Austin Startup Week 2021 Austin Startup Week 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021

- CDT
Joining an Early Stage Startup: How to Think About Career Growth and Equity
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Gordon Daugherty (He/Him)
Gordon Daugherty (He/Him)
Capital Factory, Co-Founder & President
Joelle Vail (She/Her)
Joelle Vail (She/Her)
Capital Factory, COO
Riana Lynn (She/Her)
Riana Lynn (She/Her)
Journey Foods, CEO
Sara Brand (She/Her)
Sara Brand (She/Her)
True Wealth Ventures, Founding General Partner

According to Axios, women represent 13% of startup founders but own just 7% of founder equity and women make up 34% of startup employees but hold only 20% of startup employee equity. Explanations for these numbers include female founders selling larger stakes to investors than their male peers, founding teams not giving the same amount of equity, and that women are underrepresented among startup employees with large equity grants.

In this panel, we will address the guidelines for equity for startup founders and employees from Seed to Series A funding. This panel will discuss how startup employees can assign value to the quality of stock they can get, how to determine how much your equity will be worth in the future, and lastly, discuss why startup founders should structure employee option pools in a way that will help close the gender wealth gap.