How Much Equity to Give Up

How Much Equity to Give Up

March 3, 2020 by investor

How much equity should you give up to the investors?

Friends & Family Round: Less than 10% most often in the 5-6%
Angel Round: It’s 20-25%
VC Series A Round: 25% to 30%

It’s important to keep the founders motivated so if too much equity goes to investors, there’s little incentive for the founders to keep going.
As a startup, you want to see value from the investors in addition to funding.

Typically, family and friends can only help a little.

The startup can also use a convertible note which is a debt instrument that converts to equity later. This delays the valuation discussion until the startup has built products, closed customers, and the values in the business are more clearly defined.

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