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Help with an offer at pre-IPO tech unicorn. Current: 112k base, 15k bonus, 3YOE Offer: 120k base, 16k bonus, no sign-on, 70k RSUs vesting 25% after 1 year and 7% each quarter after that. I’d like to ask for 135k plus 10k sign-on since I’m forfeiting 5k bonus and another 8-9k in unvested 401k. Is that reasonable? I’d be ok with 130k and 5k sign-on

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In my experience (so this is 100% anecdotal), startups don’t negotiate on base unless you’re bringing a tech skillset (which you might be). Might want to push for more RSUs

If you believe in the company, ask for more equity - it can drastically outpace cash comp and will only be harder to get more as the company grows. Base is hard to negotiate with startups since most are cash strapped. Sign on bonus as a result is also hard to get.

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