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Investor Connect Podcast

Investor Connect is for investors interested in learning more about investing in startup and growth stage companies. Experienced investors share their experiences and advice with those who are considering an investment into startups and growth companies. It includes a podcast series of interviews with investors to inform others about the process of funding startups as well as a resource list and a discussion board.  

Topics include sourcing, analyzing, and researching companies. Other topics include valuations, terms Sheets, board of directors, board of advisors, due diligence, syndicates, venture capital, angels, angel networks, family offices, crowdfunding, exits, and more.

Investor Connect is a community program. We welcome your suggestions for speakers and topics which you can send to us through the Contact page. No registration is required to use the resources.  Discussion boards are available to post and answer questions about startups and growth company investing through which registration is required.

Investor Connect is a program under the Texas Open Angel Network which is a 501(c3) non-profit dedicated to the education around startup funding.

Disclaimer: Hall T. Martin is the Director of Investor Connect which is dedicated to the education of investors for early stage funding. All opinions expressed by Hall and podcast guests are solely their own opinions and do not reflect the opinion of Investor Connect. This podcast is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a basis for investment decisions.

Jan 31, 2020

I had a startup the other day approach me about investing. In the discussion it came up that one of the founders recently left and took half the equity with him.

It appears there was no vesting on the founders equity. Vesting means one has to earn the equity by continuing to work in the business over a period of time.

Founders think they don’t have to vest their equity since they founded the company, but it’s important that founders do so.

The primary reason is to make sure the founder stays active in the company for a reasonable period of time.

Other founders and employees will be working for equity so it’s not fair for a founder to stop working and take all their equity with them.

Investors funding a startup often require unvesting founders share and have them earn it back. If a founder leaves then the unvested shares go to those who continue to work in the business.

Even if there’s no investment driving the decision, founders should put an agreement in place that determines what happens if one of the founders leave.

With an agreement in place, a founder can leave at any point and his or her unvested shares will go back into the company.

This protects the founders and the investors.

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