Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. He agreed to make this data public which is awesome. Todd is a go to resource for people looking for talent in startups. He was a great presenter to our group. I highly recommend getting to know him.
The data is a bit tough to deal with via a post, so I've shared it two ways:
- You can find a PDF with some analysis at: CTO Equity Compensation PDF.
- You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.
I would be very curious to hear what folks think about this.
Anyone concerned that this is above or below their expectation?
I was recently asked specifically about these kinds of numbers and I'm a bit worried that expectations between CTO candidates
Startup CTO Salary and Equity based on Stage of CompanyNote: the rows are a bit out of order.
I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies. It is interesting to see the salaries of CTOs of pre-Revenue even pre-Launch companies.
CTO Compensation and Equity based on LocationA few items jump out at me in terms of CTO Equity and Compensation relative to geography. Caution - there is not much data for many of the geographies.
- CTO Founders in India, have a very low equity stake.
- CTO Founders in UK, US Mid-Atlantic, US Pacific NW, US Northeast, France, Australia have a higher equity stake.