The best way to make big decisions is to ask the internet. Numbers fudged a bit to anonymize.
How do I make the trade-off between real money and lottery tickets? What would you do?
I'd be really excited to work at all of these. Each one is exciting and with great people.
Apple Bay Area: TC 375k
Google Bay Area: TC 375k
Startup in Pittsburgh cash 270k, equity 800k/year
Current TC 160 (Bay Area startup)
- Google vqsx26Equity is fake money unless the company has an imminent exit event. And in some cases depending on the type of stock unit (RSU, etc) it can really fuck you come tax time when they vest, only to be worth nothing. 270k in Pittsburgh is "live like a king" money whereas 375k in bay area is middle class/upper middle class. So really depends on where you wanna live.
- Amazon newgradhelAre you nudging towards a team/city? Do you have a family? If you're putting the startups without a name, I'm guessing it's not a big startup. Personally if I was very interested in the startup, I'd go for that. I'd honestly think the equity as bonus coz 270k in Pittsburgh is a lot more than 350k in Bay area.