

One initial concern that I get about Slicing Pie is the fear that founders won’t get enough of the pie even though they were there during the beginning. Most people […]

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Paying Consultant Grunts with Pie

In Slicing Pie I recommend providing a sliding scale buyout to freelancers and consultants who provide services to the company.  In this scenario the consultant can earn up to 200% […]

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The Good Way to Say Good Bye

There are four circumstances under which a person can leave your company based on two variables. The variables are “how” and “why”. The how can be that they decided to leave or you fired them; the why can be for good reason or for no good reason.

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Slicing Pie: A Guide to Dividing Up Early-Stage Start-up Equity

First Published on Tech Cocktail (Tech.co) Not long ago, I was approached by one of my students at Northwestern, who was distraught over a situation in a fledging company that […]

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Slicing Pie: a Primer in Dividing Up Early-Stage Equity

Fairness starts with laying out the rules and agreeing to follow them. This means that we need to allocate equity based on a set of rules.

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