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Published on February 08, 2017 / Silicon Valley Business Journal

Early startup investors turning to private market stock sales to cash out

It isn't just startup employees who are using private markets to cash out some of their stock and options as venture-backed companies take longer to exit through an IPO or M&A. A report on last year's activity on the 

Published on September 21, 2016 / Wall Street Journal

Founders Circle Raises $208M Fund for Secondary Deals

The market for secondary transactions has been rising as startups stay private longer and companies look to provide some liquidity to their longstanding employees. NASDAQ Private Market said it worked on $544 million in secondary-deal volume across 12 deals in the first half of this year, which w

Published on August 22, 2016 / The New York Times

Airbnb and Others Set Terms for Employees to Cash Out

SAN FRANCISCO — Technology start-ups have long wrestled with a conundrum of how to reward their employees. Many of their workers are compensated with lucrative piles of a start-up’s stock, but cannot cash it in because the shares do not trade publicly.

Published on August 17, 2016 / San Francisco Chronicle

Bills would ease tax burden of private-company stock options

A bill introduced in Congress this summer would ease the burden by letting some private-company employees defer the income, and thus the federal tax due, for up to seven years. (The bill would not affect state taxes.) But it would not eliminate the risk of paying taxes on paper profits.

Published on August 14, 2016 / The Financial Times

Airbnb attacks ‘bottom feeder’ sharks circling workers’ shares

Some of Silicon Valley’s most highly valued private technology companies, including Airbnb and Uber, are expressing concern and taking action over a new breed of brokers trying to solicit shares from employees and early investors.

Published on August 13, 2016 / SFGate

Firms setting terms for workers to cash out of startup shares

Technology startups have long wrestled with a conundrum of how to reward their employees.

Published on July 27, 2016 / Bloomberg Technology

Startup Investors Are Still Finding Ways to Cash Out Despite the IPO Drought

Startup investors are hitting the exits even as companies keep delaying going public.

Published on July 27, 2016 / Fast Company

Tech solutions are helping early unicorn investors cash out

If you were lucky enough to be an early investor in a startup unicorn like Airbnb (valued at $30 billion) or Uber ($60 billion-plus): Congrats, drinks are on you. For life.

Published on March 18, 2016 / Business Insider

We Just got a Look at What's on Startup Founders' Mind - and it's Bad News for Wall Street

We just got some insight into what's on the minds of startup founders and executives, and it may not be good news for Wall Street. Nasdaq Private Market surveyed a group of startup founders, CEOs, and directors at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, last weekend.

Published on March 18, 2016 / Bloomberg Business

A Rising Number of Startups Reckon They'll Never Go Public

While high-flying unicorns such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc.

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