I want to work with someone who has faith in me and values my contribution. If you’re negotiating my equity percentage by nickels and dimes, I probably don’t want to work with you.
If you offer me 1% of the equity, I’ll do 1% of the work. If you offer me 25% percent, I’ll do 25%. If you offer me 60%, I’ll insist on only taking 25% and I’ll work 24/7 for you.
Amen. I get 4-6 offers a month to be someones technical co-founder. I can’t tell you how little thought most people put into their offers. They think that I’m lucky to be given the chance to work on their $1B idea.
And please, for the love of god, don’t tell me all the hard work is done because you put a lot of thought into the data model.