The post-pandemic world has brought a few profound changes in building startups: one of them is building remote-first teams and accessing the best talent irrespective of location. Relocation to the US and Silicon Valley is no longer a precondition to access venture funding. Instead, you can have your legal HQ in Europe and build fast-growing companies. In the US, 8% of the working population participate in equity incentive programs, while in Europe, there is hardly any data on this. Equity incentive schemes are crucial for startups to hire and retain top talent in the competitive tech talent market.