One of the first steps in forming a startup should undoubtedly be creating your cap table. Sounds simple, but cap tables can get complicated quickly. And without a good one, it’s far too easy to make bad equity decisions when raising money and hiring.
Whether you’re new to this topic or need a refresher, it’s often best to learn from examples and the people that think about this every day. Reed McBride, startup investor, advisor, and Strategy & Business Development at Carta, joins us live to share how a well-managed cap table can help you determine, negotiate, and track ownership stakes as your company grows. He’ll walk you through a number of good and not-so-great examples, the fundamentals and framework to building an impressive cap table, and he’ll take your questions live.
Reed will also discuss how founders can uncomplicate the process with the right tools and build a cap table that grows with your startup from formation to exit.
What you’ll learn:
How to tell an investible startup story through your cap table
What to include, and what’s best left out
How to use your cap table to make smart fundraising and hiring decisions
How founders should be thinking about cap tables in today’s climate
The most common cap table mistakes, the effects, and how to avoid them
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Reed McBride started his career in Silicon Valley as a start-up attorney at Orrick, advising over 100 technology companies on billions of dollars of VC and M&A transactions. Reed currently runs BD & Partnerships at Carta, in addition to advising numerous start-ups.
Reed McBride started his career in Silicon Valley as a start-up attorney at Orrick, advising over 100 technology companies on billions of dollars of VC and M&A transactions. Prior to joining Carta, he scaled two start-ups over five years, building teams and leading numerous functions including Business Operations, Finance, People Ops, Legal, and Corp Dev. Reed currently runs BD & Partnerships at Carta, in addition to advising numerous start-ups. Reed holds a BS with Highest Honors from the University of Illinois College of Engineering and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as a Senior Editor and Executive Committee member of the California Law Review.
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