This Company Asked Its Employees for Cash and Everybody Won

Image credit:Pexels This story appears in the March 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When Boulder-based solar energy company Namaste Solar first went looking for capital to expand in 2004, it could have gone through the hassle of securing a bank loan or put together a dog-and-pony show to attract outside investors. But the company …

How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Million-Dollar Mistakes

Image credit:Shutterstock When joining or building a company, it is imperative that you understand the laws around equity. As an employee, not understanding how stock options work may leave you with expensive tax bills for worthless stock. As a founder, doling out equity too liberally will leave you with a sliver of the company by …

Equity Crowdfunding Takes Off: What Your Business Should Know

Image credit:Shutterstock As crowdfunding took off, serious investors noted that something was missing from the process. While savvy investors want to put money into a promising crowdfunded product like Pebble or COOLEST Cooler, they want more than an early edition of the product or a branded T-shirt for their efforts. This difference has made crowdfunding …

A Short Guide to Offering ‘A’ Players No-Interest Loans to Purchase Equity

Image credit:Shutterstock Hiring true “A” players for your small business can be critical to your organization’s success. To attract and retain senior, well-seasoned executives you may need to make equity part of the compensation package. While you would want to reward the new hire for the future value he or she adds to your business, you …

No Pain, No Gain in Startups: Short-term Suffering Leads to Lasting Rewards

Image credit:Melissa Baldwin | Flickr When it comes to startups, risk comes to mind for many. But not taking that leap poses a greater risk — the risk of missing a great opportunity for compensation, personal growth and networking galore. Choosing to accept startup risk — as a founder or early employee — could fundamentally alter your life and …