Vesting Schedule for an initial "100% CTO"


Classic case startup, 1 biz-dev + 1 techie. The 1 techie gets to be the lone warrior to build the entire contraption. The gut rule seems 50-50, but there are complications with that. What's a better vesting schedule or ownership compensation or way to split this up.

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asked Dec 15 '11 at 12:57
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  • Wnat complications? – Net Tecture 12 years ago

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While you are building the "entire contraption" - who will be:

  • finding users
  • finding customers
  • selling the product
  • dealing with the financials
  • dealing with the legals
  • dealing with marketing
  • etc?

You should probably read Joel Spolsky's comments on whether equity should be "fair".
answered Feb 16 '12 at 21:30
Nick Stevens
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It's a tough call really. I don't have any links handy, but I've read of people in similar situations having the Biz-dev guy throw in some start up funds (or extra funds if both sides are already putting something in). Nothing major ($2-5k maybe), and they're to be used solely for server/software/hardware costs the techie encounters.

answered Dec 18 '11 at 17:39
Eric Brandel
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