Questions relating to a company which is still in the beginning phases of growth

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Potential employer/client is vague, texts me on WhatsApp

I am a software engineer looking for short-term employment and/or work on a for-hire basis (for a number of reasons - I know I'll have other commitments in 2017-18). Now - there is this guy, who got ...
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I'm working with a startup who's CTO/lead developer is essentially at a junior developer level, how to make it work? [closed]

I'm currently working with a startup on a contract developer basis, evenings and weekends. They have one other developer, who also happens to be the CTO. There is also a CEO and a CFO, who aren't ...
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Can I sell my business idea in exchange for a job at the company that might be interested in it? [closed]

Me and my brother have an idea for a brand new product that would solve one widespread problem among the smartphone users. But due to the fact that we don’t have required resources and opportunities ...
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1answer
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How to interview for a job in the tech industry, with long hours and without a formal PTO policy at current job?

There are questions about "how to interview with a job, when you already have a job". These boil down to a few suggestions, which are difficult to apply in my situation: "Use a vacation day". My ...
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Are startups expected to have low salaries, no bonuses, no raises?

My company (< 300) is currently offering below-market wages, no shares, no bonuses, no raises, with the constant promise of "opportunities for growth" as the company develops. Plus, we are quite ...
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Built a startup for 2 years that didn't get anywhere, how do I show it on my resume?

I have been working by myself on a startup for nearly 2 years. In those 2 years I did not make a profit. Granted, the startup was very ambitious. The startup was official and incorporated, but I did ...
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Is it good etiquette to send a small startup further emails about your qualifications? [duplicate]

I've been looking for a job with a web startup, and using angellist almost entirely in my search. Angellist has an "I'm interested" button that both the job seeker and employer can use. If both ...
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Rejecting offer for co-founder / CTO job with small stake and zero salary? [closed]

I recently received job offers from 2 start-ups. Both are offering me co-founder/CTO positions. Their offers are 10% stack, and 15-30% (with the caveat of no salary), respectively. One of these ...
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3answers
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Asking to help out in another department at a startup

I just started a new job last Monday at a startup. My role is Customer Success, but I am currently in school for marketing analytics. I took this job to change industries and with the hopes I could ...
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5answers
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Is it normal to not hear back from any of the higher hierarchy (CEO, CTO, VP, etc) in a small startup once you've been hired?

I've started working at a technology startup remotely as a programmer. The startup is small, around 10 people (including all the higher hierarchy). I've been approached and hired mainly by the CTO of ...
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1answer
187 views

Awkward falling out with cofounder, what to do for W2? [closed]

I started a company with a friend from college after we were done with school. We had a huge adventure for about a year, building out a couple of products and taking in venture financing. I went from ...
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2answers
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Should I take my bosses idea and start my own company or should I ask for a raise? [closed]

Background For the last couple of months I have been discussing with my boss about a "sketch" idea that he have about creating a new technology startup. The initial concept was defined by him , but ...
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What is a fair ask for the first employee who built the majority of the product if you want to rehire him? [closed]

I need some advice because I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable here. TLDR: Joined friends startup (about 5-6 months in) on 6 month contract for salary and no equity. Built entire project from ...
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4answers
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How do I resign without burning bridges when I'm a critical staff member?

I work as an engineer at a startup technology company in the United States, and for several reasons, such as: A culture of working more than 8 hours a day. A loud "open office" environment and a ...
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1answer
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Startup is getting formalized & I assume locked down with new contracts [closed]

I've worked at a startup for a number of years which has for the most part been loose and fast. In the coming month we will receive capital what will give us a longer runway until we can pull in ...
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2answers
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Is it appropriate to approach a company in this situation? [duplicate]

I recently finished college and I have been searching for work as a software developer. After a few interviews I got in contact with a small startup which happened to be ideal as it is exactly what I ...
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Am I being taken advantage of? How can I ask for a raise?

I have a social media internship for $11/hr at a new startup company. This was fine when there was another intern to help me out with duties and projects. The other intern had to quit due to school ...
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How to approach manager about bad code base that needs immediate rewriting? [closed]

I just joined a new company which is a new start up, STILL applying for funds etc. The product is very promising and likely to be a success once fully released to the public (we're currently in a ...
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3answers
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How do you manage productivity in a small team at a startup?

I recently joined a startup as a Developer and the work environment is very casual to say the least. There is no top management in the team i.e everyone reports to the founder. The problem is the ...
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Legal review of contract with restricted stock [closed]

I'm considering a contract with a very small startup. The compensation is largely equity-based, as opposed to salary. I understand the offer and have strong trust in the other owners (I've worked with ...
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1answer
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Adding a home address to an LLC - real home address vs PO box vs private mailbox service

Can someone provide insight on the pros/cons of registering a business using (1) a real home address vs (2) a PO Box vs (3) a private mail service? The company is a small software consulting ...
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How many hours a week, over the long term, should a software developer work in order to maximize productivity? [closed]

Something came up in another post that I think can be settled by reference to actual published studies: How many hours should a TYPICAL software developer work over the LONG TERM in order to ...
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14answers
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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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1answer
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3 years working in China… without speaking Mandarin and working with an outdated tech, time to leave for a consulting position? [closed]

I started after my studies to work in a startup. The company got bigger and also shrink somehow but let's say we are now a small company with 30 persons while we were only 8 when the business started. ...
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What is the value in joining a start-up without any equity included in the contract? [closed]

I keep reading about joining a small start-up, keeping it up until it grows and then reaping the rewards. However, the way I see it is that investors and shareholders will be reaping the rewards, ...
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1answer
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Created a startup company which is growing, but I'm far too inexperienced to do anything. How do I move on? [closed]

I haven't graduated university yet, and I created a startup company which is growing. There is no co-founder. It's just me. The issue is, I need to get some money in order to keep the servers running, ...
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Salary negotiation dilemma between established company and start up [closed]

So in past weeks there have been salary negotiations going back and forth between me and 2 companies Company A(Promising Startup). Company B(An Established Company.) A little background: ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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2answers
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How to list self-employment on a resume (multiple businesses)

I'm trying to avoid a gap on my resume. After leaving my previous employer I've been working on multiple businesses concepts over the course of two years. I researched each business individually ...
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2answers
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Making the most of changes in role in organization

I'm a scientist/engineer at a startup, one year out of a PhD program (finished while working), have been working about 1 year, 3 months. Prior to last month, I had been working on many different ...
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3answers
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How do I handle a solo developer position as a junior developer in a start-up?

I have been working as Junior Web Developer (self-taught) in a start-up company for six months until now. I am currently 19 years old and this is my first employment. I have been programming since ...
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How to build a application development business on the side

I'm an application developer full-time but I'm trying to make a shift from working for someone else to starting a company primarily focused on custom application design/redesign. However, my target ...
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1answer
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Working at a startup company in addition to current job

Can I include in my resume that I'm working for free at a startup company in addition to my day job with my current company? How should I put it in my resume - volunteering?
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Startup founder constantly delaying offer letter though given verbal confirmation [duplicate]

I interviewed for a startup by one of the two co-founders to whom I was introduced to through a mutual colleague. This was around 5 weeks ago. After an interview I was told that I would be a good fit ...
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Can an employer ask employees to reimburse wages?

I recently joined a startup, and I didn't like it all. To begin with the engineers in there think they're the world's best, where in reality all of us are pretty average at best. However, the thing ...
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Junior developer with a chance at managerial role [closed]

I've been working as the sole back end developer at a small startup for 2 years, and this has been the entirety of my software career. The front end work was all done by a similarly inexperienced part ...
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How can I decide whether to partner as a member with an LLC that I helped create?

A business partner and I are creating a software consulting business. My role is the lead product developer (err, CTO?) that handles all technical aspects and he is the visionary interfacing with ...
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How do I increase the bus factor when I'm the only dev? [duplicate]

Please note the emphasis on when I'm the only dev. Answers which address this for teams where other devs are available within the larger organization do not generally apply here. I'm working with ...
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How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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1answer
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How should I describe my employment in a startup that failed on my resume, to a recruiter or at an interview

In a nutshell I describe my last position as a "start-up that stopped", slightly flippant I know but if's difficult one to describe. A number of recruiters, when fishing for leads are intent on ...
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Advantages to working at a start-up? [closed]

I'm considering working at a 1-2 year old start-up, and I'm wondering what the benefits will be. We haven't gotten to negotiations yet, but I am getting the sense that the job will be a lot of work ...
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3answers
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What's a good job title for one who has worn all the hats at a software start-up? [closed]

I recently left my job and I'm trying to figure out what title to put on my resume. I was somewhat of the technical co-founder, but not officially so. As a lot of folks who have worked in startups ...
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1answer
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Negotiating a huge change in responsibility - new start up

a company I was previously contracting for is interested in hiring me on a larger scale as the head of a new tech company they're considering to start. They have a viable business concept of which I ...
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Should I list on my resume my entrepreneurial project as freelance or own

I read that listing your side projects on your resume is a good idea. I'm currently working on an e-commerce project (I am a software engineer) since 2 years ago. It's a big project with a lot going ...
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At what point is it unacceptable for a company to not have anyone in a human resources role? [closed]

I work for a small company that is part of a closely-related group of small companies that are owned by the same handful of people. Between these 3-4 companies, there are maybe a total of 20-30 ...
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Are Non-Compete Agreements void if you beat your former employer to market? [closed]

I have a friend working at my previous company that is something of a domain expert in a very specialized business area of a non-IT related nature. He has been toying around with an idea and doing ...
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3answers
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Is living at work normal when completing a project on a tight deadline? [closed]

I dropped out of school a few months ago to work at a tech startup without realising how demanding the job would be. The company culture is passion-first. I'm frequently told I'm doing great work and ...
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2answers
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how to start as a programmer (freelancer)? [closed]

I want to start making money as a programmer, I'm on the third year at uni (mature student), I have skills but not at the top level since I have to work to maintain myself. for another time while ...
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1answer
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How to get my idea working? [closed]

I have an Idea in my mind which I think could make a big hit if become real. The problem I am facing is, I am not a good programmer and I couldn't get this working by myself. But the good part here ...
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Is an unpaid internship for web development at a startup legitimate?

I'm a new grad of a web design/development certificate course with very little experience and I've begun applying for jobs. I have received interest mostly from places offering internships. I have ...