Starting a new business with cofounders? Then you need to know about Vesting Share Options Getting your structure right from the beginning can save you time, money and frustration down the track. Working with iLab we've recently applied a vesting schedule to our startup "focuss.me" Here is a short (a little shabby) video which helps to explain why you should look at a vesting schedule
With that in mind we've set up our company with it's 3 cofounders as follows: Equal shares - we all value each other contributions, so have agreed on a 3 way equal share arrangement. Our company has 300 shares, each of us with 100 shares each with a 4 year vesting period, vesting annually with a 1 year cliff. Included in this there is a buy back provision where the company is able to buy back the shares from the cofounder should they leave at a low share price.
So what does that mean: We all receive our 100 shares straight up, however their is a 1 year cliff, which means that if any of us leave the company within the first year, we relinquish all our share holdings. 4 year vesting period means, vesting annually means that each year a founder is with the company 25% of our shares (or in our case 25 shares) become realised. If a founder chooses to leave the company then they again relinquish any shares that haven't vested. A buy back provision simply means that if a founder chooses to leave the company after 2 years, then the company has the provision to buy the shares back off the founder before they can be sold to anyone else. I hope this helps. Don't let anything be a barrier to getting in the game.