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Enhancing the Co-founder Equity Split Conversation

Today we’re proud to release an updated Co-founder Equity Split tool. We released the first version back in November to help startup founders divide the ownership of their startup fairly and rationally among their team. Since then, we’ve been collecting feedback from founders about how it could better help them with their decision.

With this release, the tool gives founders

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Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business

We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation.

Many startup founders find themselves lacking clarity and direction when it comes time to divide their

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Do Venture Capitalists care how the equity is split among the founders?

People who tell you that VCs won’t look at a company with an even equity split are being silly. That has never once, in my experience, been even a slight hiccup, let alone a dispositive factor in a seed investment.

That said, there is a core of truth in the concept that there always needs to be *some* way to

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What is the “maximum” amount (%) of a startup an investor should have?

It’s generally not a good idea for an initial investor to own more than 50% of a company (although there are always special exceptions), because the odds are that by the time the company is fully funded (and hopefully successful), the entrepreneur/founder’s equity will be reduced to such an extent that it will have effectively eliminated an incentive for him/her

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