FAQ

Are you making investments right now?

Yes! We are making investments on a rolling basis. Here is where you can start the conversation.

What is the ideal stage for investment?

Our ideal moment to invest is when the founder(s) has launched the first version1 of a product and started generating in the range of $500 – $5k in monthly 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.

This is the “center of the bullseye” for our fund but we are open to investing earlier or later.

What is the typical investment size?

We invest between $75k – $250k. This is roughly pegged to one year of living expenses runway for the founder(s) plus a sidecar pool of capital to make your first customer support hire, do some customer acquisition, or bring on some additional technical help.

How is the investment structured?

We invest using a Shared Earnings Agreement. It’s very different from SAFEs, convertible notes or any other investment structure you have seen. We call it “funding for bootstrappers.”

Do you invest in #{location}?

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 entity2 our friends at Stripe Atlas have generously offered to expedite their company formation services for companies we refer. Email us for more info.

Does my business need to be a C-Corp, LLC, etc?

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.

Is this an online course or boot camp? Will you teach me how to get rich online?

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.

Does Earnest cap my salary as a founder?

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.

Will there be mentors?

Yes, we’ve put a ton of thought into structuring a mentorship program that listens first to what founders need. Learn more here.

I still have questions…

Ok, that’s reasonable, Email us or Apply.


  1. Minimum Viable Product or otherwise

  2. Which is still our preferred structure