Relationships between co-founders

How to set the foundation for future growth? Starting a company is an exciting and challenging journey that can bring co-founders together as they work towards a common goal. However, it can also be a stressful and demanding experience that can lead to conflicts and tensions between them. Several potential issues can arise, e.g.: different […]

Shareholders’ agreements in startups

Why are shareholder’s agreements so important and why your business needs one What is it & why is it important? A shareholders’ agreement is a formal written agreement amongst the co-founders, which can later include new incoming shareholders. The agreement concerns several key issues about running your business and consolidates the shared vision of long-term […]

Founders FAQ #8

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   My co-founders want to sell their shares and found a buyer with whom I don’t want to work. Can I force them to sell their shares to me first? […]

Founders FAQ #7

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   What if, after the fundraising, the investors think they can manage without me and decide to put an end to my executive role within the company? Is there something […]

Founders FAQ #6

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   I don’t feel like having someone checking on me all the time. Can we contractually agree on task division between me and the investor(s), and ensure I have enough […]

Founders FAQ #5

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   Can I remain the director of a company, even if I no longer have a majority stake? Can I still have a say in some decisions? Under Belgian law, […]

Founders FAQ #4

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   What kind of compensation should be provided to founders? How to ensure that it keeps them motivated? When launching a startup, founders often don’t get a salary out of […]

Founders FAQ #3

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   The investors don’t believe I can achieve the goals set up in my business plan and are trying to negotiate a lower valuation. This is frustrating but I have […]

Founders FAQ #2

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors.   Do I have to maintain a majority stake at all costs to keep control over my company? The question whether or not to keep a majority stake is a […]

Founders FAQ #1

The dups Founders’ FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions founders ask us about their startup, their fundraising or their relationship with investors. In this 1st question, we tackle dilution and how you can handle the dilution effect when you let an investor in. As a founder, I was heavily diluted in the […]