How much equity should I offer my technical co-founder?

As Hrishikesh Kamat points out above the amount of equity offered a technical co founder should consider the unique value that individual brings to the venture as he aptly states “quality and credentials” will dictate the offer.

It is important to strike a balance between a fair offer of equity and one that does not deter quality candidates. Further considerations should be made to whether the if you’ve raised funding or have revenue which could persuade a technical founder to reduce their equity claim given that they may be subject to less risk. Also consider how much foundational work has already been completed prior to bringing the technical cofounder on board. If the technical co founder is vital to moving forward you may want to consider investing in a higher equity stake given the person has the right quality and credentials.

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