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Equity vesting with unpaid hours

I've been doing freelance work for a start-up, but now instead I have been offered 1% equity into the start-up for the role of an advisor. The vesting schedule is 48 months. The expectation is for me ...
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Is there a way to tactfully decline a company trip (non-business), when it’s done by polling availability?

I’d rather spend a weekend the way I want to. Since it’s organized with a poll to know people’s availability, it’s not as simple as saying I can’t make it during one weekend.
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Can I work for ex-colleague's start-up with "non-poaching" clause - Is it enforceable? [closed]

I work as a staff writer for an online news publication at Company A in the UK. I have a friend who I met at the company who was senior in the PR/Comms department. They have recently left the ...
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Coworkers laid off in a small startup. Would it be poor form to ask the CEO in a 1:1 about it?

I’m a bit unsettled by the fact that one of layoffs is a surprise to me. Not on the same team but I’ve been on a work trip with him, and he seemed diligent. Would it be poor form to inquire about it ...
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YC startup has not delivered equity to me 6 months later [closed]

I worked for a YC startup for a few months, and we had a contract in which they promised me X number of shares, delivered monthly, for my work with them. Each month, they failed to deliver (via ...
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Why hire a junior in a startup? [closed]

There are many reasons why inexperienced people might be poor hires in a startup. What circumstances make hiring relatively inexperienced juniors a good move? Note that these circumstances should ...
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Is an employee responsible for damage to their employer's laptop due to wear and tear? [closed]

The key cap of my employer's laptop popped off. If I report it to my employer, am I responsible for the cost of fixing the damage? I know that large companies have It departments for dealing with ...
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Am I required to record doctor's appointments as absences?

I informed my boss that I have a doctor's appointment at 11 am and 5 pm on different days. He responded with the following message telling me to record my doctor's appointments as absences on my ...
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Can I continue to use American express card during notice period?

I have an American express credit card Mastercard from my employer which I haven't used. I want to know if I can use it without any consequences before my notice period is over? I'm thinking of using ...
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Bosses are simultaneously demanding I document my work, and also trying to prevent me from doing any work

My bosses are simultaneously demanding I document my work while preventing me from doing any work. I assume they are trying to somehow get around my 3 month notice period. They demand I enter details ...
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Can an employer exclude you from all meetings during the notice period? [closed]

After I refused to resign, I got put on my notice period which is 3 months. I have been excluded from all online and onsite meetings in the company, but I'm expected to report to my boss via chat, ...
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How best can I ask our CEO if they'd be willing to share financials?

I work for a small startup, with the usual startup incentives. I only have a very vague idea of how the company is doing. I enjoy my job and I have no intention of leaving. But knowing the company's ...
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Does a startup need a separate CEO?

I am the technical founder of a startup in seed phase. I will probably do all software development (except of graphical design) by myself. The startup is an innovative social network on blockchain. I ...
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What is my share of a SAAS startup that I developed the whole software from scratch as a partner? [closed]

A friend suggested an idea to me so we could use it in a startup company. The idea is to develop a SAAS and sell it online. I will do the development from A to Z. He is responsible for marketing, ...
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My offer letter doesn’t reflect what was discussed. What should I do?

I recently received an offer from a small tech start up that just received a round of funding to be their founding sales rep. It’s exciting and I verbally accepted the offer, however when I received ...
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What is a good way to approach a situation where my colleague never requests my code reviews?

I joined a small startup, and a senior software engineer colleague (we work on the same product) of mine never adds me the list of code reviewers. So far I’ve just simply not commented on the pull ...
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How to delay start date of new job? [closed]

I'm set to join a small tech start up in January 2023 but because of a health problem I need to delay my start date by at least one month so I can get treatment. How do I achieve this safely in this ...
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Are financial penalties common in job offers?

I am in the EU and I recently got a job offer for a remote role from a games developing startup. The contract however is full of very high financial penalties(tens of thousands of euros) on several ...
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If you can get venture funding for your startup, typically when is the founder allowed to pay themselves a salary? [closed]

If one person founded a company, which is an app / website, and pitch to venture capitalist, typically when are they allowed to pay themselves a salary?
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Interviewed by a junior developer, is it pride to not like it [closed]

So there is this startup that wanted me to help them in their site development. They told me that they are fundless right now and that I will hold shares and once the system shoots, I will have my ...
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For a startup with 3+ founders how can it be damaging if two of the founders are working more closely together than with the rest of the team?

I am part of a startup that currently has four founders. Initially I started working on this project with a friend of mine, later on we invited two more people to join us. Currently, the distribution ...
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Is it a good idea to refer a good friend who is looking for cofounders for his project to another good friend of mine if I care about our friendship? [closed]

A friend of mine has started a startup where he wants to develop a very technical product that requires quite a bit of expertise in cloud solutions. He asked me if I knew anyone who might be ...
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1-5% founding CTO equity?

I am a PhD candidate in a technical field who recently met two other folk of similar interest and embarked on an entrepreneurial endeavor. They are interested in starting a company that requires the ...
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How can the L2 support team gain knowledge about the product? - Scrum framework

This may vary from company to company. but in general, how is this done? Or, how should this be done? This question is somewhat related to this and this. But not the same. We have 5 dev teams and a ...
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Is it legal in Germany to start a project in Kickstarter while working in a company? [closed]

I live in Germany and have an idea to start my own business here. However, I am not sure whether I am allowed to do this while working officially in a company. I just want to share my project on ...
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How to interpret advertised salary range (at UK startup)?

Advertising salary range in job posting is becoming more and more common these days. Some of the ranges are very wide, say [x, 1.5x] (e.g., [60k, 90k]). How to guestimate the final salary that the ...
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How many project managers does a startup need?

I've worked at 3 separate startups, most had 1 - 2 PMs, usually roughly 1 PM per 3-5 developers. My current position is similar, there are 4 teams of 2-3 devs, each with their own PM. My friend's ...
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Startup going under - who owns the code? [closed]

I worked for a startup as a software developer. I never got an employment agreement. I never signed a NDA. I also never signed any non-compete document. In the beginning I was paid by direct deposit ...
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Received offer but stock options subject to board approval

I received a job offer from a startup. Part of my compensation is supposed to consist of stock options. I have received a signed contract from the company but the contract only mentions the cash part ...
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How do you approach a business partnership contract with a friend?

I am about to start a company with a partner who is also an old friend. We are both going to invest money and work in equal parts. While the trust is total, we are going to write an agreement to ...
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Difference between CMO, CSO, CCO, CRO, CBO and CBDO? [closed]

What is the difference between CMO (chief marketing officer), CSO (chief sales officer), CRO (chief revenue officer), CCO (chief commercial officer), CBO (chief business officer) and CBDO (chief ...
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Firing one engineer in a very small team who passed a non-running github project off as a finished prototype

So this is not my real account. Sorry about that. I run a startup where all fulltime employees also have an equity stake (with vesting and a 1 year cliff). One of the engineers we (I) brought on board ...
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Getting bad attitudes from some colleagues at a startup because I insist on using formatter and proper use of TypeScript

So I have been working at a startup for over 6 months now. Two colleagues already have expressed some aversions to using TypeScript or formatters such as prettier when writing code, but if you are ...
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What's wrong with this e-mail?

I'm going to send an e-mail similar to this to a stranger and am trying to increase the probability that the person on the other side will reply positively (or, ideally, send the floor plan ...
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Conflict of interests when interviewing

I work for a big company in a research department and am currently interviewing with a 10 people start-up in (roughly) the same industry branch. They're very relaxed and want me to give a scientific ...
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Should I create a formal entity (LLC) if I don't expect revenue or funding for a while?

I'm a software developer with a little bit of experience. I'm starting a project, and hope to bring it to market someday. There's a lot of work before getting to that point, and I'm not positive I'd ...
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Should I not leave my company when it is making progress? [closed]

I am working in a SAAS startup, which is around 4 years old. Most of the people there have no interest in the quality of work, rather they want more projects (more money in fact). Also, the pay that I ...
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Does it make sense to apply for an internship in a bigger, renowned company if I am already employed as junior in a smaller company? [closed]

I am finishing my master degree and currently employed in my area (Machine learning) in a startup. I know about open positions for an internship in the area in NVIDIA. I would really like to work ...
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Is it common to value startup equity on future expected valuations?

Disclaimer: The numbers are made up, but reflect the real proportions. I was offered a job at a startup, which just closed a financing round with $10M valuation and has 10M outstanding shares. The ...
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What are the questions to ask a pre-seed start-up in order to understand the value of the offered equity?

A start-up with pre-seed closing round average of 5 days is to soon begin its fourth and final pre-seed round @ $15M evaluation, up from a current $12M. Planned for Q2 of next year is a first Seed ...
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I was hired as a junior front-end developer and laid off after 2 months for lack of experience

I was interviewed by a startup founder for work as a front-end developer (ReactJs and firebase as backend), I was doing exactly what they would ask me to achieve on a weekly basis, I was paid 5€/hour ...
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Do leadership silos have a chance of being removed when the product stabilizes?

Background: I've worked in an Indian startup where the engineering VP was directly in control of his team of 11 members. Even if he appointed team leads, they never had any decision-making capability ...
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How do I wean off my main vendor (who wants to be my sole vendor) over time?

I have a startup project, and my (only for now) vendor wants to be my sole vendor. I am concerned about his behaviour if I want to work with other vendors in the near future. How do I deal with this ...
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How to deal with stubborn colleague?

A bit of context: I'm working in a small team of 5 developers at a startup. Our senior developer left about one month ago; he was by far the most knowledgeable of us in terms of the technologies we ...
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How to get Funding for My startup Idea [closed]

I have been looking out to asking the right person, only I don't know how to ask, hence I decided to make it an open question here and see who can be of help somehow. So i have always wanted to run my ...
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Startup titles for two co-founders where one is the official company director [closed]

I've just cofounded a tech startup company with a friend. Our roles are currently ambiguous and we will probably both be working on similar stuff to get everything off the ground. However, I am the ...
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Hiring unqualified people in a startup

I have a small startup and I need to hire people with a different skillset than mine. The challenge is to find people with that skillset who want to work in a startup. So it seems the alternative is ...
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What questions to ask when you are interviewing for your first CTO position

Working in a coporporate environment for pretty much most of my career, I am being interviewed for a CTO position for a startup. Currently, I am managing a team bigger that the team I will be ...
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Everyone in my department has left, what do I do?

I joined a growing startup (between 50-100 employees) a few months ago. Since I joined, the two other employees in my department have left and our manager has left. Main reason being they wanted more ...
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How is a salary package that includes shares at a startup evaluated in the long term, with respect to increases?

I got an offer from an early-stage tech startup and I'm trying to evaluate the offer in terms of salary and shares. To start off, I know that salary is immediate and generally guaranteed and shares ...
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