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Your bootstrapping equity-revenue model

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#financial sustainability#work equity#transparency#talent opportunity#a team without borders#philanthropy
Equity per task done
start with 0 (zero) capital and make your bootstrapped startup value grow with every task done.
5-Star Planet model is a guide.
Please consult a legal adviser before setting up your legal company in your country.

Change of perspective

From Classic Model: cutting and re-cutting a 100% equity pie, made out of shareholders who are investing capital,
To "5-Star Planet" Model: we commence with zero capital, and the value of the contribution will escalate with the completion of each task, quantified by a predetermined sum, and subsequently assigned to the relevant department or team. In this manner, the tally of current shares expands, facilitating a straightforward and transparent assessment of the startup's valuation.
It's a functional Joint Venture between Contributors. Because one of the biggest challenges for a startup is having a round table of professional people aligned to responsibilities.
You can also look at this model as a form of normalization and decentralization of the shares of a private company. In IT, "normalization" is the process by which a relational table, composed of a set of attributes, is decomposed into two or more tables, which will form the database. In our case, we will reassemble the startup and investors' table into new tables where contributions are pooled, based on departments, responsibilities, teams, or even other projects.

The Vision

Let's simplify the economy! We do it with a responsible contract that guides startups throughout their journey, for their entire life, and for the planet.
#Talent opportunity
   ◾ Transform anyone with talent and professional skills into an investor via “Equity for Task done”. A founding contributor is like a “know-how” investor, who puts on the table his time and his skills, valued as invested money.
#Work equity
   ◾ To share the revenues in an equitable and transparent distribution with the working team, each month, based on worked hours.
   ◾ Benefit plan for each task done.
#A team without borders
   ◾ Joint Venture between Team members, no matter their location.
#Financial sustainability
   ◾ Future profit does not belong only to shareholders, so we are limiting the shareholders to a percentage of the business value.
   ◾ 33% for the PAST, Shareholders = Founding Contributors
   ◾ 33% for the PRESENT, Monthly Working Team
   ◾ 34% for the FUTURE, Nonprofits
   ◾ The model is sharing the profit with the nonprofits. Embed into the business DNA the rule of sharing the profit with the nonprofits and social causes, chosen by each individual contributor.
   ◾ Each contributor selects a Nonprofit as beneficiary for a percentage of their contribution from the total work provided.
   ◾ One set of rules that apply to all.

Switch to Contributors

Build your team around your company culture

By emphasizing the company's mission and adopting a collaborative approach
   ◾ with ambitious persons who want to add their know-how and become investors
   ◾ with people who want to be fairly and transparently rewarded for the amount of work done
   ◾ with all those who want to have a direct impact on the social causes they support

Two types of contributions

1. Unlimited
   ◾ Agreement based on the hours/week and tasks to do
   ◾ Periodically re-evaluated
   ◾ Equity proofs signed off when tasks are completed
2. Limited
   ◾ Agreement just for a task or costs estimation
   ◾ Equity proof is signed off when task is completed

Equity per task done

How to calculate:
1. Unlimited agreement (example)
   ◾ Contributor assigned with 12h/week to one or multiple departments/teams
   ◾ 12 hours per week = 360€ per week, invested and distributed across the respective departments (assuming the agreement with that Contributor is, for example, 1 hour = 30€ by department)
2. Limited agreement (example)
   ◾ Task needed on a specific department. Let's suppose the task is estimated at 6000€.
   ◾ 6000€ will be considered as an investment in that department for the Contributor

What’s in it for me as Contributor?

   ◾ Before breakeven: The values of your task contributions are considered investments. They will give you later access to your share from the future revenues spilled in the Founding Contributors Pool.
   ◾ Breakeven: when monthly revenues cover the values of all tasks in a month, by department.
   ◾ After breakeven: Your contribution is paid with the revenues generated within the Contributors Pool.
More money spilled, more gain for everyone

What’s in it for my community?

Each month each Contributor will choose a Nonprofit or a Social Cause where your startup will make a sponsorship, corresponding to the percentage of his Contribution for that month.
Value of the sponsorship = directly proportional to the company profits and with the Contributor's value

Discover the benefits as a business!

1. Cost reduction! A single contract with all contributors and administrative expenses significantly decrease! No employees, no headaches with complicated contracts.
2. Complete transparency! Simple and efficient! With task management, everyone will understand the value of contributions in each department or team.
3. Instant commitment! The plan that provides direction and creates a strong community from the beginning. Let's build the future together as a successful startup!

Profit appropriation

The primary goal of a business is undoubtedly to generate profit.
5-Star Planet embarked on defining enterprises with two major challenges in mind:
  ◾  firstly, to distribute the profit in an equitable and sustainable manner to everyone who contributed to its realization;
  ◾  and secondly, to allocate a percentage of the profit to non-profit organizations, chosen by each contributor.
We focus on startups, as they are the future companies and corporations. The way they grow is crucial and will define the trajectory of the enterprise even in its mature phase.
It is also essential for an enterprise to establish through a contractual commitment the distinction between the founding members and the recovery of the investment, that is, the PAST, versus what the company can offer in the PRESENT and its contribution to the community it is part of, namely the FUTURE.
Therefore, we are considering a joint commitment of all business participants in these directions.
33% - Founding Contributors
33% - Working Team by Department
34% - Contributors favorite Nonprofits
These percentages embody the commitment of GROUPnTRAVEL startup and are showcased for illustrative purposes. Every startup has the flexibility to define its own commitments, based on the industry it operates in and its business plan.
Revenue Distribution


Get for free, your Legal and Financial guiding templates, for your startup entire lifetime:
  −  One unique universal excel for your equity tasks management and share revenue rules.
  −  One size fits all transparent contract for the legal administration of all contributors, including founders, investors, mentors, programmers, testers, or any other individuals involved in the project.

Task management

An excel file with pre-filled formulas to help you manage your Contributor's tasks and review how equity is calculated
Sheet 1. Add your main startup commitment
   ◾ the percentage for the Founding Contributors
   ◾ the percentage for the Working Team (Department contributors active in a month)
   ◾ the percentage for the Community and the Planet
Sheet 2. Add the percentages for all your startup departments
Sheet 3. Start adding new lines when tasks are completed
Sheet 4. A list of the equity value for all contributors, along with the corresponding percentages for the nonprofits earnings
If you provide us with your feedback and consent to store your email address to keep you updated on the latest model updates, we will, in turn, grant you access to the
This Excel template is offered to you for free by the courtesy of Financial Advisor and Auditor.
Furthermore, we are developing aspects related to the revenue distribution for monetized startups, taking into consideration factors such as the break-even point, return on investments (contributions) and benefit plans. We will notify you when it becomes available for download.

Team agreement

A Team Agreement for your Startup and for all the Contributors.
The Team Agreement is provided only upon request, to the startups that wish to certify themselves and thus implement the 5-Star Planet model in their company's organization.
This legal template will be generously provided to your startup for free.

Terms of use

You can use the excel file calculation model for free. However, if you want to mention or as your startup equity model, you must declare at least 10% startup commitment for the planet and community.

Glossary of Terms in the Context of "5-Star Planet"

Startup = A project, an idea or a private enterprise in its early stage, with or without legal identity.
Contributors = Natural or legal persons who contribute to the development of the Startup, in the form of collaboration.
Shares (Equity, Percentages) = In this context, it refers to a percentage share of the total revenues.
Tasks = Execution of a Task assigned to a Contributor, with a fixed total cost or fixed hourly rate, and an estimated number of work hours.
Equity per Task Done = The model does not involve the transfer of Shares or social parts, but is a contract that links the future revenues of the Startup to the Contributors. Each contribution is represented by a Task and, having a fixed value, is accounted for as an investment in a department of the Startup.
Bootstrapping (Self-Funding) = A Startup that operates solely based on financial support or in-kind contributions (such as resources, equipment, or services) from friends, family, and acquaintances, without resorting to external capital investments.
Breakeven = The moment when the company covers all monthly costs of tasks from its own revenues.
Recovery of invested capital = The moment when the Founding Contributors manage to recover their initial investments from the Startup's revenues, according to their share in Shares (Equity).
Pre-Breakeven Contributor (or Founding Contributor) = An individual who offers time, expertise, or covers certain costs until reaching the breakeven point, in exchange for Shares (Equity).
Post-Breakeven Contributor = An individual who offers time and expertise after the breakeven point, being compensated in money and benefits according to the contributor compensation plan.
Team Agreement = A joint venture contract between the Startup and each Contributor individually, adhering to the same set of general rules and commitments, applicable to all Contributors of the Startup as well as the revenue distribution of the Startup.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does 5-Star Planet actually represent?
Answer: 5-Star Planet is a firm contract that the established startup signs with all its Contributors. If you have a startup and are considering such commitment, please contact us, and together we will discuss the 5-Star Planet certification process for your company.
What role does this contract play?
Answer: This contract guarantees the commitment of the startup and the adherence to principles of revenue distribution, costs, profits, and contracts between the company and all its contributors.
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