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What is a Section 83(b) Election?
Section 83(b) Election tells the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that you want to report income tax the year your stock was granted instead of when it is vested. This means you will report income at the current stock price when the stock is granted to you instead of the stock price the year the stock vests.
Entrepreneurs grant themselves stock in the companies they start, and often offer their employees and contractors some form of equity incentive (e.g., stock of corporations or membership units of LLCs) to entice them to come on board. If you’re considering granting stock to yourself as a founder or joining a company that’s offering to grant you stock in addition to or in lieu of a paycheck, you should understand the potential tax consequences before accepting.
The IRS views an equity grant as a form of taxable compensation, and if you’re the recipient o
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What is a Portfolio Company?
A portfolio company is a term used to describe a company in which investors own equity in a company or buy out a company. The goal of the investor is to increase the value of the portfolio company and earn a return on their initial investment.
The investment could be in the form of private equity in established companies or venture capital in companies just starting out. One portfolio company usually forms part of a group of companies in the investor's full portfolio.
Who Invests in Portfolio Companies?
Portfolio companies are used by venture capital firms, private equity firms, and other financial investment firms. Some firms build a portfolio of companies that specialize in a specific sector, such as science or engineering. Others have a diverse mix of portfolios.
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It used to be that initial public offerings (IPOs) were reserved for high tech, healthcare and larger retail companies, but that is no longer the case. There are many sectors that now take advantage of this tool, so it pays to be more aware of some of the intricacies involved in the IPO process. Let's start by defining some relevant terms:
What is an IPO?
An IPO is the process of taking a private company and making it public. Essentially, when a private company participates in an IPO, they sell shares to the "general public" for the first time, and invite investment from outside their inner circle of employees and investors. The reality is that most of those initial shares issued by the company will be bought by institutional investor
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What is Tranche Investment?
Tranche investment lets venture capital and other investors split investments into parts. They can give money to businesses over time instead of all at once. Usually, a business getting a tranche investment will get prenegotiated payments as long as it achieves financial milestones decided by the investor. The word tranche comes from the French word for slice.
Structured Financing: What is it?
Structured financing is a broad term for the many ways businesses and banks can divide risky financial products, including loans. Businesses and banks often sell these new financial products to specialized third-party investors. These products often include insurance policies, mortgages, and other types of debt, including tranches. Tranching or tranche investment is a relatively new product to help investors lower risk and let startups get more funding. Something similar to tranching is simulated when an investor makes a seed invest