Boulder Startup CEO Compensation

I’m occasionally asked how much a CEO recruited into an angel stage company should be compensated. Here’s some data showing how a few experienced folks (who shall remain unnamed) who have placed many CEOs in startups in Boulder responded to an informal survey. The context here is important. This is for an experienced CEO with a history of success in operating and/or fundraising for a pre-revenue, early product/prototype company having raised about $500K-$1M of angel/seed money, with 2-4 employee/founders in Boulder with no relocation package. Please don’t take this as science, and remember the context. I thought it was interesting enough to share.

What do you think a startup CEO should be paid in Boulder for this stage?

Thanks to John Ives for allowing me to publish this data without naming other names.

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