Do not pay whatever you do. Any reputable advisor will do it for a percentage or two in your company. You obviously want to make sure the exchange of value benefits you as much as the advisor.
Research the companies that you admire and reach out to them. Do your research. Find the individual's passion points and align them with your startup's. Offer them a reason to be involved. Consider mutual benefit approaches rather than "me me me" which is a mistake entrepreneurs make all the time. Use common sense. Why would you get involved with an entrepreneur? To give all your wisdom and experience to them free of charge? Or to collaborate with someone who values your experience but also has the confidence...and has put the work in to build a foundation that can benefit you as well?....It is really common sense...use common sense and you will be above 95% of the self centered, greedy, and delusional wannabe entrepreneurs.
This may be a bit overkill but ... https://www.slideshare.net/chrisberno9/media-tech-startup-advisory-board-deck 👈That's how I approached it and the formality and diligence paid off in attracting an incredible advisory board. Good Luck Sir! cjb
Daniel, there are plenty of groups out there with talented advisors, available. The ones I would recommend, aside from the Founders Network, are Linkedin groups, TiE local chapters, and some start-up accelerators or entrepreneurial groups like Entre . Feel free to reach out, I may be available to guide you through this process. Cheers and best of successes with your project.
A good place to start would be by connecting with active members of the community built around your start-up's domain. You can also search among the more experienced entrepreneurs with companies in your space - although they are more likely to be too busy running their own start-ups to offer advice. Lastly, you can tap the network of dedicated start-up advisors (such as the one at CofoundersLab), where you should be able to get answers to your business questions, but not as much depth in their domain-specific insights. As usual, the answer is "it depends...". I hope this helps!
Thank you for all your advice, very helpful!