How much equity will venture capitalists want in my start-up?
Internet in Business mentor Bradley Feld responds to the following question from an inc.com visitor:
What is the typical composition of a start-up's stock distribution betweenfounders and employees and venture capitalists?
Bradley Feld responds:The initial split of stock among venture capitalists, founders, and employees can vary dramatically based on several factors. These may include but not be limited to:
- The experience of the founders
- The progress of the company
- The amount of money the founders are willing to invest in the company
- The quality and development of the company's marketplace
While there are no definitive numbers, in my opinion you should expect that most VCs will be interested in buying between 20% and 40% of the company inthe first round.
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