Equity for CTO/Technical Founder joining startup

So I was asked to join a startup about a month and a half ago as the CTO. The CEO or founder had come up with this idea and had been working on it for a year. Not working on the actual application but like the business side of things, talking to manufacturers, traveling to another city to talk to a specific demographic, doing market research, registering the business, hiring other employees, marketing etc. He did have another technical before who kind of did a very basic proof of concept to make sure the idea works but he left and left nothing. Although even if he left something it wouldn’t really have been that helpful since it was literally just testing something, no actual work done on an application. Over this time since I joined I can tell the CEO really wants this to work and hes taking it seriously.

Initially I negotiated with the guy and we agreed on me having 45% equity and one less voting chair than him. Since it was his idea and he had done a lot of the business side of things for this past year I felt that was fair for him. So he has 55% equity and I thought of it Like 5% for it being his idea and 5% for working on it and starting the whole venture this last year, although no actual technical work done more of an idea and research of what devices and the means of how we can achieve this.

I’m wondering is this a good decision or should I go back and try to ask for equal equity or 49% just so that he has majority? I don’t want to be greedy or anything but I’m just thinking I am going to be building the entire thing and I make all the technical and architectural decisions. And I saw this post by a pretty successful technical founder saying devs shouldn’t work for equity unless they’re being brought on as an equal technical co founder. We also don’t really have a dev team, 1 guy who isnt doing anything because of stressful full time work right now and another just joined but he’s also working full time and they both need to learn the stack which will take some time. Another thing to consider is that I am also working on another startup and I made that clear before so I’m not giving 100% of my time but neither is the CEO since he’s doing school and I will be going back to school next term as well. Also I’ve been very involved in the business and product decisions because I’ve had startups experience before.

I’m just wondering what you guys think because my past experiences have been a bit different I joined a team very early on before and they had a really small amount of code written but I joined early on so they hadn’t been working on the business side and everything for a year I don’t think and I was the CTO and equal partner. So do you think this situation warrants me asking to be an equal partner or is 45% equity fair for both of us? Also the CEO also is sketching the UI designs for the application and he said he will be learning some of the stack but he’s still new to coding.

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Joining a startup w/ a founder I dislike

Hi /r/startups!

Throwaway for obvious reasons. Long story short, I was offered an FTE position in a startup where I worked as a consultant for a considerable amount of time (just less than a year). The startup is in seed round, but has enough interest from investors, so much so that no one is really worried about round A (and possibly further).

Now, the problem stems from my conflict with one of the founders. I wish the conflict wasn't there, but it is what it is. I have tried to mend it, but was met with an "no idea what are you talking about" attitude, and generally speaking this all evolved pretty recently. I find it very unsettling for my mental state (which wasn't the best to begin with for unrelated reasons) and honestly have lost the interest to work with that company. I did, however, work at a reduced rate during consultancy time period, and generally speaking did a lot of free work under the agreement with CEO that "I will be taken care of" after seed round. So with that in mind, I am seeking advice on how to move forward. I see only several choices: 1) Quit right now. Obviously a last resort, although it would feel good, ngl 2) Quit after project ends (probably several months from now) without signing any FTE contracts 3) Try to figure this out, or just simply grind my teeth and wait it out

Problem with 3) is that I am almost sure I'll be let go after they get what they need from me (right now there is a lot dependent on my work), so all the equity and other stuff which will matter several years down the line — will not matter, as I will have to relinquish all of it when I leave. Problem with 2) is that I feel used and would not get paid for any of the extra work I did. That weighs heavily on my mental state, but I guess it's what most people probably suggest. Problem with 1) is that I feel bad about doing it, specifically towards the rest of the folks who were nothing short of amazing.

A few words about the conflict. Basically, the guy was assigned a role that I partially took over (again, being vague on purpose) after joining. I am saying that "he was assigned a role" because he didn't have the expertise or knowledge to do it (he never worked in startups and generally speaking comes from academia, and even then, it's an unrelated field of academia). He didn't like it.

Now, here is the worst part of it all, the guy is a protege of one of the board members and I wasn't aware of that until v recently. So that kinda changed a lot of things, and put them into a different perspective at the same time, hence my attitude and my mental state. This company comes from a v established lab of a v good university, so there are a lot of political stuff that surrounds this project, and I am way too small to take on any of it and come up as a winner.

What should I do? Should I try to renegotiate my consultant fees and just start looking for another company? I've no experience with things like these.

P.S. I realize I'm a dumbass for getting into this conflict, but I doubt this can be fixed.

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