You might want to consider a CTO
for Hire/Tech Advisor to partner with you before you make any permanent hires.
I see from your LI that you're connected to Eugene K from DexOne days - maybe
you can hit him up for advice, or I know several CTO/Advisors that are really
good in LA (these are gratis referrals I make - not contractors that I would
place with you). A couple of them are happy to just do calls with startup
founders, and it may turn out to be the most cost effective solution for your
MVP. They can also help you define who
to hire, and when to hire them. Finally, these people have really good
reputations, so if you are going out for VC money, and they see these names in the
CTO box on your org chart, it will make a difference.
Keep in mind it's extremely high demand/low
supply for tech resources in LA. If you
do decide to hire, how hard it is to do so will be partly based on the tech
stack that you have picked (and if you haven't picked one, again, I highly
recommend you get a Tech Advisor on board to make sure the right stack is
picked for the task at hand so it can scale. It's not as important in the MVP
stage, but you may as well do it right from the getgo).
In terms of the types of
positions/roles, you mention that the Lead will manage external contractors. If
you have contractors on hand, you probably only need 1 Full Stack Lead Engineer
that is skewed towards the back end. Then you might luck out and get 1
UI/UX/Front End Person - if not, you could do 1 Front End and then you can
definitely combine the UI/UX/Designer into one person. In terms of compensation, it really varies
based on the stack, and the person's experience coming in the door, but you can
assume that unless you luck out and get a co-founding CTO that can code and
will do mostly equity, budget $140-200k plus 1-5 points for the Full Stack Lead
Engineer, and if $100-150 + .5-2 points for the UI/UX/Designer.
Hope this helps!