, Founders invested for long term. They don't be in hurry to get from startup. Because startup is the idea that need natured. About the employees be a specific. You must have to start to pay them may besmall compensationafter at least few months on a performance basis. Step by step as startup grow increase compensation.
If I am the co-founder certainly I will not ask compensation until observers silence. If observers speak I can ask about compensation.
If I am employee I am definitely ask for compensation.