Valuing Employee Options

Yesterday, I read an interesting exchange on Twitter about how to value employee options. All of it was sparked by this tweet:

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Fundraising Roadmap Algorithm

As a software engineer, I try to approach problems algorithmically. That is, given some kind of input, what kind of procedure can I reliably run to generate the desired output. For example, given a bunch of numbers (input), what's the best process (algorithm) to quickly and efficiently arrange those numbers in increasing order (desired output)?

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The Bubble that Matters

A few days ago, Tom Tunguz had a great post on why the "is it a bubble?" question shouldn't matter to startups. I agree with him: focusing on whether there's a bubble in the startup ecosystem is counterproductive, and founders should just concentrate on building great companies efficiently regardless of the macro environment.

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Turning Habits Into Business Ideas

I spent last week moving to a new house. As someone who has moved ten times in the last ten years, I'm (unfortunately) very familiar with the moving experience. One of the things that struck me is how little the moving process -- or maybe just my moving process -- has changed in the last decade. Here's my moving game plan:

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Advice on Advice

"I always advise people never to give advice."

- P.G. Wodehouse

Advice is a double-edged sword. It's easy to give but hard to give well, and easy to receive but hard to evaluate. In short, advice is hard. This post is about how to give and receive advice more effectively.

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An Open Letter to Demo Day Startups

Dear Incredibly Fortunate and Accomplished Startup Founder,

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The Value of Data, Part 3: Data Business Models

Data is incredibly valuable. It helps create superior products, it forms a barrier to entry, and it can be directly monetized. This post is the third in a 3-part series about making data a core part of a startup's business plan.

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The Value of Data, Part 2: Building Valuable Datasets

Data is incredibly valuable. It helps create superior products, it forms a barrier to entry, and it can be directly monetized. This post is the second in a 3-part series about making data a core part of a startup's business plan.

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