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Avoiding Unnecessary Taxes With Slicing Pie

There is more than one way to make a Pie from a legal standpoint, the big issues relate to how shares are actually issued in a way to avoid unnecessary taxes. All equity-split models create more or less tax exposure depending on how the deal is executed. In some cases, the final split can be […]

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Do Our Monkey Brains Understand Fairness?

Fairness is a central element of human morality, but it is also an instinct of our primate brethren. An attendee of a Slicing Pie event in Seattle brought this to my attention (thanks Jim!) by sharing a fascinating video of how monkeys behave when they sense unfairness. In my experience, humans also have an innate […]

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Slicing Pie is Above the Law…But You’re Not, Unfortunately

Sometimes people ask me if Slicing Pie is “legal.” The short answer is: yes, absolutely, Slicing Pie is completely legal and is never illegal. The long answer is slightly more nuanced because Slicing Pie isn’t a legal framework, it’s a moral framework – it’s a way of doing right by those who help you build […]

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Let’s Keep It Simple…Oops

Don’t be afraid of adding a little complexity to your bonus compensation program. People are pretty smart, and they will buy-in to a structured program that makes logical sense and stimulates the right kind of behaviors from the team.

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How to Talk About Slicing Pie: The Blackjack Analogy

I spend most of my time thinking about equity splits and helping others create fair splits in their startup companies. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that there isn’t a single person on this planet who has put more thought into fair equity splits. I love the topic and look forward to continuing to […]

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Initial Slice Offering (ISO)

I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into Bitcoin and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and, like many people, I still find them pretty confusing. I think, however, that in spite of the uncertainty, the future looks bright for digital currency as a tool for raising startup capital, especially for Slicing Pie companies. I still have much to learn. Today’s post covers some of my initial thoughts on the subject. I’m hoping fellow Grunts will post their own thoughts and ideas in the comment section.

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Slicing Pie Case Study: CloudSploit

“That’s an interesting approach,” thought Josh Rosenthal after attending a Slicing Pie seminar at a tech conference. Several years later, the model popped back into his head and allowed him to form a successful partnership with a complete stranger. “I saw a post on Reddit from a guy who needed help developing an interesting technology,” […]

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Paying for the Pie

There are a number of ways to finance your company. The best way is to start generating revenue as soon as possible. Generating cash early will enable you to not only prove your concept to investors, but also potentially get a better valuation and, therefore, keep more equity. In my experience, startups don’t concentrate on […]

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Entrepreneurship Isn’t for Everyone

I thought this was a funny Sprite commercial (translated). As crazy as it sounds, not everyone wants to start their own company.

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Why Slicing is Better than Pricing

Extreme caution should be taken when selling equity for cash to avoid legal, ethical and tax consequences.

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