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The bottom line questions is should I exercise some stock options I'm holding in a still private company?

I work for a startup and have a number of ISO stock options. It's not founders stock but I was in pretty early and the options are priced accordingly. My point being even if the company dies I would not be out much personal cash. If the company doesn't sell or IPO withing two years then the older shares would be long term rather than short term gains, right? Does it matter? Are there other more subtle tax laws I should be be thinking about?

Any insight will be appreciated.

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