The Real Value of Stock Options

Good analysis.

Benjy Boxer’s Blog

Several of my friends have been considering job opportunities at startups in New York.  Typically, their job offers have included below-market salaries and option grants.  When I chat with them about their offers, they’ve been attributing way too much value to the stock options offered.  I’ve generally explained to each of them why stock options are nice, but are worth much less than may think.

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Martinez needs someone to run the Campbell Theater

I don’t know about how economically feasible it is, but it would be quite convenient to have shows running there all the time.

Martinez unable to find promoter for shuttered Campbell Theatre –

But Martinez received only two promoters’ proposals by the Aug. 19 deadline, neither of which met the city’s criteria, according to Schroder. Many of the groups that earlier had expressed interest in the Campbell said the city’s requirements were too stringent, he said.

Now, the city is offering more flexible terms, including the possibility of setting payments based on the promoter’s profit.

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Staples to Sell 3D Printers


Staples First Major U.S. Retailer to Announce Availability of 3D Printers | Business Wire

Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest e-commerce company, today became the first major U.S. retailer to announce the availability of 3D printers. The Cube® 3D Printer from 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D content-to-print solutions, is immediately available on for $1299.99 and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores by the end of June.

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Hacker News thread about side projects for sale

The best part?

Sneaky. You made yourself a list of free ideas right here. 

Yay! “Free ideas” that … didn’t work out, have no market and are now eagerly flipped for peanuts. Sneaky indeed 😉

But as is also pointed out, many of these projects put the blame of failure on lack of marketing funds. That does seem to be a big hurdle to jump with these little projects. All the little viral successes might make you think all you need to do is build something and the fans will start showing up. In the real world, people don’t see mystical messages on the scoreboard at Fenway.

Sell HN: Do you have a side project you want to sell? | Hacker News

If you have any side projects that you’ve built and that you no longer have time for, list them here and let’s see if others want to buy it from you.


Costs for building prototypes

Over the past couple years, I’ve been serving as CTO for several startups that are now seeking funding. This overview of cost to build an MVP is about right. It might be shooting low for more complex projects if the team can’t agree what’s truly minimal. Also, I’ve only ever heard bad stories about hiring offshore teams to build prototypes.

How Much Does It Cost To Build An MVP? – Forbes

An MVP (minimum viable product) is defined as the smallest possible thing you can do to prove a set of hypotheses about a business idea, according to Lean Startup theory. There are different kinds of MVPs, depending on the business idea that you have.

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