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March 1, 2024 - VentureBeat

How tech and game devs should view stock options at tax time | Scott Chou interview

Stock Options are a fairly common benefit at many tech start-ups, but many employees don’t know how to take advantage of it. As companies approach IPO, stock option exercises become more important than ever, but also more expensive.

February 2, 2024 - Fortune

More tech startups are expected to IPO this year–but stock option decisions are becoming more complicated for their employees

The IPO market has been lackluster for the past couple of years due to higher interest rates and a difficult public landscape. However, as sentiment has begun to shift, and more and more companies are either filing or predicted to IPO in 2024, many employees might find themselves asking these “What now?” questions.

December 4, 2023 - Asset Digest

The Overlooked Asset: Why Stock Options Deserve to be in the Spotlight

Today’s workers place a premium on their work-life-balance, flexible working environments, with workers willing to take an average pay reduction of 18% for remote work. However, the potentially most lucrative item in the benefits section is often the one that gets overlooked: Company Equity.

November 6, 2023 - Forbes

How You Can Take Advantage Of Your Employee Stock Options

It’s estimated that only half of employees understand the benefits their employers offer, and stock options are among the more complex perks available to an employee. With all that in mind, it’s no wonder that the majority of employee stock options expire unexercised.

August 28, 2023 - NYWeekly

Demystifying Employee Stock Options: How ESO Fund Makes Dreams Accessible

No other employee benefit does more to incentivize top talent than employee stock options, but it doesn't come without risks. ESO Fund provides a solution for startup employees—one that removes the risk of exercising stock options and gives employees the benefits.

May 26, 2023 - TechBuillon

Unlocking the Potential of Stock Options in a Downturn: How ESO Fund Empowers Tech Employees

While the current market downturn may seem discouraging, it actually presents a unique opportunity for employees to exercise their stock options.

April 19, 2023 - Disrupt Magazine

Navigating The Risks And Benefits Of Stock Options: A Guide To Maximizing Employee Equity With ESOFund

“Our goal is to help employees make the most of their equity compensation. We believe that every employee deserves the opportunity to maximize the value of their stock options." - Scott Chou

March 9, 2023 - Barchart

How Economic Conditions and Market Sentiment Impact the Venture Capital Industry

Venture capital has been heavily impacted recently due to changes in interest rates and general market confidence. Scott Chou, the founder of ESO Fund, states, “Unfortunately, this investor flight to safety will result in a significant culling of the unicorn population.”

January 10, 2023 - Yahoo

ESO Fund Launches "ESO's Monthly Start-Up" Newsletter for Startup Employees

We have launched a Newsletter! You can subscribe here to receive each new edition on the 1st Tuesday of every month: SUBSCRIBE!

June 23, 2022 - Seeking Alpha

ESO Fund Raises $200M in 5th Fund to Help Startup Employees Exercise Stock Options

Fund V exceeded its target and raised an oversubscribed $200 million fund of limited partner committed capital with strong support from ESO's longstanding investors as well as notable new investors.

September 20, 2021 - Forbes

Financing Stock Option Exercises In Private Companies: Insights From A Top Financial Advisor

Private company employees face a liquidity issue compared to public company employees as their equity is not freely tradable. Learn from a "Top Financial Advisor" about how startup employees can finance their stock option exercises.

August 18, 2021 - The Entrepreneur

3 Things Startup Employees Should Know About Stock Options and Risk Mitigation

Stock options have made millionaires out of startup employees. So, why are employees opting out of exercising their stock options? Learn how cost, risk and lack of information lead many employees to leave their equity on the table, and how ESO Fund helps employees mitigate these issues.

July 30, 2021 - Forbes

How AI Is Making Employee Equity More Accessible For Startups And Their Teams

ESO Fund leverages technology to quickly assess company health and help employees access their equity, risk-free.

December 8, 2020 - Business Insider

ESO Fund Raises 4th Fund to help Employees Exercise Stock Options

Since 2012, ESO Fund has raised 4 funds with the goal of helping employees exercise their stock options and reap the rewards of their hard earned equity.

December 14, 2019 - Business Insider

I didn't have the cash to exercise my startup stock options. This Silicon Valley fund offered a way to do it without burying me in debt.

Learn more about how ESO Fund helped this employee exercise their stock options risk free.

March 4, 2019 - Venture Capital Journal

ESO Fund raises funds for financing employee stock option purchases

Since 2012, ESO Fund has supported more than 850 employees at more than 350 companies. Founded by Scott Chou, Stephen Roberts, and Jimmy Lackie, the firm has raised 3 funds including a $75M Fund II and $100M Fund III.

June 19, 2015 - Forbes

7 Steps to Monetize Your Shares In A Company

Learn how to best monetize your shares in a private company before the company reaches IPO.