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The reason they don’t is because they already gave 50% to the investors. And it isn’t uncommon for companies with $30M or $1B exits for the founders to get nothing. I heard about a company recently where the company sold for $40M and the founders only owned 4% after years of raises. I doubt the founders got anything. Most of the time these companies are having trouble scaling sales.

That’s why I included investors. One could imagine a regime change where, given the market for talent, both founders and investors realize the need to carve out more for hiring equity, and value companies accordingly, especially in the BS early rounds where it’s not based upon any real financial metrics.

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