3.102 Common Stock and Options

This course covers common (or ordinary) stock ownership, focusing on restricted stock and stock options. What is a normal vesting schedule and are there creative ways to handle vesting? What are some common pitfalls to avoid in issuing stock to founders and key employees? What tax issues dictate the ways you should use stock as a form of reward for key contributors (and not as an inadvertent form of punishment)? How do you administer a stock plan and set up a fair compensation system? What are the most common restrictions on stock ownership and which ones make sense for your business?

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