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Slicing Pie

Funding Your Company without Funds
Narrated by: Kevin Young
Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
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Publisher's Summary

You and a partner go into business together and split the equity 50/50. You do all the work and your partner slacks off. He owns half your business - now what?

Slicing Pie outlines a process for calculating exactly the right number of shares each founder or employee in an early stage company deserves.

You will learn:

  • How to value the time and resources an individual brings to the company relative to the contributions of others
  • The right way to value intangible things like ideas and relationships
  • What to do when a founder leaves your company
  • How to handle equity when you have to fire someone
  • Important issues to discuss with your lawyer
  • Much more

Research shows that dynamic equity split models, like the one outlined in Slicing Pie, is the best way to avoid conflicts as the company grows. The new and improved Version 2.3 contains updated information about legal issues, idea valuation, retrofitting, and much more!

©2012 Michael Moyer (P)2014 Michael Moyer

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Valuable advice

Loved it.
It didn't have any filler chapters which was great, just valuable, straight forward and direct advice.

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  • Nation
  • 13-11-2014

I use to hate the idea of having partners

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, especially for those who are open to starting a company with partners or joining one early on. This provides a framework for making sure everyone can do the best they can and end up happy with the results.

What other book might you compare Slicing Pie to and why?

I do not know of any other books that talk about dynamic equity splits.

Have you listened to any of Kevin Young’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not that I know of

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A system for accounting for the unknown.

Any additional comments?

Many of my friends have divided the pie too early & too late. This idea of setting up a system to make sure the company equity is divided in a predictable way is wonderful. It also sets the incentives up so that people want to keep working & how to deal with when someone wants or needs to leave.

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  • Christopher
  • 15-01-2016

Good, but would like to see a second edition...

... because I read on the author's own blog how times have changed and he would have taken things out of the book or change them if you were to do it again. Let's get that knowledge out there. And also let's get a few variations that can work with founders who are also investors and/or incubators or Startup studios.

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  • Jamie
  • 05-06-2015

Literally, how to answer the million dollar question…

I found this book to be an excellent resource to help change a qualitative equity division process into a very fair and quantitative equity process. Dynamic equity allocation is definitely the only way to go!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-11-2019

Great approach to really fairness on equity

It truly makes it simpler to split the equity and treat everyone fair regarding allocation of equity

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  • Laura Kelsey
  • 17-10-2019

Thank goodness Slicing Pie was recommended to me!

I am so grateful that a recent networking contact recommended this book to me. I’ve been bootstrapping my company for a little over a year and this book has finally given me some help and clarity on how to grow and take next steps. I would strongly encourage any entrepreneurs working on an early stage start up read this book!

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  • Riccardo
  • 06-10-2019

And remember!! Give this book to anyone you know!

There is no need to literally remember in every chapter to refer this book to other people. If the content is good, I would do it anyway.

The overall idea is quite good, and the structure presented also OK.
Still recommended since it’s a short 4h book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-2019

Thought Provoking/Nice Alternatives

Perfect length, thought provoking ways to handle equity buildup. will need to send a few questions about sweat equity for book 2!

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  • Daryn
  • 21-07-2015

way overdue

Would you listen to Slicing Pie again? Why?

Yes, The questions addressed were the ones I had been asking myself for quite some time.

What did you like best about this story?

The content is key and the system really works.

Which scene was your favorite?

when he said "there's a word for that kind of person, they are an explicative

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

if your grappling with the question how to use equity to build a company this is a must !

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  • John Padgett
  • 19-06-2015

Informative and to the point

Easy to understand and very informative. Good examples to explain the concepts. Occasionally glosses over a concept where an example would be helpful - but overall very good book for startups. Must read.

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  • Ezra
  • 29-03-2015

Awesome conceptual book

A great read for those hungry entrepreneurs that are looking for more insight on business and company development. Definitely exceeded my expectations. Short, simple, and to the point. Great references

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  • sunny summers
  • 10-12-2015

Great book

Interesting and useful. Good supporting material online. I strongly recommend for people looking to start a new business.

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