Big companies come calling for us all the time. They want to set up partnerships. “We were wondering if you wanted to partner on something”… Huge red flag. Early on we followed these leads, and they always ended up in dead ends. Significant wasted time. This is especially true in imbalanced situations where a huge company wants to work with a small company. All things considered, it’s generally a huge amount of work for you (the small company), and a tiny amount of work for one of their many biz dev people who don’t have to do any of the implementation work itself. Avoid!
Show me a business problem and I’ll do my best to avoid it
Jason Fried

This pretty much sums up why it sucks to stay or be a subcontractor. Well put — along with the rest!

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