Valuation and Option Pool
One of the more contentious things in the negotiation between an entrepreneur and a VC over a financing, particularly an early stage financing, is the inclusion of an option pool in the pre-money valuation. As my friend Mark Pincus likes to say, “it’s just another way to lower the price”.
I’ll accept that critique. And take it one step further. The option pool is absolutely a piece of the price negotiation. But it is a very important one as I’ll explain.
Great writeup on how an option pool affects VC negotiations.