What if I told you that selling a company for $40 million could net you more money than if you sold it for $200 million?
On its face, it sounds ludicrous, I know! But what's missing in that formula isn't the exit price, but how much of that exit we get to put in our pocket as we raise more rounds of capital.
More importantly, our opportunities to sell for $40m are dramatically more abundant than selling for $200m (or more!). That means every time we raise capital, while it sounds like we're improving our chances of an outcome, we're also reducing our options to find an exit at all.
CapShare released a study of 5,000 startup cap tables to determine how much equity Founders have at each stage of a funding round. ...