How much equity should a founder aim to have after raising a seed stage round?


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I'm looking to raise an early seed stage round from investors on Angel List. How much of my company can I expect to give up if I have *some* traction, but not enough for the business to be profitable?

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asked Mar 18 '14 at 10:57
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Darlene Huss
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There's no right answer for this - except for stating that it should be a mathematical business decision, not an emotional decision.

You'll probably benefit by reading this very good post by Joel Spolsky:
http://www.brightjourney.com/q/forming-new-software-startup-allocate-ownership-fairly

which deals with founder/employee/investor equity issues in early stage.

answered Mar 18 '14 at 11:30
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Nick Stevens
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