Ep. 210 – Protection Against Business Catastrophe, Part 1


In Episode 210, your host and business coach Tom Ryan along side Jason Pyles interviews Melody Herman about the safest way to protect your business from catastrophe. Though it may not seem like the most urgent item on your to-do list this morning, you just cannot afford not to put a safety net in place for you business, your employees and your family. Let’s face it, there are events that could come along and completely incapacitate your company, and you’d sleep a lot more peacefully at night if you knew you had a back up plan. Thanks for listening!

Links for Today’s Episode:

E-mail: melody ( AT ) popbenefits.com
Tweet Melody at: @PopBenefits and @ISI_PSI
Instagram: @PopBenefits
On LinkedIn
On Facebook
Pine Street Insurance.com

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Ep. 209 – The Secrets to a Successful Kickstarter Campaign

SIBP-Blog-NEW-1 Start-ups are finding some creative new ways to get funding. Crowdfunding is incredibly popular right now so let’s talk about it!

In Episode 209, your host and business coach Tom Ryan discusses with Jason Pyles the secrets to using Crowdfunding or Kickstarter campaigns as a way to to fund your start-up. First, you set a financial goal. For example, you might set a goal to raise $50,000. People can donate toward you goal and receive rewards as an incentive. You might not have suspected, because the whole vibe is so chill, but there are some regulations that you need to check out and there are certain business types that tend to be more successful on Kickstarter, so be sure to do your homework.

Kickstarter has 13 million visitors every month. 80,000 projects funded so far. The secrets to a successful campaign center on how you spread the word. Next week we’ll talk about using videos to get funding. Thanks for listening!

Links for Today’s Episode:

Kickstarter Rules

Kickstarter Success

Kickstarter Projects

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Ep. 208 – Employee Stock Option Plans

SIBP-Blog-NEW-4Continuing our discussion of non-salary employment packages, we have arrived at another option: Stock Options.

In Episode 208, your host and business coach Tom Ryan discusses with Jason Pyles the ins and outs of Stock Option Plans. An employer may offer the option for an employee to purchase stock, sometimes even before it has gone public. This can pay off big time if the company sees a future of sky rocketing success, but more often than not, the stock ends up dropping in value. The stock must be purchased, it’s not just given. So it is a risk for the employee. Tom Ryan recommends that employees considering a stock option plan consult an attorney with experience. Thanks for listening! Continue reading

Ep. 207 – How Employee Equity Can Be Taken Away or Exchanged

SIBP-Blog-NEW-5Tom is dutifully soldiering on teaching us about employee equity. Today’s podcast, Episode 207, centers on how employee equity can be taken away or exchanged. Business coach Tom Ryan, as always, is joined by co-host and producer, the one and only, Jason Pyles. After announcing Tom’s new clothing line “Jack Squat,” the two dive into the topic of employee equity. Continue reading

Ep. 206 – Employee Equity Agreements for LLCs

SIBP-Blog-NEW-2We are continuing our discussion about equity today. After a serious look at the risks, you’ve decided that the only way to attract the talent you need for your startup is to offer equity in your company as part of the compensation package. There are only two small problems: You don’t know how these kinds of deals work, and you don’t know how to put an equity-tied deal together. How do you even determine how much equity to offer?

In this week’s episode, host and business coach Tom Ryan talks about the logistics of providing equity-based incentive programs to employees. As always, Tom is joined by co-host and producer Jason Pyles. Continue reading