2003 sunrise / Mount Fuji

The difference between working for a startup and “normal” company

Life brings unexpected answers for lots of tough questions. Today is Monday and it’s going to be awesome day at startup I work for. This is why…

Many people often ask me how’s it to be working in a startup and usually I’m struggling with an answer, talking about flat organization scheme, responsibility and other technical stuff. They do not get it — and probably I wouldn’t too. Actually it is very hard question to answer because i.e. how would you describe what TED is all about, in one sentence, to someone who has never watched any TED talk? How would you put all that excitement and passion in one sentence avoiding cliches?

For me the main difference between working in “normal” company and a startup is ability to contribute with passion on Monday morning during heavy snow and gloomy weather.

Here’s the story

As everyday I was getting to the PressPad HQ by train, together with a group of other morning people. Friend of mine who is C# programmer working in — not so small — IT service company said something like that:

I hate Mondays. Today I am going to start my day updating over-hours-record from last week, and I will submit leave of absence for next week (…)

Sounds like a plan? ;-) Do not get me wrong, I do not have anything against taking few days off but at the same moment I was thinking about all this awesome things I will be involved today building the easiest to use mobile publishing tool, for magazines and comic book authors.

Not mentioning about awesome people I am going to meet. There is so many exciting things on the schedule,today. Starting from helping our publishers understand more about app marketing, through building new landing page for giveaway campaign (hey, Black Friday is in approach) to designing better newsletters and writing supportive article on our Digital Publishing Blog. And testing. We perform lots of tests and we test everything that may influence our startup business. This is what I like the most, continuous move that brings change.

—How about you?

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