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Changing the employee stock agreement after the A round for an individual hire probably requires a board meeting about that hire.

Don't take a job whose comp terms are incompatible with your goals; of course not. But again: be careful imputing intentionality. It's not a "red flag".

Once again I agree with the first part of what you said and disagree with the rest. Yes, changes in some of the clauses do require board approval, and no, I absolutely do impute intentionality to abusive contracts. It’s not like the company lawyers (and therefore founders) don’t know the details of the contracts: founders themselves sign some corrected variant of it. Therefore they do not get to use malice/incompetence platitudes in their own defense. I do now consider the presence of certain clauses in an option contract a _major_, deal breaking red flag.

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