I am working on my project full-time w/o income for a while, now it's getting to the end and I need someone with marketing experience to on board and help out, and a technical guy for final testing/polish, should they be considered as co-founders? I don't have budget to pay them at this moment. Or should I just dedicate a portion of equity to each of them for their hard works? both way, how much of percentage I should give them? they both have/keep their day time jobs
Mainly I liked Joel's approach and, for me, the co-foundership is directly linked to the risk and value (resources, contacts, collaboration on the solution building) each person takes on the project.
If someone adds value (regardless of the area or kind of resource) and is taking enough risk (you should reckon how much) he/she deserves to be your co-founder. But one point that may change your decision is: