@ebay: Uber is paying the stocks in RSU, so to own the stock, you just need to get over the vesting cliff(usually 1yr) for the stock to vest. At Rubrik, you get options. Options become stock only when you purchase them from the company at the strike price(7.6$ per share). If you don't purchase options and leave the company, you lose them. Therefore the gain at Rubrik is (11.5 - 7.9) per stock, ie; 3.6$, meaning the spread between current value and strike price is small.