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TC for a very small startup CEO

New 500k
Mar 14

Say 10 to 50 people startup, with around 10-50 million investment. I understand majority of the salary will be in RSU. But how much cash would they pay?
Just curious.

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  • Tinder / EngBatna
    180-220 base wouldn't be unusual for a startup that had its round A (or early round B).
    Mar 145
    • Tinder / EngBatna
      That's assuming it's a tech startup, though. This is the high-end of that scale.
      Mar 14
    • New 500k
      OP
      That's pretty low. Compared to what a senior engineer at a FAANG would get.
      Mar 14
    • Tinder / EngBatna
      Yep. There are two reasons to take that kind of job:
      1) possiblity of exit. Odds aren't great at that stage, but as always run the numbers yourself. Keep in mind the likely 60-70% future dilution. Figure out what their financing terms have been so far (in terms of VC liquidation preferences, etc).
      2) getting experience as a CTO in order to move up the ladder to progressively larger companies. A senior engineer at FAANG doesn't have a straightforward path to a meaningful senior leadership role (CTO/VP eng) in their own company, so hopping around other startups in those roles (and succeeding in helping the org scale/deliver product/etc) is a realistic (though still difficult) path.
      Mar 14
    • Mode DvVM00
      CTO at a startup is not a qualifying experience for VP at FANG. not even close.
      Mar 14
    • Google jardeen
      @DvVM00 is right. Can confirm, ex-CTO and now a SWE far from the VP :)
      Mar 14
  • Postmates dancingkng
    That’s a wide range on the headcount and capital raise side. If you take lower bound on both, i would say 200k TC. Upper bound I would say 300-350k TC. If you’re debating between this and a FAANG role in terms of TC, you’re doing it for the wrong reason. You’ll learn about everything at a small startup, whereas you’re going to be more experienced in the nuance of a certain field at a large company. There’s more upside at a small startup (comes with more risk obv), but the experience and tools you’ll gain are invaluable.
    Mar 141
    • New 500k
      OP
      Thanks, makes sense
      Mar 14
  • Oracle pzd
    I can provide one data point - the CEO (founder) of our series a (~10mil in investment) tech startup was drawing 220k/yr back in 2016.
    Mar 141
    • New 500k
      OP
      Thanks 😊
      Mar 14
  • Mode DvVM00
    should be at least a million. 200 in cash the rest in stock (presumed value at exit)
    Mar 140

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