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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of March 10, 2019

  • 3.15.2019

Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

The Hidden Cost of Extending Option Exercise Periods 
If you are considering extending the option exercise period for departing employees, you should understand that there are certain costs your company must bear. This article by AVC explains why. 

Why the FinTech Revolution Is for Real: 3 Trends to Watch 
Traditional brick-and-mortar banks may be declining due to the rise of FinTech revolution. Here are three trends to watch: 1) FinTech startups will start to look more like banks; 2) finance apps will reflect each user’s personal style; and 3) traditional banks will struggle to keep up with the newest technology. For a deep dive on these trends, check out this article from Fortune.

Do You Know Your Venture Capital A, B, Cs? 
When should companies expect to venture out for a round of financing? This Medium article offers a brief refresher on a typical timeline of venture financing for startup companies. Do you know your Venture Capital A, B, Cs? Time to find out. 

Differences Between SAFE and Convertible Notes 
With increased reliance on the use of SAFEs to raise funds, convertible notes are slowly becoming a thing of the past. While SAFEs and convertible notes are similar in concept, there are critical differences. For example, unlike convertible notes, SAFEs do not have a , an interest rate or a minimum amount required to raise for the next equity financing to trigger the conversion. This article by Medium highlights these differences.

US Rule Changes Could Mean More Startups Would Need Government Approval to Hire Immigrants 
Recent legislation requires the US Commerce Department to evaluate controls on “emerging companies,” including establishing controls on the export, re-export or in-country transfer of these companies’ technology. Under this definition, even a visual inspection of controlled technology by a foreign employee in the US is considered a “deemed export” to the person’s country of nationality. This article in TechCrunch explains the potential impact this legislation would have to startup companies that hire foreign nationals.

Links compiled by Lugar Choi.