Working for a Startup: How Well Do You Know Your Employee Stock Options?

They're potentially lucrative, but also complicated and definitely not a sure thing. Get the right advice before you make any moves.

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Imagine you’ve been recruited to get in on the ground floor at a successful startup company. Instead of getting a big paycheck, a large portion of your compensation will come in the form of stock options. It’s one way to reward you for the time you’re willing to put in to help build the company. You’re essentially contributing your sweat equity and betting that your company’s future is bright and that you’ll go along for ride.

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Pam Krueger
Founder, Wealthramp

With more than 25 years in investor advocacy, Pam Krueger is the founder and CEO of Wealthramp, an SEC-registered adviser matching platform that connects consumers with rigorously vetted and qualified fee-only financial advisers. She is also the creator and co-host of the award-winning MoneyTrack investor-education TV series, seen nationally on PBS, and Friends Talk Money podcast.