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Captain401 is Now Human Interest!

History When we started Captain401 back in 2015, our aim was simple: to provide small businesses and startups with affordable, accessible, 401(k)s. Nearly every option for obtaining a company-sponsored retirement plan was either prohibitively expensive, unnecessarily confusing, or just too time consuming to set up and administer (sometimes all three!). As a result, many companies… Read More

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Captain401 is Now Human Interest!

History When we started Captain401 back in 2015, our aim was simple: to provide small businesses and startups with affordable, accessible, 401(k)s. Nearly every option for obtaining a company-sponsored retirement plan was either prohibitively expensive, unnecessarily confusing, or just too time consuming to set up and administer (sometimes all three!). As a result, many companies… Read More

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Tax Deadlines for Startups in California

Taxes are definitely not at the top of any startup’s priority list, but you have to remember that company taxes are a high-risk, low-reward endeavor. You don’t get any kind of big reward for doing it right (and it’s probably not the part of your job you’re most excited about), but if you do it… Read More

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How to Negotiate a Startup Salary Offer

So you’ve got an offer from a startup, and the dream of wearing shorts to work, meaningful contributions interspersed with ping-pong games, and a move-fast-and-break-things mentality is within reach. But before you sign on, make sure you’re getting the compensation you deserve – and that means bargaining up from the first offer. While some negotiating… Read More

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Navigating Startup Equity: How and When to Exercise Your Shares

When you sign on with a startup, your compensation package may include some sort of equity in the company – either stock options or stock grants. You’ll need to review your equity package (and understand its tax treatment) or you’ll find yourself facing a really hefty tax bill. We’ll break down the financial ins and… Read More

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When is the Best Time to Join a Startup?

Are you looking to leave your big corporate job for a move-fast-and-break-things startup? Congratulations! Whether you want complete autonomy and high upside, or a lower-risk, more balanced environment similar to larger companies, the startup world can deliver. Though tech companies come in all shapes and sizes, there’s a stark divide in personality, benefits, and drawbacks… Read More

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Startup Employee Handbook Template

Create the best employee handbook for your small business! We know that the idea of writing an employee handbook may seem daunting, even boring, but that’s where we come in. With this template, we’ve done most of the heavy lifting, you just need to look it over, fill in some blanks, and tweak it to… Read More

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Human Interest Czarships: Office Tasks & Company Culture

If you work at a startup, you almost certainly take on tasks outside your role. Whether it’s the CEO cleaning up after lunch or an engineer running a demo because the only sales rep is sick, each employee is expected to pitch in when needed. In particular, until your startup hires an office manager, everyone’s… Read More

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Human Interest Communication Styles: How to Have Discussions and Give Feedback in an Open Office

Communication is crucial to any company, and especially at startups – when everyone can talk to the CEO, cross-team collaboration is the norm, and each employee has an outsize impact on culture, poor communication can fracture a company faster than any failed product. Open office floor plans, actively solicited feedback, and extreme transparency are startups’… Read More