Working Through The Numbers on Ownership

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq., owner of Ask The Business Lawyer, is an award-winning business attorney, speaker, and Entrepreneur Magazine online contributor. She saves consulting and professional services companies time, money, and aggravation by serving as their outsourced legal counsel.

Posted on April 18, 2017 in Business Partners, Money & Finance

I’m often asked, “what’s a fair division of ownership between busienss parnters” and “how much equity should I give an investor?” The short and obvious answer is: it depends.

In his short post by the same name, David Ronick, founder of UpStart Advisors, illustrates how one entrepreneur thought through the process when raising capital, after initially sharing some of the ownership with key employees and advisors.

As David points out, each time you add more people to the mix, you dilute the proportions that the earlier owners were entitled to. 


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