Links for 2012-07-11

  • Don’t waste your time in crappy startup jobs : 7 reasons why working for a startup sucks. Been there, done that — I wish I’d read this years ago. It should be permalinked at the top of Hacker News. “In 1995, a lot of talented young people went into large corporations because they saw no other option in the private sector– when, in fact, there were credible alternatives, startups being a great option. In 2012, a lot of young talent is going into startups for the same reason: a belief that it’s the only legitimate work opportunity for top talent, and that their careers are likely to stagnate if they work in more established businesses. They’re wrong, I think, and this mistaken belief allows them to be taken advantage of. The typical equity offer for a software engineer is dismally short of what he’s giving up in terms of reduced salary, and the career path offered by startups is not always what it’s made out to be. For all this, I don’t intend to argue that people shouldn’t join startups. If the offer’s good, and the job looks interesting, it’s worth trying out. I just don’t think that the current, unconditional “startups are awesome!” mentality serves us well. It’s not good for any of us, because there’s no tyrant worse than a peer selling himself short, and right now there are a lot of great people selling themselves very short for a shot at the “startup experience” — whatever that is.”
    (tags: startups work job life career tech vc companies pay stock share-options)

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2 Comments

  1. Steve Ryan
    Posted July 15, 2012 at 20:11 | Permalink

    Ah, come on, don’t tell me you didn’t like those free lunchtime sandwiches and IOUs! :)

  2. Posted July 15, 2012 at 22:06 | Permalink

    Steve, you read my mind!