Engineer #1 equity

New nsgh23
Aug 15, 2019 6 Comments

How much equity should i expect as engineer #1? VCs + ceo on cap table but nobody else. 1%? 5%? I'm 'lead' now with two contractors under me. I have 1%, should i be asking for more? Am responsible for entire tech stack at this point.

80k TC


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TOP 6 Comments
  • Microsoft / Eng cholical
    Is it a tech startup? Is there a cto/technical founder? If not, are you expected to lead the entire technical portion? If the answers are yes, no, no, then you should ask for a lot more.
    Aug 15, 2019 1
    • Spotify / Eng qbeforeu
      yep, important to know which of these roles you have
      Aug 16, 2019
  • Microsoft unfanged
    1-5% depending on your seniority and valuation of the company. Also depends on how many cofounders and total headcount so far.
    Aug 16, 2019 0
  • New / Eng

    New Eng

    1% could be fair depending on experience, but always fight for more. It’s not unreasonable to ask for a few percentage points as the first engineer, but what you have is decent.
    Aug 15, 2019 0
  • Lyft stnic
    I was engineer #1 at a start up that went through a few rounds, yc, etc before it died. I signed for 6%.
    Aug 15, 2019 1
    • Google / Eng fsck
      Was it worth it? Would you do it again?
      Aug 16, 2019


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