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Compound helps startup founders and employees optimize their wealth through a technology-powered family office (tracking, investing, equity, lending, estate, tax). This lets our clients focus on their passions instead of administrative distractions. We live at the intersection of machine and tax code.

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Conventional wisdom says that startup equity is worthless. While most startups fail, there’s a chance your equity will become a life-changing pot of money. This guide explains how to make the most of your equity.

For a startup employee, learning about your company’s initial public offering (IPO) is an exciting time. But it’s also overwhelming from a financial planning perspective. You have a variety of different equity grants, and you must decide what to do with each one. How many stock options should you exercise and sell, and when? What will your tax obligations be, and how can you minimize them?

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