FounderPool de-risks entrepreneurship
by pooling startup equity.

Plug into THE Founder network. Diversify your equity while benefiting from the knowledge, experience and network of top entrepreneurs.

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  • 200+
    companies participating in various pools
  • $5.2B+
    aggregate valuation of companies
  • $2.1B+
    aggregate funding raised by companies

Being a founder is filled with uncertainty

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.

  • Grow together

    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.

A Community of founders invested in your success

  • Learn from the best

    When you are part of a pool, every founder is incentivized to help you succeed.
  • Grow together

    Introductions to investors, customers, strategic partnerships, your pool is your support network and your tribe. Share, educate and develop relationships.

How It Works

Meet the other qualified founders in your category if you pass screening. Categories are by stage of company (post seed, series A, B) or by vertical (Fintech, SaaS, Biotech, Space tech etc) or a mix of verticals.

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    Rank your top founders/companies

    You interact with your favorite founders and rank qualified startups. So does everyone else. FounderPool’s algorithm invites you into a pool based on the Gale-Shapley algorithm for stable matching. Once you’re invited to join, you contribute upto 5% of the equity you own (not % of company) to the pool and get a proportionate amount of pool shares in return.

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    Join the pool

    You get pool membership which proportionately represents equity in all startups in the pool. You can focus on your startup and we take care of community and pool management. Once a pool is formed, new companies may be allowed in, with consent from all existing members.

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    Tap into THE founder network invested in each other’s success

    This is your own version of the Paypal mafia. Investor introductions, growth tactics, customer relationships and whatever else you need, your personal support group helps, inspires, and supports you. Think of it as your team of Avengers.

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What founders are saying..

and why they believe in the FounderPool vision 

  • "I’ve done equity swaps before with friends that trusted and who were building companies at the same stage as me. It’s the best way to hedge startup risk and get an advisor with a different skill set in your company. It provides a great incentive to help each other be successful as you scale out your companies" 

    Chris Turlica, Co-founder & CEO
  • "If founderpool had been available back in W16 when I went though YC, I would absolutely have participated. I also think this is a tremendous way to really bring the batch together and learn more about different businesses / maintain relationships for the long term. My perspective is something like this could also offset risk and incorporate diversification into a founder's future wealth pool while maintaining a strong founder community." 

    Matthew Dukes, CEO & co-founder
  • "The greatest trade-off with being a founder is to let go of opportunities to invest in other companies is due to lack of cash & time. Over the period of 5-10 years, there are at least a dozen life-changing opportunities that do incentivize a founder to go-to freelancer or investor round. My batch had at least 10-20 companies that I really wanted to invest time or cash but it wasn't possible due to resource strain but if there was an option to swap equity with the pool, we would've been very glad to do it. Like, give out 20% of my equity to other startups in exchange for theirs. This'll create a massive pool of strong founders who are able to grow"

    Haseeb Awan, Co-founder & CEO
  • "Starting a company should not be all or nothing. De-risking will open up entrepreneurship to under represented demographics, especially people who grew up in lower income households."

    David Park, Founder
  • "I believe that in order to succeed as a startup founder, you need to be incredibly hard working and creative at the same time. Hard work - that's on you, but creativity... Creativity is largely collaborative. I believe FounderPool can help me and founders like myself to be more creative, therefore find unique solutions to problems which we (mostly) can't solve by ourselves.

    Martins Bratuskisn, Co-founder
  • "I've always been a zero-hedge all-in kind of guy because I get max performance with that kind of commitment. I hope to connect with others like me and I can't think of a better way than to pool equity and invest along side fellow peers."

    Ben Chow, Founder of Friended

FAQ

  • How does the pool selection work? Can I pick the pool I want to be a part of?

    FounderPool creates pools based on peer ranking.

    All founders with a FounderPool profile get to see and rank their top 10 startups in their cohort, based on team, traction, product, vision and market. We also have events for one-on-one intros.

    Founders/startups with the highest rankings will constitute a pool. Those who do not get into the pool are welcome to try again, in subsequent rounds.

  • Is my participation private and confidential?

    Pools are private communities. Any information you share with other founders in your pool is confidential, and is not public. Your pool is your support network, which can help you with investor intros, hiring, partnerships, customer leads and any advice you may need in our startup journey.

  • Does participating in FounderPool affect my future fundraising?

    It shouldn’t. As a founder, you still have 95% of your founder stock. Having exposure to a small amount of equity in other startups should not compromise your focus or drive. In fact, founders tell us that being in a community of high performance startup founders inspires them to learn and do better. Many investors understand this.

    FounderPool doesn’t affect your cap table, as participation is done through a side note/pledge from only your vested founder shares. This converts to equity or proceeds upon a future liquidation event.

What Investors Say..

If you see an early stage startup that you really love and want to own equity in, FounderPool may work for you.

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The Pooled-Risk Company Management Company

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. 

Paul Graham
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Luck and Startups

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:

Chandra Duggirala

Fixing Founder Scarcity

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.

Burak Yenigun, Founder at Stylus Capital

Progress depends on tinkerers and entrepreneurs.

FounderPool’s mission is to reduce the risks of entrepreneurship and encourage startups. Built by founders, for founders.

Partners

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