So, you want to work for a startup?

I recently came across an interesting quote:

The first thing that one needs to know when joining a startup is to understand how they work… make sure you understand what you are getting into. Here are some things to consider

  • startups are not for the faint hearted
  • startups are not a “get rich quick” scheme
  • startups require sacrifices from everyone including you the candidate (pay/effort/etc)
  • if you put your heart & soul and are part of the right team there is good chance you will succeed
  • success is not guaranteed, it has to be achieved!
  • remember its a journey, so if you are thinking about jumping ship often – dont even bother!
  • startups are a small community and if you play dirty the word WILL get around

Taazza newsroom, January 6, 2009

Some time ago I made an important discovery about myself: I love startups. I thrive in these fast paced environments. To me, participating in the design of a new product and creating the first iterations of the software is like a fix to a junkie. Working with new, cutting-edge technologies is exciting to me. It is exhilarating to interact with other intelligent people when we are all passionately fixated on achieving our mutual goal. It’s awesome!

All that said, working at a startup company is definitely not for everyone. Be prepared for a few ups and a whole lot of downs. Be prepared to bet against the odds. It’s fun to dream about a huge IPO but if that’s your sole focus…

I’m not going to deny that a large payout would be great. But in the meantime, I’m content to enjoy the adventure. You should checkout the full article.