In a topic close to my heart, the opaque startup compensation world got a spotlight from GigaOm recently. They were able to demonstrate why engineering salaries are “all over the map” with some hypotheses that include the impact of the Facebook IPO.
Salary and equity discussions when joining a company can be “interesting” because oftentimes the companies have better information than the candidates do. Efforts like these can help candidates negotiate better salaries and equity.
At SpringRaise we recommend that you do your homework thoroughly when joining a startup. No matter what type of position you’re applying for, there’s at least some basic data out there that can help you. Get it done and good luck!