Executives and Founders

Leading a company requires wide breadth of knowledge, and our collection of resources is curated to give you just the information you need to make wise decisions.

  •  Addressing the Private Company Equity Compensation Gap Impacting Working Moms

    Addressing the Private Company Equity Compensation Gap Impacting Working Moms

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    The ultimate list of equity resources - from raising money to equity splits!

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  • Sources of Equity Dilution

    Sources of Equity Dilution

    Learn the different types of dilution of shares in our equity dilution guide. View industry benchmarks by investor stage, typical dilution rates and more.

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  • How to Calculate Equity Dilution: Determining Ownership Stake Over Time

    How to Calculate Equity Dilution: Determining Ownership Stake Over Time

    Find out how to calculate equity dilution online with Shareworks Startup Edition. Learn a stock dilution formula, see common equity dilution scenarios and more.

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  • How Does Equity Get Diluted?

    How Does Equity Get Diluted?

    In part two of our equity guide, we answer how does equity get diluted and work. Learn about anti-dilution protection and view an equity dilution example.

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  • What is Equity Dilution?

    What is Equity Dilution?

    Learn what equity dilution is and how it works.

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    Understand how VCs value your company using this VC valuation model.

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  • Our Continued Commitment to Our Customers

    Our Continued Commitment to Our Customers

    During this time of global uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that the Shareworks by Morgan Stanley team is committed to supporting you.

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  • The Journey from Startup to IPO

    The Journey from Startup to IPO

    The lifecycle of a private company is evolving. Over the last two decades, the timeline for companies to seek an entry to the public market has doubled from 6 to 12 years. 2019 has seen...

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  • Shareworks helps creative marketplace Redbubble along its global journey

    Shareworks helps creative marketplace Redbubble along its global journey

    Leading international money services company, OFX, has been using Shareworks for their employee share plans since 2018. Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary Freya Smith talks about their decision

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  • Form 3921 – Who Needs to File, When to Do it, and How to Do it

    Form 3921 – Who Needs to File, When to Do it, and How to Do it

    You need to file IRS Form 3921 if your employees exercised stock options last year. Get the rundown on how and when to do it, including deadlines and late filing fees.

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  • Option Pricing Models: An Overview of Lattice Models and Black-Scholes

    Option Pricing Models: An Overview of Lattice Models and Black-Scholes

    Gain a better understanding of the history of Lattice Models and Black Scholes, how each model works, and what the most commonly used model is to calculate the value of equity compensation awards.

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  • The Pragmatic Guide to Startup Valuation

    The Pragmatic Guide to Startup Valuation

    Startup valuation is a very nuanced topic. Everybody says it’s both an art and a science, and many smart people have written posts to try and articulate the method behind the madness. But at the...

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  • How the Wates Principles Can Benefit UK Private Companies

    How the Wates Principles Can Benefit UK Private Companies

      ‘Corporate governance’ and ‘private companies’ haven’t historically been two terms found in the same sentence, due in part to the fact that private companies have been left to their own devices...

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  • The Founders Definitive Guide to Startup Equity

    The Founders Definitive Guide to Startup Equity

    There was a time when you had to spend enormous amounts of money hiring lawyers, accountants, and other experts just to create your cap table and analyze potential funding rounds.

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  • Boost Performance and Retention with a Canadian ESPP

    Boost Performance and Retention with a Canadian ESPP

    Cultivate performance and retention company-wide with an employee share purchase plan.

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  • 5 Startup Equity Myths That Are Holding You Back

    5 Startup Equity Myths That Are Holding You Back

    The power of startup equity is almost a myth in and of itself, with swirling stories of unicorns and overnight millionaires. In truth, startup equity is often misunderstood, misinterpreted, and...

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  • 6 Equity Dilution Terms Every Founder Needs to Know

    6 Equity Dilution Terms Every Founder Needs to Know

    Equity dilution is one of those subjects that always has people looking for a secret cheat sheet. Founders find themselves asking the question, “How can I prevent dilution?” And most experts would...

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  • The Basics of Convertible Notes: Convertible Note Terms

    The Basics of Convertible Notes: Convertible Note Terms

    A convertible note is short-term debt that converts into equity, which doesn't force investors to determine the value of the company. Curious? Learn convertible notes basics and terms in this blog.

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  • ASU 2018-07: The Low-Down on FASB’s Changes to Non-Employee Accounting

    ASU 2018-07: The Low-Down on FASB’s Changes to Non-Employee Accounting

    By now you may have heard that  FASB announced the issuance of ASU 2018-07: Simplifications to Accounting for Nonemployee Share-Based Payments on June 20, 2018. If FASB announcements give you...

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  • The One Data Set Every Finance Exec Needs [PODCAST]

    The One Data Set Every Finance Exec Needs [PODCAST]

    Today’s interview features Dustin Snyder who is the director of finance at Banyan. Banyan is experiencing massive growth and Dustin has some amazing insights and war stories for taking a startup...

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  • 7 Tips to Improve Equity Administration on the Road to an IPO

    7 Tips to Improve Equity Administration on the Road to an IPO

    Growing a company? Hard. Hiring, motivating and retaining employees? Hard.  Preparing your company for an IPO?  Really hard. Finding the right IPO guidebook? Easy.   Equity administration is...

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