Seems appropriate to place it in "Entrepreneurship" forum, please don't ban me, I'm not drunk The setup: 1) Four cofounders and one employee. Equal shares, so each gets 20%. 2) Project duration: 3 years (*** some observations later). 3) Monthly amount invested by cofounders: $500. That makes $18,000 for the whole project. 6) Location of business: a cheap place in EU. Doesn't even need to be in Eastern Europe, you can rent an 80 square meters apartment in a nice cozy village in Germany with below €500 / month: This one's 30 minutes from the center of Munich, I guess you can rent even cheaper deeper in the countryside but probably there's no need. 7) Intended product: proprietary hedge fund. We start with our own capital, each of the 5 guys (including the employee) puts $10,000 in an Interactive Brokers account. Target profitability is 50% / year. If we achieve that then the business is already self-financing (pays for the employee) and the =~ 18,000 can go in additional trading capital. 8) Target overall profitability: 50% per year on a $10,000,000 capital running for 5 years. At 20% commission that's 5,000,000 so each cofounder gets $1,000,000. 9) Target financial domain for the hedge fund: options trading. A) Expected demographics for the cofounders: - Experience as a quant doing options trading - Must NOT be working for or be affiliated with a competitor. - As close as possible to "overnight success" (which as you may know, takes 10 years) but not yet successful (I presume, since there would be no reason to associate with others in this case). Comments and suggestions welcomed.