Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all the questions you have about Grupa’s offerings, model and processes.

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Overview
What is Grupa?
How is Grupa Different?
What requirements does my startup need to get qualified?
If I am a VC-backed startup with an already established engineering team, how can Grupa help?
Screening & Matching
Who are Grupa experts?
How do you screen and qualify experts on Grupa?
How do I get matched with the best-fit expert team?
What is the structure of the team?
What if I am not happy with an expert team?
Geography
Where are your expert teams located?
Do Grupa expert teams work remotely or can I work with Grupa experts on-site?
Network & Services
How long does it take to get matched with a team?
What if there are no expert teams currently available to work on my product?
Workflow
How does the work start with the selected expert team?
What is the work time commitment of the expert team?
Intellectual Property
Who owns the legal rights to the product created by the Grupa teams?
How does Grupa handle the legal standpoint with respect to talents and IP protection?
Does Grupa have a right to buy my product?
Pricing & Payment
Are there any upfront costs?
What is the pricing model?
How often will I be charged?
What methods of payment do you accept?
Will I get a refund if certain requirements are not met?
Will Equity be paid monthly?
What if I am involved for just 3 months? How is Equity calculated in relation to the level of engagement?
How does Grupa’s 20% compensation fee work?
Is the compensation fee dependent on the number of hours worked by the experts?
What is Grupa?

Grupa is a talent marketplace that gives startups the opportunity to work with the best expert teams and tech advisors in the world, who are in the best companies, and are available after work hours to invest their experience and expertise to build the next big thing.

How is Grupa Different?
  • We’re not recruiters! We are a subscription based model company. This is why we have built a marketplace for you to work and connect with expert teams from FAANG companies.
  • You don’t have to outsource! You get embedded teams who integrate with your company, culture, communication, collaboration tools, and work systems.
  • With our integrated system, tools, resources, and infrastructure, you also get to work with the best-fit expert team who will dedicate 15-30 hours a week and weekends to help you build a high quality product easier and faster.
What requirements does my startup need to get qualified?

Your startup gets qualified in the Grupa marketplace if it is;

  1. VC-Backed (Angel through series A)
  2. US incorporated
  3. Delaware C-Corp
If I am a VC-backed startup with an already established engineering team, how can Grupa help?

In practice, your startup will still have to get matched with an expert team from Grupa that is best-fit to build your product.

The form of integration will be dependent on the agreement between you and the reserved team from Grupa. This could be having the FAANG expert team collaborate with your existing team on the project and meet during agreed times or the FAANG expert team runs the entire work if handed off to them.

The choice is yours!

Who are Grupa experts?

Experts, listed on Grupa marketplace, are top technical talents and FAANG employees who will work as contractors and tech advisors while leveraging their free time, expertise, and experience to build quality products. Grupa believes in excellence!

How do you screen and qualify experts on Grupa?

To be a verified expert on Grupa, you must be a top talent from FAANG with a great past experience, communication skill, work attitude, and top-level professionalism.

Grupa expert teams go through a vetting process that includes; portfolio review, review from previous clients, video interviews & background checks before they are activated.

How do I get matched with the best-fit expert team?

We ensure you communicate your product idea, requirements, and industry expertise on the platform. That way, we help you get matched with the best-fit expert team to build your product.

What is the structure of the team?

This is totally up to you and your current product requirements. With that being said, Grupa team consists of 4 experts across design, engineering, product, and data.

What if I am not happy with an expert team?

Your satisfaction is our priority! The necessary support will be provided after a clear understanding of your feedback. If it requires getting you matched with a new expert team, we will get that sorted right away!

Where are your expert teams located?

The majority of expert teams on Grupa are currently located in California.

Do Grupa expert teams work remotely or can I work with Grupa experts on-site?

There are different plans available on the Grupa platform that allows you to choose the work mode of the expert team. It could be remotely or on-site. The choice is yours!

How long does it take to get matched with a team?

In some hours or a few days. Be rest assured that you’ll get matched with the best-fit expert team. 

What if there are no expert teams currently available to work on my product?

Grupa ensures that there will always be a good number of expert teams available to build your product. We make sure it happens.

How does the work start with the selected expert team?

We give power to the experts through a roadmap and we give power to startups through the approval process.

In simpler terms, you get matched with an expert team best-fit to build your product, contracts will be signed between you and the expert team, and automated payments will be scheduled with Grupa to kick off work.

What is the work time commitment of the expert team?

The FAANG expert teams are committed to work for 15-30 hours per week depending on the product they’re building. The expected time commitment is a cumulative of their free time which is sustainable enough for weekly work.

Who owns the legal rights to the product created by the Grupa teams?

The startup! Grupa ensures in its contract that the possession of the product developed by the expert team belongs to the startup only.

How does Grupa handle the legal standpoint with respect to talents and IP protection?

We ensure several legal agreements; Conflict of Interest, Non-Competes, a mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDAs) and Service-Level Agreement (SLAs) are signed between you and the expert team. Whatever happens in Grupa, stays in Grupa.

However, For Non-Compete Clauses, we focus on California, where the non-competes are not enforceable. We also try to match expert teams with projects that do not directly compete with their current work.

Does Grupa have a right to buy my product?

Grupa has a statement of right to buy your product at a bargain-rate of 20% off. This is fully dependent on if you want to sell your product in the future and Grupa indicates interest.

Are there any upfront costs?

YES! A $500 expert team reservation fee issued to startups who want to be on the priority list.

A priority list is for startups who are ready to build their products ASAP! And have paid an initial deposit of $500 to get the best-fit expert team reserved just for them.

A waiting list is for startups who want to build their products but are not fully committed yet, but just want to explore Grupa. They pay no upfront fee.

What is the pricing model?

The compensation model between startups and expert teams are effective in three possible ways; Cash only (starts at $10k), Cash & Equity (starts at $7.5k + 0.125%), and Equity only (starts at 0.375%).

How often will I be charged?

You pay Grupa in advance every month per iteration. This way, the expert team gets to be paid either bi-weekly or monthly from Grupa depending on the iteration plan between you and the expert team. This payment cycle happens automatically until the completion of your product.

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and Stripe.

Will I get a refund if certain requirements are not met?

Yes! Terms and conditions may apply.

Will Equity be paid monthly?

Equity is an 18 months vesting period which has a 3 months cliff and monthly vesting thereafter.

What is allocated per month after the 3 months cliff is the equity divided by 18.

What if I am involved for just 3 months? How is Equity calculated in relation to the level of engagement?

Whenever an agreement is terminated, the experts get the equity accrued for the months they spent past the first three months.

However, short term engagements are Cash only while long term engagements are Cash + Equity or Equity only.

How does Grupa’s 20% compensation fee work?

The 20% fee collected by Grupa is deducted from the total compensation paid by startups every month.

Is the compensation fee dependent on the number of hours worked by the experts?

The compensation fee is fixed. This is because the experts are expected to work an average of 20 hours and maximum of 30 hours per week.