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Startups with Extended Exercise Windows

A list of startups that have employee-friendly terms for exercising your options past the (current) norm of 90 days.

For more information, read this post.

Companies

Name Exercise Window Additional details
Ada 5 years After 2 years of employment
Affirm 7 years After 2 years of employment
Alien Labs 10 years After 2 years of employment
Alloy 10 years
Alto 2 years After 2 years of employment
Amplitude 10 years
AngelList 10 years
Begin 2-5 years After 2 years of employment, with each year of employment adding another year to the window
Bonsai 10 years
Braid 5 years
Buffer 10 years
BuildZoom 10 years
Carmera 10 years After 2 years of employment
Carta 1 year for each year of vesting
Castle 10 year
Checkr 10 years After 2 years of employment
Cinder 10 years
Circle Medical 5 years
Clearbit 10 years
Clef 7 years
Clippings 10 years
CodeCombat 10 years
Coinbase 7 years After 2 years of employment
CoinTracker 10 years
Cymmetria 3 years
Desmos 7 years
Eve 7 years
Expensify 2 years After 3 years of employment
Experiment 7 years
Flexport 10 years
Ginkgo Bioworks 5 years
GiveCampus 10 years
Glitch 10 years
GoCardless 10 years
Gusto 10 years After 3 years of employment
Heap 10 years
Her 3 years
Hykso 3 years
Instacart 7 years
Intellimize 2 years
Ironclad 3 years
Kayako 10 years
Kickback 7 years
Kickstarter 10 years
Kite 10 years After 3 years of employment
Ladder 7 years After 2 years of employment
Lattice 3 years
Lawn Love 7 years
Lightstep 1 year
Mashgin 10 years
Meadow 10 years
Mixpanel 5 years After 2 years of employment
Neighborly 10 years
Niantic 10 years
Ockam 5 years After 2 years of employment
Omada Health 5 years After 3 years of employment
OneSignal 10 years After 2 years of employment
Open Listings 3 years
Opendoor 3 years After 3 years of employment
Outschool 10 years
Oxide 7 years
Pachyderm 3 years
Patreon 7 years After 2 years of employment
Persista 1 year
Pinterest 7 years After 2 years of employment
Postscript 8 years After 2 years of employment
Puppet 1 year After 2 years of employment
Quora 10 years
Razorpay 7 years
ReadMe 10 years
Saleswhale 10 years
Scale 5 years After 2 years of employment
Science Exchange 7 years
Seed 5 years
Segment 10 years
SigOpt 7 years
Snapdocs 10 years
Strava 5 years After 2 years of employment
Streak 10 years
Supply 10 years
Swing Education 5 years
Teachers Pay Teachers Practically forever Makes taxes slightly more complicated, but we offer a tax prep reimbursement benefit
Tettra 5 years
Thread 10 years
Tilt 10 years After 2 years of employment
TransferWise 10 years
Trim 7 years
Triplebyte 10 years
TrueAccord 7 years After 2 years of employment
Upstart 10 years
Wasmer 7 years After 2 years of employment
Wave 10 years
Wefunder 3 years
Zenysis 10 years

Previously-extended windows

There are some companies that started out with an extended exercise window, but reached some sort of endpoint (IPO, acquisition, etc) where an exercise window isn't relevant these days. It's still great to see these companies start from solid beginnings, though, so we'd still like to continue to acknowledge them here, especially since they likely have chosen other fair policies that still are important today.

Name Exercise Window Additional details
Asana 10 years

VCs

It's worth noting that Andreessen Horowitz has come out in strong favor of the 90 day window. If you feel strongly about extended exercise windows, it might be worth considering whether a16z portfolio companies are a good fit for you.

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