Index Ventures
OptionPlan

Entrepreneurs know how important stock options are for hiring and retaining the best talent. But to create an effective option plan you need to know how much to award to each team member. We compiled the largest ever set of benchmark data, comprising over 4,000 option grants from more than 200 startups across the US and Europe. We want to help you get this right.

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SeedVenture

Setup

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Hiring plan

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Analysis

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Assumptions

The outputs here are based on a number of underlying assumptions.

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  1. Setup
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