Why you should take a Startup Job
( This blog post is inspired by the recent twitter battle between Flipkart’s Sachin Bansal and Snapdeal’s Rohit Bansal )
Over the last 4–5 years, startups have popped up all over the job market. But still it is really hard to find smart people willing to join a startup for a decent salary plus some stock options. They choose to work for corporate or well-established firms instead. Initially, corporate might pay more than a startup, but there is some real career defining reasons to join a startup.
Make a difference
There is a problem and you are going to help the founders to solve it. The experience you are going to gain in this problem-solving process is priceless.You are going to do some real work and everything you does makes a difference. If you are joining at a very early stage of the startup, the difference will be more evident. Everything you does contributes to the ultimate success or failure of the startup.
Learning and Responsibility
Everything you do in a startup will be accountable and you will have a greater responsibility than a corporate job. What you are learning today is molding your career tomorrow. In a startup, you will be surrounded with a bunch of smart folks and you will learn new things every day. You make mistakes, but you will learn faster. It won’t be a typical 9–6 job, but you will love it. Your creativity will be appreciated and it will motivate you to do more.
Ideal for generalists
If you are in a big company and you are the kind of a person who is a jack of all trades but master of none, the chances are you won’t perform well. But in startups, it is good to have multiple skill sets and they encourage you to wear multiple hats. I am not saying a startup is not good for specialists, it is good for both.
The management team of a product startup is mostly a bunch of young ideologists or at least persons with fresh ideas and approaches. In big companies, there will be multiple layers of management where unwanted politics seeds up and damage the objective of business through innovation. Startups always believe business is achieved through continuous evolution. An innovative company is more technology-driven and less sales-driven. In a big company many people controls a developer, but in a startup all the layers were quite clear. In youth, your brain should learn engineering patterns, not politics.
The startup you are joining today might be a the next member to the unicorn club. It might have a lottery exit after some years and your stock options will be valued in the order of millions. The value of the stock of a chef at Google was $28 million. This does not happen every time, but, there is always a chance.
Starting on your own
You will be wearing multiple hats when working for a startup. You code, you write blogs, you answer the questions of customers, do a demo for potential clients, you make tea for the team all the same day. Before you even think about your next big thing, you will have a clear idea on what it takes to start up.You’re going to meet some really great and influential people during your journey with the startup. . This experience will help you when you are starting a venture on your own.
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