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Resources/reading about funding for early stage startups....

I am new to startup arena and heard lots of things about seed funding, valuation and etc. However, I am not 100% sure about how funding works and would love to have clear idea about things.

1) How seed funding and later funding works
2) How to divide equity among co-founders
3) How much is employee stock options pools
4) Anything else people should be worried about financial stuff(Stock related) when they startup???

Is there any good resource recommendations on these and related topics.

Thanks
Sachin

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Jacob Kojfman
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Jacob Kojfman Entrepreneur • Advisor
Experienced technology and corporate lawyer, focusing on SAAS
Hi Venture Deals by Brad Feld. Jacob Kojfman 604 318 4539
Raphael Londner
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Raphael Londner Entrepreneur
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Hey Sachin,

As far as splitting equity between co-founders, I highly recommend "Slicing Pie" by Mike Moyer (who's on this site too, btw).

You can find loads of good info and excerpts on his web site at http://www.slicingpie.com/

Albin Bajramovic
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Albin Bajramovic Entrepreneur
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Check outhttps://novoed.com/Financing New Ventures -Great resource!

Mike Moyer
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Mike Moyer Entrepreneur • Advisor
Managing Director at Lake Shark Ventures, LLC
Hi Sachin,

Raphael recommended Slicing Pie and I do too! (Because I wrote it). Slicing Pie will tell you exactly the right way to divide up equity to make sure everyone has exactly what they deserve without guessing. It is the perfect tool for bootstrapped startups. If you email me at [removed to protect privacy] I'll send you a copy.

I have another (short) guide called Get Them Gators which makes the case for dynamic equity splits (as outlined in Slicing Pie). It's free and you can download a copy here: http://blpnt.co/pYzST
Shobhit Verma
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Shobhit Verma Entrepreneur • Advisor
building an adaptive recommendation engine
Out of all the recommended practices out there, slicing pie made the most sense to me. Glad to know Mike is already on FD. Mike, is there a demand for an app/product other than the spreadsheet ?
Mike Moyer
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Mike Moyer Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Hi Shobhit!

Thanks for the endorsement. And, yes, there is growing demand for a SaaS calculator. I've had a number of developers approach me about doing one I'm just swamped with other things right now! (including a model for a "fund of funds" concept.....

-Mike
Brendan Duffy
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Brendan Duffy Entrepreneur
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