The great thing about a startup environment is nobody cares how much money you make. You’ll never have your income compared against industry standards and adjusted to make sure you make enough money but not too much. No compensation consultants around here!
The horrible thing about a startup environment is that nobody cares how much money you make. If revenues<expenses, no international court of fairness will give you more money. Any additional money comes with lots of strings , but due to the positive feedback loop nature of startups, people only line up to give you money when you don’t really need it. Most startups don’t hover at breakeven very long. They either tilt toward making way too much money or way not enough money.
Managing that tilt is everything!