In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December 2020 #2


Some interesting links we found across the web this week:

What Will Tech Regulation Look Like in the Biden Era?
Dipayan Ghosh, a former technology and economic policy adviser for President Obama and the co-director of the Platform Accountability Project at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses potential regulation changes in the technology industry under the Biden Administration. The article shares predictions, which includes addressing data privacy concerns, breaking up tech companies that dominate the market and increasing content moderation and liability through reconsidering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Collaborating with Someone You Don’t Really Know
Organizations, especially startup companies, are becoming increasingly collaborative, and many entrepreneurs are inclined to dive in with a new collaborator after a haste introduction. However, bolstering a business relationship ahead of the collaborative project may create long-term benefits. This article provides five questions all collaborators should ask before starting a project with a new collaborator.

How Startup Entrepreneurship Will Change Post COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic forced all businesses to strategize traditional business model to adapt. This article peeks ahead to the post-COVID-19 era and discusses potential changes in a range of topics, including remote work, digital marketing and fail safes and backup plans. 

How to Calculate Your Business Valuation
Having an accurate valuation of one’s business will drive negotiations in all facets of the company’s business, particularly with venture capitalists. But how can entrepreneurs value a tech company where the valuation depends highly on the value of its intangible assets? This article provides ten different methods to conduct a business valuation. 

Why One Startup CEO Lets Employees Cash Out Every Year
Harry Hurst, CEO and co-founder of Pipe, provides several reasons for his decision to let employees sell their vested equity through company-managed secondary sales on the AngelList platform. And he plans to offer this opportunity every year. There are concerns that letting employees freely sell their equity may lead to losing control over the company’s cap table and provide negative incentive for employees to commit to their work. However, Mr. Hurst is adamant that allowing secondary sales will benefit not only the company but the startup industry as a whole. Mr. Hurst tells Axios in this article, his fundamental belief that the system works against the employees of tech companies, and it is time for founders to be more “team friendly.”

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