I think 1–5% for your first 10 employees is a good guidepost but you might need to go even further to get some candidates. My argument is: if the person is special, it’s worth it and you’re not taking a lot risk anyway.

Pre-seed Investor. Email: ash@sterlingroad.com. B2B, US only. I work with founders for 3 months before investing. More info: http://SterlingRoad.com/process

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