Dominic Jacquesson, Director of Talent at Index Ventures, on employee stock options

Hiring and retaining talent is one of the most severe challenges of early-stage companies. Employee stock options are a fair, but often misunderstood tool for aligning interests between early employees. Fortunately, the Director of Talent at Index Ventures, Dominic Jacquesson has combined knowledge from both sides of the Atlantic and created a comprehensive guide called “Rewarding Talent” (Online Handbook; Quick GuideIndex Ventures OptionPlan).

In the podcast, Dominic shares his findings on the differences between European and US startups and gives tips for early-stage founders on building sustainable long-term relationships with its employees.

“We are very much advocates of giving something to everyone. It might be a small amount, but as you scale, try to make everyone an owner.”

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