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The Disposition of Equity: Incentive Stock Options Part 1

No advice seemed more reasonable, more universal and at the same time became so profoundly nettlesome as the creation of an employee option plan and its correct apportionment in the company. While equity options in the startup can be a powerful motivator and an invaluable tool for the distribution of value it can also sow … Continue reading

Gettysburg at 150

Sixty miles to the west of where I sit now and exactly 150 years in the past 80,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac marched north through Frederick towards Pennsylvania under the command of General George Meade. The army was rushing through central Maryland on reports that the Confederates under Robert E. Lee … Continue reading

Focus

“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. ― Steve Jobs Kurt Vonnegut’s classic short story “Harrison Bergeron” describes a future where equality of all individuals is enforced by the government. The above average in intelligence wear devices in their ears which blare a loud noise every minute or so to prevent focused … Continue reading

Speed

“If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.”   ― Mario Andretti Speed is the second concept I’m emphasizing this year. Mr. Andretti, no stranger to excess velocity, expresses it well. Market windows close, partners lose interest, competitors catchup, employees lose faith and customers get impatient when progress takes too long. This is … Continue reading

Engineers and Physicists

I was seven when men landed on the moon. My parents woke me up to see it on TV. The Apollo 11 landing and the following moon missions made such an impression on my generation of young nerds that many of us resolved ourselves to careers in the space program. The only question for me … Continue reading