Co-Founder Equity Splits in Top SaaS Companies Often Aren’t 50/50

And Why It Matters For Your SaaS Startup

Here’s the list of top SaaS companies, with the corresponding equity splits from Crunchbase:

The Equity Split Doesn’t Matter Argument:

The Equity Split Matters Argument:

Why Top SaaS Companies Often Have Very Different Co-Founder Equity Splits:

Let’s start with the companies that have an 80/20 split in favor of one of the co-founders:

Now let’s look at the companies that have an 80/20 split in favor of two co-founders:

Now let’s look at the companies with a 90/10 split:

And now let’s look at the companies with a 50/50 split:

So which co-founder equity splits are most likely to lead to a successful SaaS startup?

90/10 splits in favor of one co-founder 80/20 split in favor of two co-founders 50/50 splits between three or more co-founders

Why? Because:

But what about the founders who want to make sure that they always have a 50/50 split in their company?

So what can you do about this?

Founder of Cudy Technologies (www.cudy.co), a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.