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Slicing Pie Handbook: Perfectly Fair Equity Splits for Bootstrapped Startups Paperback – September 21, 2016
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I read the entire book in one sitting. Everything resonated with me as I reminisced over the past 7 businesses that I've been part of over the years. Even though the most recent business is the only one where I had a serious partnership dispute, all the past partnerships could have been handled better and more fairly if we had the kind of moral and pie slicing agreements that this book discusses.
I fully employed Slicing Pie model in my latest (8th) business, and despite the typically life changes that sometimes happen between equity holders (one person had to leave for family issues, another couldn't contribute time after the initial push), there were zero issues or turmoil, because we had a fair agreement in place from the get go. Profit sharing distributions were even fairly made to those that had to leave early.
I really like the fact that the book distills the most common partnership scenarios down to basic formulas for determining everyone's slice of the pie. I see myself using Slicing Pie as the moral operating agreement for future ventures. It really covers a lot of scenarios in a much more simple way than any other business structure advice that I've heard before.
There might be exceptional circumstances that might make things more risky later in time than before. But in general risk should decrease overtime. Even if the company is at the brink of failure, it is much more clear on how much risk you are or aren't taking on by having the opportunity to decide whether to join later rather than earlier.
Ideally the multiplier will be completely floating to account for that. However I do agree it is very difficult and completely subjective to judge what would be the right multiplier for a particular circumstance. And hence making it a variable highly susceptible to abuse.
I suppose entrepreneurs will have to look into a fair scheme to compensate for this shortfall in the model, until a well accepted update to the model is available which hopefully incorporates this aspect into the calculations. But regardless, I agree that this is much closer to fair than what a fixed model would allow for.