Silicon Valley Self Regulation

Stock Option

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A “stock option” is the right to make a transaction, buy or sell, a stock at a defined price within a specified period of time. For an employee, “stock options” differ on the basis of maturity: your stocks “vest” as opposed to the option to buy/sell expiring within a specified period of time.

helpful resources

Stock Option selection on Investopedia

Richard Harroch's How Employee Stock Options Work in Startup Companies at Forbes

Alyson Shontell's If You Want To Get Rich At A Startup, You'd Better Ask These Questions Before Accepting The Job at Business Insider

Scott Kupor's How Startup Options (and Ownership) Works at Andreessen Horowitz

Andy Rachelff's The Right Way to Grant Equity to Your Employees at First Round Review

Babak Nivi's I have a job offer at a startup, am I getting a good deal? Part 1: The Offer at Venture Hacks