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Equity Compensation in start up for CFO/COO

I am joining a startup company as CFO/COO. The company has raised some initial angel financing, but needs to raise additional funds before salary can be paid. Salary would be accrued, and I realize it may get nixed as a condition of additional financing. I am being offered equity in the company, however I am not sure what the current thinking on percent to be received. In the past I have received anywhere from 4-7%. Any thoughts are appeciated.


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Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

I believe you are in the correct range. I have used 5%.

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Simon Westbrook
Title: CFO
Company: Aargo Inc.
( CFO, Aargo Inc.) |

Your accrued salary will likely be converted as a condition of future investment. Depending on where your accrued salary sits in relation to market rate, this could also affect where you are in the range you suggested.

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Dana Price
Title: Vice President, M&A
Company: McGraw Hill Education
(Vice President, M&A, McGraw Hill Education) |

I have seen around 5% as well.


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