FounderPool matches you with founders from your industry or adjacent verticals and/or complementary backgrounds and skill sets.
You get to connect with and rate founders and their companies. Pools are constructed based on mutual ratings.
Once you’re invited to join, you contribute upto 5% of the equity you own (your vested common stock) to the pool and get a proportionate amount of pool ownership in return.
FounderPool tools help you with Investor introductions, growth tactics, customer relationships and whatever else you need. Your pool is your personal support group that helps, inspires, and grows with you through your founder journey. Think of it as your team of Avengers or your own Paypal mafia.
Pandemics. Market crashes.
Unexpected risks always threaten your years of work and sacrifice
Engineer your own luck
Your startup may become the next great company. It’ll take years and sacrifice and opportunity cost to find out.
Use equity as leverage
FounderPool allows you to unlock the value of your equity and diversify your risk before an exit.
Advisors who rarely help you are dime a dozen. Founders who are in your shoes are the best resource. Share the best insights from the people in the trenches like you.
When you are part of a pool, every founder is incentivized to help you succeed. Your pool is your support network and your tribe. Share, educate and develop relationships.
by Paul Graham, Founder of YCombinator
If company management companies existed, there would be an additional service they could offer clients: they could let them insure their returns by pooling their risk. After all, even a perfect manager can't save a company when, as sometimes happens, its whole market dies... When you signed up, you'd trade your company's stock for shares of this pool, in proportion to an estimate of your company's value that you'd both agreed upon. Then you'd automatically get your share of the returns of the whole pool.Keep reading
by Chandra Duggirala, CEO of FounderPool
Startups require luck. All successful founders (those that have built “Unicorns”) had great skills and great luck. Skills need no definition, as they are widely understood and recognized. We know them when we see them, be it in engineering, product development, sales, marketing, or operations. But luck is hard to define, so I use Michael Mauboussin’s definition. According to him, luck has two key attributes:Keep reading
by Burak Yenigun, Founder at Stylus Capital
TL;DR: The world appears to be suffering from a shortage of entrepreneurs. The main reason is the very risky nature of entrepreneurship: Society pays average founder millions of dollars but pays nothing to the median founder. We could build a financial fix (a founders’ mutual) to ever so slightly reduce this risk. This would move hordes of talent from their safer BigCo jobs into entrepreneurship. It could also give society more innovation per venture dollar risked.Keep reading