How to deal a Voluntary Exit from Startup

We are a 3 people company running from last 3+ years, we have our share holding agreement with equal share for each of us but no specific vesting clauses. Now i am planning to quit for personal reasons[ not fired ] . I would like to get money for the shares at the time of quitting, but company wants to differ it to a future date whenever they get an external funding citing lack of money now. What is the best way to handle this situation. Can i actually force them to pay at the time of exit or wait till external fund is raised

Equity Exit Startups Cofounder

asked Jan 25 '15 at 21:14
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It all depends on the exact terms of your agreement of course, but your issues are the same as most founders in your situation:

1. Your value your work and believe the company has potential

2. But the startup is still cash-poor since it's not making money

3. So no one can buy your shares at a price you'd like today

Frankly, the only sane option is to wait and sell your shares later, but relinquish control to the remaining two founders. Support them passively. Understand that a fair deal should have you lose some benefits since you are not actively contributing anymore.

answered Jan 30 '15 at 04:29
Alain Raynaud
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