This is an older article that still is relevant today. How do you split the equity when there are several founders involved? Often, a handshake creates an equal split. However, as the author points out, it may evolve that one or more of the founders are putting more into the success of the company. To come up with an equitable split, some questions include who came up with the idea, what role people will have going forward, how much is each one currently sacrificing for the company, and is there enough trust to make adjustments later on. The points in this are article are well worth considering before you close on a handshake.