One Simple Rule On How Much To Pay Yourself Once You Raise Venture Capital

The Answer: 2 X The Average Employee Salary At Your Startup

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Here’s how to use the 2x rule to set your founder/CEO salary.

Step 1: Calculate the average employee salary at your startup.

Step 2: Set your founder/CEO salary to 2x that number.

There are two exceptions to this rule:

Founders who just raised venture capital who are also the most senior employees at their startup.

Now let’s talk about how to set your founder/CEO salary if you’re not the most senior employee at your startup.

Founder of Cudy Technologies (, a full-stack EdTech startup helping teachers and students teach and learn better. I am also a mentor and investor.