When incorporating a new venture, a good rule of thumb is to authorize (or issue) 10 million shares @ 1/10 of cent. 50% of these shares should be issued to the founders (with a vesting schedule). 10% should be set aside for future employees. The remaining 40% will go to future investors.
- Also, ALWAYS elect to “pay” taxes on any shares immediately, even if they will vest over time. This way you will not have to pay any income tax on the difference of the value of the shares at time of receipt and their market value at that time.