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Eh, it generally can make sense if you can get QSBS, as that is so favorable.

All said, the better companies offer partial recourse loans to early exercise.

My point is that most employees at most startups are going to join after the earliest days, with option grants that will have exercise prices that entail a 4- or 5-figure outlay to exercise. Maybe this is just the east coast, but I've never worked at a company that makes loans to allow for early exercise. I'm not sure I know anyone who has had this situation. Even early exercise is relatively rare here.

This is days later, so not sure if you'll see this, but could you explain what QSBS has to do with it?

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