Blog – Slicing Pie

The Illusion of Control

I hear this all the time from founders: “I need to have 51% of the equity so I can ‘maintain control!’” Yes, if you own 51% you will probably technically have control, but I cringe when I hear this because it ignores the real issue: do you deserve control? This is a more complicated issue […]

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The Problem with Equity as Compensation

When thinking about how to hire a team or acquire resources for your startup, it’s important—very important—to understand the difference between equity and compensation. I often hear people say that they are “paid with equity” or “earn equity” at their company. And, while it is technically possible to pay someone with equity, it is rarely […]

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Pie and Productivity

Slicing Pie is based on the unpaid portion of the fair market value of each person’s contribution. In a startup, time is one of the most common contributions from founders which means the first step in establishing a new partnership with a co-founder is to determine the person’s fair market salary. This is the amount […]

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Slicing Pie in Germany: Pre-Incorporation Agreements Available

Berlin: thanks to the efforts of Stefanie Strümpfler, partner of dextrae Rechtsanwälte · Fachanwälte, who customised for German founders the Cofounder Agreement template – German founders can now use the dynamic equity split based on Mike Moyer’s Slicing Pie method for their projects until incorporation.  This is great news for German early-stage founders, as it […]

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Slicing Pie in Canada

Mike Moyer, inventor of the Slicing Pie Startup Equity Calculator and JP McAvoy, a Canada-based Slicing Pie-friendly lawyer discuss the Slicing Pie equity model and considerations for the Canadian legal system.

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Having a Baby is Not a Good Reason to Resign

In the Slicing Pie model having a baby is considered “good reason” to quit and, therefore, the quitter gets to keep her slices in the Pie (subject to dilution when more slices are added by others). This may cause some controversy, so it’s important to understand what good reason means in the context of Slicing Pie and being fair.

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