The list below shows founder ownership of the last 120 SaaS companies at IPO. The median level of founders ownership shown is 14% while the average is 19%. Note the ownership is combined for the corresponding founders shown.
Bootstrapping. Viant was built with no VC. As a result, the founders own 93% of the business. While it may take longer and be harder, I can promise you the founders of Viant don’t regret the ride.
VC own 56% on median. Most founders should get used to the fact that if they raise significant capital from VC, then VC will come to own the majority of the company. However, that doesn’t mean they have control, as many of these companies have founders that own a class of stock which still controls voting.