A friend of mine is starting his own company based off my proof of concept and we have arrived at two alternatives for me to help him out financially in this endeavor in regards to rental property he owns:
This way I free up the capital he has tied up in his rental property that he can now put into the startup instead.
I invest the ~$120k (that I would otherwise have used to buy his rental property) as capital in his startup
I designed the core product and services his company will be based off but don't want to be a co-founder/partner or hold equity (perhaps only sweat equity) in the business: his company will pay me in royalties and consulting fees.
Royalties, I believe, has all the upside (pure monetary income) and none of the downsides (liability in case of lawsuits, bankruptcy etc) of "investing" in a startup?
Before I went forward and got the ball rolling, I wanted the community's perspective and feedback on both the paths (and any other alternatives we might have not brought up)
I buy his rental property: he cashes out and uses the money as startupThis makes sense, if you don't want to take the risk of the investment into the startup directly. You have a tangible asset that you buy at its fair value that is worth its price. You also get a cashflow of rental income, and can resell it later to untie your own capital.
capital; for me, put up a ~$100k down-payment and the rest as a loan,
while the rental money comes in
This way I free up the capital he has tied up in his rental property
that he can now put into the startup instead.
he keeps his rental property and uses it (and the rental income) asThis makes sense, if you want to invest in the startup and enjoy the benefits of being the angel investor of the next Google. How much do you believe in it?
leverage for loans.
I "invest" the ~$120k (that I would otherwise have used to buy his
rental property) as capital in his startup
In this case the "invest" is not a proper way to think of it. Its invest, without the quotes. You will become an investor, shareholder, equity holder.
Royalties, I believe, has all the upside (pure monetary income) andMost ridiculous statement ever. How did you come up with this?
none of the downsides (liability in case of lawsuits, bankruptcy etc)
of "investing" in a startup?
Can this guy continue this business without you? If I was him, I would be worried that this business is built on your ideas, but you have no skin in the game. You are going to want to come up with a written agreement spelling out your path here.
And from your perspective, you really want to make sure that this is spelled out so that you are protected too. If you hand over these great ideas and a chunk of money and he runs it into the ground, or you guys come to a crossroads with how things should work, you as an employee receiving royalties, will have no say in this.
When working with a venture capitalist, they are going to want their hands in everything so that they can make sure it doesn't nosedive and they can help steer this so they can get their money out of it. That is their goal. If you are just looking for protection, do you really have confidence that this project is going to make it?
Either way, get it in writing so you both know what to expect.