It takes a very particular kind of person to thrive at early-stage startups. Are you that person?
If the following perks of working at a startup excite you, and you are genuinely okay with the disadvantages, then you should consider early-stage startups as your next career move.
What you will get
- Opportunity to learn: The pace of execution means months of learning in days.
- Work with smart people: You’ll work with smart people who are passionate about solving the biggest problems in the world.
- Exposure to a problem: The all hands on deck nature of startups means you’ll get deep exposure to a problem. Engineering, operations, sales – you’re going to see the problem from every facet.
- Problem ownership: You’re going to get ownership to solve these problems as well.
What you might not get
While it is possible to get these things at early-stage startups, they aren’t a guarantee.
- Mentorship: Your team isn’t there to provide you management cover so you’ll need to learn to become self reliant.
- Nature of learning: Working at a startup will be the most unstructured learning of your career.
- Title growth: People grow at startups by demonstrating impact. They earn it, rather than optimizing for the prize. Angling for promotions or title growth is the wrong approach.
- Money: Startups are a bet. If you’re in it for the money, prepare to be disappointed.