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Getting offered equity for a startup I help out on the side and I’m not quite sure how to evaluate the offer as this is all new to me.

If they show the % of the company but not shares should I be asking how many shares that translates to?
Any tips on how to evaluate/ negotiate?

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No, it’s the % that matters. Shares are how many pieces it’s all broken up into, could be 100, could be 10,000,000. At the end of the day, all that matters is the %.

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just to add - you actually want a %. when they add more investors, they add more shares diluting your investment. when it’s a percentage, it’s always that %

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I was recently offered a job as employee #7 at a tech startup as Head of Design and offered .5% equity. Not saying that’s the % you should ask for (or even that that was a good deal - I didn’t end up taking it) just giving you a data point.

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Thank you for sharing! Super helpful

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