I'm a co-founder of a startup, and I've been working on it for almost 3 years. The vesting term is 1-year cliff and 1/48 per month. So now I have vested 15%, and 5% not yet vested.
I need to quit the team due to personal reasons. What should happen to my vested shares? I'd like to keep them, but my co-founders want to re-purchase at $0.01 per share ($1600 value in total). Can I refuse the re-purchase option and keep all my equities?
Ideally this would have been spelled out in writing as part of your original documents. Often startups will have buy-back agreements or other provisions to address this very issue.
If you have no prior agreements, and you are in fact fully vested, then the shares are yours. For them to buy them from you they would have to make an offer that is acceptable to you. If you want to keep them that is your right.
Of course you can keep them - that is what "vesting" means.
I would respond with the following if I were in your position:
They could dilute your shares when you are gone - so figure out your response to that.
You will likely get nothing out of it.
It is probably good you are getting out given that
If these are options, then you would need to exercise the options.
If this is actual stock, then you own it and are under no obligation to sell it or forfeit it (barring any odd restrictions or requirements in your employment agreement).
Is the re-purchase of shares an obligation under the grant agreement or any other shareholders agreement that you entered into with your co-founders. Please check that. Also, is the price offered for your vested shares the current market value? You should not be willing to accept less than the market value for your shares, unless you have specifically agreed otherwise or the price of your shares is tied to your exit from the company.