OCV Public Handbook/🔢Cap Table Concerns

Cap Table Concerns


Founder ownership stake

Under OCV’s operating model, founders would receive lower equity ownership percentages compared to traditional ways of founding a startup with two co-founders.
Lower founder ownership is a valid concern for future investors. It tends to be more pronounced concern in early rounds, and less so in late stages.
One of the investors concerns is needing a larger options pool in the future to grant refreshes to the founders. Typically, founders do not participate in refresh grants. This is counter intuitive, but common in the market.
As a result, companies may lose potential investor interests because of CapTable concerns. YC will also express concerns. We recognize this as a headwind.
For our model (high risk for OCV) to work, OCV needs the high ownership. We won’t do a recapitalization, but we are open to a slightly larger options pool than usual.

Investor concentration

Additionally, investor concentration may be a concern separate from founder ownership stake. New investors may see concentrated ownership by one investor as not having a diverse set of advice, opinions, and industry contacts.
The ideal scenario is for new investors to lead and participate in the Seed round to reduce OCV’s ownership percentage. In general, OCV is open to investing in or co-leading the Seed round only to support our companies. CEOs should feel free to leverage this if we commit but still try to find new investors to reduce investor concentration.
Our advice to founders is to focus on growth and grow fast to overcome these objections. Fast growth will overcome investors and YC CapTable concerns.