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Hierarchy of Paying for Things in the Startup Universe

There is an unspoken hierarchy of paying for things in the startup universe. I’ve experienced it a few times and have had some laughs with people about it.

The hierarchy for who pays for things typically goes like this:
1a) Startup Lawyer

1b) Startup VC (lawyer and VC are usually on same level)

2) Big Technology Corporation Employee

3a) Venture-Backed Startup CEO/Founder

3b) Venture-Backed Startup Employee

4) Bootstrapped Startup (founder or employee)

5) Startup Reporter

Scenarios when this comes into play (obviously sometimes people just split the bill): group cab ride, breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, etc.

Have you been in this scenario and have had a different outcome?

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