In the guest blog “8 Issues You Need to Discuss with Your Co-Founder” on CoFoundersLab, David Ehrenberg (CEO of Early Growth Financial Services) outlines several concerns that co-founders need to address before starting a joint venture. Here are some of the most important, theme-organized: Although there is no formal structure for a founder`s agreement, here are some things you should take into consideration urgently in your. It is an agreement that constitutes the rights and obligations of you and your co-founders to each other and to the company. It is wise to sign a founder`s agreement if you and your co-founder decide to create a start-up (or any company). An example of what this agreement contains is the vesting clause, which states that each founder earns monthly equity in the company (unlike everything he receives at the beginning). This keeps each founder motivated and prevents a situation in which a founder holds significant equity even though he left the company prematurely. In the meantime, you have a clear understanding of what a foundation agreement entails and its importance. A divestment plan determines when the co-founders become fully “vested” or acquire full ownership of startup assets. As a general rule, co-founders must stick to organizational plans for at least four years. A vesting calendar is also a particularly important “protection” for co-founders. In the absence of a formal vesting agreement, there is nothing to prevent a co-founder from quitting prematurely and taking his shares. There is no doubt that the allocation of equity may be uncomfortable. No one wants less than what he or she deserves, and no one wants to hurt anyone`s feelings.
Consider the close personal relationships shared by many co-founders, and it`s easy to understand why many rush into action agreements they later regret. 13. New founders. The written agreement of all the founders is necessary to authorize another party to this agreement. When a person who is not named as a founder joins the founders of the startup prior to the creation of the Corporation on the grounds that that person holds a stake in the Corporation when it is created (a “new founder”), the founders require that these new founders perform a counter-party and confirmation, essentially in the form of Schedule C, which is annexed here in such a way that that person is a party and attached to that agreement and must amend it. as a result. No agreement can define your mutual trust and mutual respect. Startups are tough journeys and there would be a lot of hiccups.
If you can`t trust yourself right now, now is the right time to part ways. But as soon as you commit to doing something, it`s your obligation to give 100%, not only for the benefit of the other, but for all the stakeholders who have trusted your vision.