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Delayed IPOs Undercut Startup Employee Options

By Alfred Lee · Jul 13, 2018 7:02 AM PDT · 3 comments

When Airbnb assured employees last month that it aimed to go public before their stock grants expired, the company became the latest example of a private tech firm grappling with a once unheard-of problem.

Tech companies are staying private longer than ever, but most employee stock grants aren’t designed to last quite so long. Stock options typically expire after 10 years due to tax ...

The End of Growth

By Jessica E. Lessin · Jul 07, 2018 8:23 AM PDT · 5 comments

Priya’s article this week about retailers flocking to Instagram instead of Amazon got me thinking about growth and where startups are finding it. (I suppose running a business also has something to do with my interest in this topic.)

There have been several major shifts that are making it much harder—and more expensive—for startups to grow. They are worth exploring, because if ...