Tech friends with equity experience. I need help.

Just got an offer for a Series B startup where I get to choose from 3 options:

- 150k Base & .06% Equity (amounting to $150k)
- 135k Base & .07% Equity (amounting to $195k)
- 125k Base & .09% Equity (amounting to $250k)

The equity is based on the current stock price over a 4 year period. Numbers are tweaked slightly.

Which would you take and why?

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Personally, the option with the lowest base and highest equity. The point of joining a startup is for the high growth potential of equity.

You could get a large base salary elsewhere

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^ this

I'd go with the middle one to take a balanced approach because it's a startup. Yes, it could flourish, but it could also tank.

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How does equity work if they don't end up IPOing or getting acquired?

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Lolll it was a genuine question 🥲, I was wondering if companies ever have to "buy back" equity

Say $1 and 0.5% equity every year (broken down by 12 monthly installments, vesting immediately). Go hard.

The 150 base x 4 years (600k) vs $125 base ($500k) and 150$ over 4 years vs $250 over 4 years(same $100k diff, but tied up in disbursements), the stock price would need to go up NO MATTER WHAT. I personally would take the high base. More money guaranteed. Negotiate some profit sharing later if it’s going up.

Any tips on how you got this offer? Was it from networking?

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