I am currently apart of a very small startup. I love the idea and believe that it could be very big one day. I was hired by a guy with the idea, but the idea was still very basic, and 1 dimensional. I was paid a decent salary with no stock options yet. Throughout my time working there I quickly learned that the owner has had no technological experience whatsoever and does less than a 1/3 of the work i do. The idea that he originally came up with has been modified in so many ways, and a lot of it is MY innovation that is making the idea MUCH better.
Hes currently relying on me to do all the work for the site and has only said he will give me 2% of the company shares. Is this a good deal for me? I feel like all my innovations, even though im paid, is worth more than 2% of the company shares. Not to mention he is not funding much else but server cost and paying me. He has promised me he would hire more developers, but its been months now and nothing has gotten done. It sucks because I really love this idea and love what i have built so far. We are planning to go after funding of about $800k in a few months once the software is done, but i feel like if i got us that far i deserve more than 2% for my work/innovation even if he is paying me.