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Structure & Formation
Where and when to incorporate
Determining the right type of entity to create
What are the key formation documents for C corporations and the purpose of each document?
When are annual reports due for a Delaware corporation?
Who makes decisions for the company?
What is a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation?
Founders & Capitalization
What is a capitalization table and what information does it typically include?
How is a company's fully diluted capitalization calculated?
What is the difference between authorized shares and issued shares?
Does the term “founder” have any legal significance?
Officer Titles and Roles
Allocating equity among founders
Why do founders and other service providers receive Common Stock?
What are typical vesting terms?
Employees and Consultants
What is the difference between independent contractors/consultants and employees?
How to compensate employees?
Non-competes, Non-solicits and other restrictive covenants with former employers
Agreements with employees
Agreements with consultants/independent contractors
Foreign employees and Visas
Board of Directors and Advisors
Board Membership and Roles
Control and Decision Making
What is a stock option plan?
Reserving shares under the Company’s option plan
Difference between options and restricted stock
Tax differences between ISOs and NSOs
What is the process for granting options and restricted stock?
Tax implications related to shares that vest and 83(b) elections
What is a 409A valuation and why is it necessary?
What are typical vesting terms for employees?
Option exercise period after termination of service?