The paydays Uber & Spotify. The Uber, Zoom, and Spotify founders did exceptionally well, clearing well over a billion. Note that in the case of Zoom, the founder owned 19% while at Spotify the founders owned 28% and 13% respectively. A big exit is one way to have a great payday, but preserving as much equity as possible by staying cash efficient or raising at lofty valuations certainly helps.
Ping was the smallest. The smallest founder payday was that of Ping. Andre Duand owned 2% of the business but was still worth $20mm upon IPO. That’s a big departure from some of the billion dollar paydays, but still quite good.
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