I built our product from the ground up (every single line). Two business founders spent almost 100K in consulting work before I joined to build a prototype and see if the idea will work. Then they realized they needed someone to focus on technology who is equally passionate about the company’s success. When I joined, we had very very minor sales. I rewrote the whole product because I felt it was the best thing for both the company and myself given some technology challenges we were facing. I’ve been with the team before founders raised seed or Series A.
Given the prior investment by the founders before they met me, I am not considered a ‘founder’ but I suppose am treated like one and have a small stake on the cap table. I guess the best label I can give myself is ‘co-creator’ cause I did write the damn thing. Do you think I should have a title of ‘co-founder’, is ‘co-creator’ asking too much? Is it selfish (I think it might be) to want to be considered a co-founder?
Every decision I make, I put the business first, me second. I don’t want more equity since the original founders spent so much money first. I feel some title more than CTO is more appropriate for the commitment and sacrifice I make on nights and weekends and in between to make our company a success.