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Crafting Attractive, Sustainable Compensation Packages for University Start-Up Leadership

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Originally presented: October 03, 2019

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For fast-growing university start-ups struggling to achieve market traction, profitability, and investment dollars to reach the next level, finding the right leadership in this pivotal growth stage is critical. A key factor, of course, is an attractive compensation package. But unlike typical employee pay packages, a CEO’s pay is usually structured to reward the executive for positive company performance and reaching specific goals or milestones. Base salary, incentives, and benefits can be part of the equation, but for companies in this early stage providing equity can be a stronger draw and a better way to align incentives.

Structuring equity can be tricky, however. CEO equity typically dilutes common shareholders, so overly generous grants will hurt TTO investment returns. Too-stingy grants, on the other hand, may dilute the CEO’s stake to a pittance and therefore create a shift in allegiance. Entering into an equity agreement takes trust on both sides of the table, and when properly structured will anchor a commitment from the CEO and can propel the business and its leadership to the next level.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured attorney and start-up expert Dror Futter from Rimon Law to lead this highly informative webinar.  

Please join us for:

Crafting Attractive, Sustainable Compensation Packages for University Start-Up Leadership

Here’s a quick look at what will be addressed in this detailed session:

  • Review common components of a compensation package that include:
    • Base salary
    • Long and short-term goals
    • Benefits packages
    • Severance payments
  • Understand broader economic incentives that ventures can employ to recruit, motivate and retain employees.
  • Describe various forms of equity compensation and the economic and tax issues around each.
  • Define “employee equity budgeting” through the lifecycle of a venture and appropriate ranges for employee equity grants.

Meet Your Presenter:

Dror FutterDror Futter
Partner
Rimon PC

Dror’s practice focuses on representing start-up companies and their investors in their financing and merger and acquisition transactions as well as their intellectual property, IT and internet agreements. He also advises more advanced technology companies with respect to complex commercial and licensing transactions. Dror was the general counsel of Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company, the general counsel of New Venture Partners LLC, a venture capital firm specializing in corporate spinouts, and a Corporate Counsel to the CIO of Lucent Technologies.

Dror was the co-founding chair of the PLI VC Law program. He is a member of the model forms drafting group of the National Venture Capital Association, the legal advisory board of the Angel Capital Association, and the legal working group of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. He is a mentor at the Keller Center at Princeton University and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

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