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How to deal with an underperforming engineering manager at a startup? [closed]

I'm at a startup that was an amazing place to work before we hired a new manager last year. In the time since morale has dipped drastically and amazing engineers feel they can no longer affect the ...
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As the 20-year old CEO of a startup IT company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously? [closed]

I'm the founder and head of a growing IT company. I went to a university (only finished my first year and a half) and was good with studies. I have 1 year of work experience (in an IT related field). ...
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Starting career at a startup VS at a Big Company [closed]

What I want to know basically: Risks Benefits Future prospects Any other factors that give the "worth it" call. Some Background: (Note: This is not a Job A Vs B Thread) I started my career with ...
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...
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Sociopath for coworker at startup [closed]

I work as a programmer at a small tech startup. The team is ~6 people. I've been working there almost 3 years. I am the first employee, but not a founder. One of the founders has treated me like ...
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Can anyone relate to starting in the software development field? [closed]

I just graduated from my university with a computer science degree and I'm running into a serious amount of trouble applying for jobs. I have previously taken two programming internships which both ...
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Planning to found a startup, how to trust team members [migrated]

I am a software developer and I'm planning to found a startup, I think my idea is original and has potential so I really want to launch it on the market. I'm willing to build a team but the fact that ...
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How can I deal with a very lazy co-worker? [closed]

I'm working as a software developer at a startup in Istanbul/Turkey where there are only 2 full-time developers (including me) and 3 part-time staff (tester, developer, ux designer). Yesterday I had ...
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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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What is the best way to present to a boss an idea of group of us leaving for a startup

One of my coworkers and I have decided that we'd like to go part ways with our current employer and start up our own business. Currently we are in a small IT company with their software development ...
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Is it normal to always expect equity when working at a startup? [closed]

I've seen an organization that claimed to be a 'startup' and they expected their employees to work 60+ hour weeks. The salaries are pretty weak and no one has been offered equity yet. There have only ...
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How long should I wait for promised equity at a startup?

I recently started a job at a startup. This means I am working longer hours for less pay than at my last job (which was an established company). A big part of the reason I accepted the job was the ...
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Fitting in with strange or undesired aspects of company culture

I just recently started a position at a new company. Everyone is extremely nice and friendly, but they all share the same non-work-related hobby (a pretty famous trading card game). I don't mind that ...
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How much equity should I be asking for when sacrificing salary? [closed]

I'm trying to evaluate a job offer at a startup. I'm going to use some theoretical figures here. I asked for $12k pay and was offered $10k pay and $2k equity. There is a 1 year cliff period, and 3 ...
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Haven't been paid for last month, is it ok to stop working? [closed]

I'm working as the lead and currently (since everyone else was laid off for money reasons) sole developer of a start-up, and have been there since its beginning a couple of years ago. A self-employed ...
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What do you do about a disturbing lack of delegation by a CEO?

Here is the background: I've been with the company for 8 months now as an employee, and have seen the company go from being 3 people and a few contractors to almost 30. We've taken no outside ...
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Startup not paying [closed]

I was working for a startup for the past year as salary. At the beginning of March I was told that we would no longer receive a paycheck until the funding was closed which could happen before the next ...
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How to leave a startup as the sole developer

I'm the only developer at an early stage startup (think ~5 people). I have no problems with my current job or coworkers, but a much better offer has come along and I'm considering taking it. How can ...
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Why do small start-ups provide internships? [closed]

I have seen a lot of intern job at small start-ups at Angel list and other job boards. I think since they are small start-ups, they generally don't have enough resources and time to train students. ...
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How do I represent startup experience on my resume? What would be an appropriate title to use? [duplicate]

I am working in a 10 person startup. We will be running the pilot project for our idea over the next few months. I want to write about the work that I did am doing in the startup on my CV and since we ...
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Stock options offer - questions employer should answer

When evaluating a stock option offer at privately-held start-up company, what questions re. the options plan the employer should be able to answer? What is really a private information that cannot be ...
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Understanding and negotiating stock options offer

I am considering joining a start-up company and as a part of the compensation package I am offered a certain amount of stock options. How do I evaluate and negotiate this part of the offer, given ...
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How to retain vested employees?

At a startup where the senior dev team have been here 3years, almost since the start, and their options are now vested. We have product in the market, are just about cash-flow positive, but are still ...
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Would I be bad to leave a failing startup? [closed]

I'm a team lead for a small startup for the past 18 months. I started as a mid-level developer but was offered a promotion, taking on the role as it was an opportunity for me to upskill and learn new ...
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Entrepreneur experience in resume

I co-founded a start-up in fashion industry, I intend to leave because of financial reason and not having a central role. My work was mostly involved in designing site & marketing. 1) How do I ...
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Are there things that simply cannot be self-taught in software development unless working in a group? [closed]

I understand that there are things in software development that cannot be learned in school, even in a CS degree. As discussed, for example here, these include things like best practices, design ...
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How different is the hiring process of startup company when compared to big companies?

I'm a fresh graduate and I have an interview coming up with a startup company. I was wondering how different will the hiring process be when compared to big companies, given limited resources they ...
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I was given stock options but never asked about strike price/vesting and now we are being acquired

As part of my employment offer, as well as in a year-end bonus package, I was provided options but in both cases only the quantity was specified. There was no mention of the strike price or the ...
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Should I try working at a larger company at least once? [closed]

Since starting to work, I've really only ever worked at startups. I like the close, friendly atmosphere and I enjoy the fact that my work immediately makes a difference in our products. But through ...
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Negotiate for some equity

I have started an internship at a software start-up. I am paid just enough to pay my rent and food. This was made clear in the interview by the founder and CEO that "I'd like to pay you more, but ...
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How do I say “I need company stock, or I'm getting a new job”?

I'm somewhere between the 7th and 9th employee. I've been at my position for almost a year. There was supposed to be a vesting plan released in January 2014, at the time of this writing it is late ...
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Leaving a startup for another and work-life balance [closed]

First of all, I'm going to start off with a little bit of background. I'm 22 and graduated almost 2 years ago. I'm a very methodical and precise guy. I like working on analyzed projects and mature ...
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How to approach asking for equity

After I graduated University 7 months ago I took up a job offer that I had been presented with working for a start-up company. The offer had been negotiated and the plan was for me to come on board ...
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Advice on how to manage a side project that a separate company wants to use?

I'm currently contracting full time but as a side project ive created a simple recommendation system. A company has approached me wanting to use the system. Currently its just packaged as a jar file. ...
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Is it fine to discuss technical issues during the interview?

I don't know how to write the title properly but my question is for start-ups as it wouldn't apply for large corporations. A start-up has got their service available, however when I tried it, I found ...
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Post-bonus etiquette

What are the conventional standards of etiquette toward one's boss after receiving a (regular) Christmas bonus? Is it appropriate to send a "thank you" email? If appropriate is it necessary? It ...
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Is it unprofessional to ask about a startup's finances in an interview? [duplicate]

For most developer positions interviews are usually 30 minutes technical talk and 10-15 minutes question time. If I would be interviewing for a large company, I would basically ask what previous ...
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How can I protect my intellectual property when starting a new business? [closed]

I have a few people that I want to hire on to help me develop a product. The goal is to eventually be able to create a company. Since its entirely my idea at this point, I want to protect it but I ...
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Citing “company culture” as a reason for leaving in a company of 3 [duplicate]

I've decided to leave a start-up after a few months of employment because the boss has poor interpersonal skills, is disrespectful on a daily basis, and turns simple situations into stressful events. ...
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How do I convince my co-workers to position me as CEO? [closed]

Me and a bunch of college graduates are in the beginning process of making a video game development startup. I was curious as to any arguments to use to position a person as CEO. Our team agrees that ...
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Listing unprofitable business ventures as professional experience

For the last ten months or so I've been working essentially full time on a webapp. The webapp doesn't make much money (through donations it covers hosting costs and allows me to go out to lunch ...
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How should you respond to banter among colleagues when you are new to a company? [closed]

I am about to join a new organization and I wonder how I should tackle negative banter from co-workers. The perception others have of you could be tainted with how you respond. What is the best way ...
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Should I apply for a job for which required skills I'm already prepared in or should I opt for a more challenging position and expand my knowledge? [closed]

I'm a 21 y.o. self-taught PHP/Mysql/Javascript developer with some important work experience. I have no knowledge of the .NET framework and just a very broad experience in C. I've been proposed to ...
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How to include not-launched-startup experience in resume?

On June 2012, two of my friends (let's say john and smith) and I worked full time on building a mobile application from scratch. Long story short, john left the team in July, and smith and I did not ...
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How does vesting in equity generally work?

When I joined a start-up 8 months ago, I was offered a 2.5% equity along with a fixed remuneration. I trusted the founder and didn't bother to ask for equity docs. After 6 months, there were some ...
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How can I evaluate an offer of equity in a company?

The last few months at my company have made me worried. I work for a small software development company, there were 5 of us: 2 techy's, 2 developers and my boss. 1 tech left leaving me to cover her ...
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Doing a presentation to look more professional

I don't know if this is the best place to ask this question, but I couldn't find another stackexchange site to ask it. I am a computer engineering student that doesn't work anywhere, and I don't have ...
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Is it unethical to promote startups in the company? [closed]

I am employed in a mid-sized multi-national software company with 500-1000 employees. In our company, we have several employee organizations (clubs) of different natures (e.g. basketball, swimming, ...
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Should I show previous moonlight experience on resume

After my graduate CS degree, I have worked for a large IT multinational company for the past five years. However, I worked with a startup for about two years on the side. We were hoping to get funded ...
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Startup vs Big Company - ok to ask for details

Hoping for some guidance with this. I recently left the startup company where I was working as a senior backend Python engineer. The job had a lot of complications and the company suffered from a ...