Compensation Guidelines for the Early Days

By June 14, 2018
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Suggestions for amount of equity to grant different levels of new employees


  • Lila says:

    How would you modify this for pre-MVP or for founding employees?

    • Gordon Daugherty says:

      Great question. Describing “typical” equity amounts for the founding team is impossible because the variables involved have such a wide range of responses. In other words, one founder might be working 80 hours per week with no compensation while another is working 20 hours per week and needs $2,000/mo in compensation (for whatever reason). As a team of full-time employees ultimately forms, the guidelines and comparisons to other startups start to make sense. Sorry I’m not able to help much more than that.

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