Every situation is different so it`s had to give you a specific answer.
Generally, investors acknowledge that the people building the business will need some cash flow to "stay alive". On the other hand, investors don`t want the founders to "get rich" by collecting high salaries during the startup stages.
There are several other variables - which should be considered in your business plan which should describe how you (and your team) intend to use the investment capital to build the business and increase the value of it.
For questions about your sepcific situation, you can contact me privately.
I`ve read the post’s and see that many of you are versed in structuring start up`s.
I`m meeting with large companies that are closely related to a business that I have developed. They are interested in the project because 1. It is another service that they could offer. 2. It fills a need within their industry. 3. It will add money to their bottom line. 4. They will get additional exposure.
- Is there a rule-of-thumb % offered by the developing company?
Based upon the information you`ve given - a strategic partnership /alliance might be a good possibility.
What do you (your company) want from a relationship with them?