Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

A long-time friend and colleague, Steve Wexler, who is great at visualization took my Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data and produced a really need interactive visualization via Tableau.  You can find it here:
Interactive Version: Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data (US)
Explanation: CTO compensation and equity at venture-backed companies

Also review: Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage 

Probably the best thing for someone to do is to go to the Interactive Version and look things up using their specific situation.  You can click on the filters such as Founder Status (#3) and Job Title (#4) to filter to that particular data.

You can also glean additional information by hovering over a mark. For example, if you hover over the big circle in California you can see that there were 303 responses for the San Francisco Bay Area.

The larger the circle, the larger the number of responses.
For example, let’s say you are only interested in seeing non-founder CTO compensation for West Coast-based organizations with 50 or fewer employees that have been in existence for seven or fewer years. By selecting different marks and applying the “years” in business filter, you can glean that the average compensation for a respondents fitting into these categories is $201,495.

You will definitely want to choose some of the other tabs to visualize the data in different ways.  One of the more interesting to me was the equity bin analysis:
It shows the dramatic difference in equity for Founder/CTO vs. Non-Founder CTO for startups that have raised <$10M and are Series A or B.  Most non-founders have less than 2%.  Most Founders have greater than 5%.  It makes sense and what I suspected, but good to see the numbers are backed up.
Of course, as you would suspect, equity percentages dilute based on years in business.

Give it a try and let me know if you find anything interesting.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Nice visualization!