As a startup founder you should seek legal advice about whether or not the vesting of startup founder stock should vest over time based on defined milestones. Milestone vesting links the vesting of ownership to the occurrence of specific events. This legal question gets frequently asked to startup lawyer Andrew S. Bosin who is located outside of New York City in New Jersey and represents clients across the United States, US, New Jersey, New York, New York City, Brooklyn, Albany, Syracuse, Buffalo, Connecticut, Boston, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Chicago, California, Dallas, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Austin, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City, Provo, Utah, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Provo, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kansas City, Nashville, Ohio, Idaho, and Alaska.
It is very easy to divide stock up among start-up co-founders. The problem is that most often vesting of shares is not tied to a milestone event required to be satisfied by a co-founder such as raising money or developing the product or reaching a sales goal. Rather, founders typically receive more stock over time for simply remaining with the company. If nothing is tied to receiving more stock and the founder does nothing detrimental to the company so you can’t force them out your going to be in a situation where one or more founders are going to continue to receive stock by the mere fact that they own the company.
The best thing that a new startup can do is to be conservative with issuing stock at the beginning to founders and directors and to require that any additional large chunks of shares issued anytime thereafter be tied to performance milestones. This accomplishes two goals. First, founders have to work for their shares. Second, you will attract smart investors who know that they are going to invest capital in a company where all of the founders are aligned with the same goals and objectives.
Please call Andrew for a free startup legal consultation at 201-446-9643.
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