Calm Company Fund Questions & Answers
Yes! We are making investments on a rolling basis. Here is where you can start the conversation.
Our ideal moment to invest is when the founder(s) has launched the first version of the product, started generating revenue, the trajectory looks good, but you’re staring at that long, slow, grinding slog of “nights & weekend” to get to where you can go full-time. We provide the capital for the founders to go full-time and the resources and mentorship to accelerate your business.
Like every investor, we will occasionally invest outside of these constraints so please don’t consider these absolute requirements.
We invest between $75k – $250k and can lead rounds of $500k-$1m.
We invest using a Shared Earnings Agreement. It’s very different from SAFEs, convertible notes or any other investment structure you have seen so please dig into the details. We call it “funding for bootstrappers”.
We are a remote-first operation with a (non-exclusive) focus on remote companies. Generally, we would like the answer to this to be “Yes” as often as possible.
Currently, we are able to invest in the US, Canada, most of the EU, Australia and New Zealand. Probably a few other places.
If you would like to start a US-based entity
our portfolio company FirstBase is the easiest way to launch a US LLC or C-Corp. Use the code “earnest” for $20 off.
Unlike traditional VCs, we do not have a strong preference for one particular business structure. A Shared Earnings Agreement works equally well with a C-Corp or LLC.
No. We treat you like grown-ups. Earnest Capital is, at its core, a service business. Our job is to provide you with as many resources as we can and make world-class mentors available to you, but we are not here to tell you how to run your business.
No. Our terms have something called a Salary Threshold which is explained more here, but the gist is that founders have full control over their salary.
Yes, we’ve put a ton of thought into structuring a mentorship program that listens first to what founders need. Learn more here.