Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Read this article for free.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

To Recruit Top Talent, Startups Offer Rosy Predictions

When employees at Palantir Technologies want to see what their stock in the private company is worth, they can’t use the public markets. So they turn to the next best thing: an internal tool on the company intranet that estimates the worth of their holdings based upon an imaginary future value of Palantir.

By moving a slider to the right, employees can see how much money they’d make if the company rose from the $20 billion valuation at which Palantir most recently raised money to, say, $100 billion. Palantir bakes similar calculations into employee offer letters, one of which was reviewed by The Information, outlining the potential value of option grants on offer at different valuation levels.

What Is The Information?

Notebook b5103017ee163370a1667c9ce59ab0ef023875a17888105d26c185cadf31bb69

Daily news analysis

Every weeknight, we'll send you our reporters’ views on the day’s top tech news—distilled into one email.

Notes bb3aa5069205d702dda37fc71dc6f1c59df2310c4379304e9f1199f052af4884

Exclusive Articles

We broke it first. Receive original reporting, stories, and exclusives you won't read anywhere else from the largest newsroom in tech.

Conference calls c9e664e8b96ee347d3e92b8309938f268422b9db98cfabca5c826fbb75054b23

Conference calls

Go deep into areas like crypto and VC diversity—or get real-time analysis of breaking news—via conference calls with our reporters and other experts.

Events 499acedd16cffc41445edd76bfd302b2836c2a27419890f17130a6b10e2aa3df

Special Events

For no extra fee, subscribers get access to more than a dozen events yearly, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings with marquee speakers.

Access the best reporting on the tech industry read by tens of thousands of global executives.

Become a contributor

Share your views and find other subscribers by completing your profile. You’ll be listed in our contributor directory.

Org Charts

Access the only collection of tech company org charts. Our expanding database includes companies like Amazon, Snap, and Uber.

Slack community

Discuss topics and current events with our subscriber-only Slack group and share news about your company with other subscribers.

Share with your team

Subscribers can unlock any article and share it with friends and co-workers through a special share link.

Stay up to date on Silicon Valley

Sign up for Jessica Lessin’s (The Information’s CEO & Founder) free Saturday newsletter and also receive a complimentary week of our daily afternoon tech commentary email.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Recent Articles

Media Startups

VCs in Fitbit Paid a Price for Not Selling Early

By Alfred Lee and Reed Albergotti

Venture Capital

Venture Capitalists, Tech Leaders Back ‘Decency Pledge’

By Reed Albergotti

Autonomous Vehicles

Volvo in Talks to Acquire Luxe Assets

By Amir Efrati and Jessica E. Lessin

Venture Capital

Handy’s Lesson for Gig Economy Startups: Profit vs. Growth

By Tom Dotan

Early stage startups’ estimates are based on revenue projections, which can be little more than fantasy, according to attorney Mary Russell of Stock Option Counsel.