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I think money has a lot to do with it. Founders work only for equity until the company has traction. Employees expect to be paid.

Yeah, that occurred to me as I pressed Send.

But assuming you can afford employee #1 (making cost somewhat moot), why otherwise might you decide to go in either direction?

cofounders typically have a lot more equity, and hence are typically much more motivated to work 24x7 until things are up and running. employees are not motivated in the same way.

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