Startup Board Equity

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How much equity should startup board members receive?

Startup board members get paid in different forms.

Depending on what’s agreed upon, their compensation can look like:
→ Per-meeting fee (ranges from $1,500 to $3,000)
→ Retainer fee (ranges from $5,000 to $10,000)
→ Bonus (tied to the CEO’s bonus)

All of this is often in addition to a share of equity.

The more value, experience, and reputation board members have, the higher the price tag.

Note that as your startup grows, your board members will increase as well.

So it’s better to determine early on how much you’re willing to pay board members.

In the early stages, your board members will typically only expect equity (shares).

Based on Carta’s data below, this is how much equity they receive:
Seed Stage Board Members – 0.75% on average
Series A Board Members – 0.52% on average
Series B Board Members – 0.38% on average

Now you know how much it can all add up considering the equity for co-founders, first hires, investors, and yourself.

How much do you allocate for your startup’s board members?

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