- Me - senior year college student. Back-end and infrastructure dev..
- Boss X - junior year (different) college student
- Colleague Y - junior year college student (same school as I, we meet around campus from time to time). Joined same period as I did. Jack of front-end & back-end, master of none.
- Colleague Z - sophomore college student (different school from all above). Joined end of September. Skilled front-end dev.
All of us were working as part time dev engineers (except X, who did sales) in a previous company. X has his dreams of starting up a company and I had my health issues from this company so we quit around the same time together. Just before I quit in mid July, X asked me to join his team, so I did along with Y. Since the company just started, X promised to pay us when the company is on the right track. But until then, he's in our debt.
We worked on the project until X called it off in August when he and his marketing guy decided the market has no need for this product. All I thought was once X took some time to redo market research and getting VCs, we'd be back working.
Later on yesterday (Christmas eve) I noticed some activity in Slack and saw them having an online meeting via appearin. I listened anonymously to their conversations and found out they had another project at nearly 40% complete, all without me. I also heard Z saying "Alright let's get back to work, for the sake of XXX hourly wage".
This got me very furious with X and Y for going behind me. But especially furious with X for not upholding his moral obligation to give me a call given that I worked for him til August and also did another small job of setting up a pre-register page for his new product idea around September.
As for Y, he works as a free lance at other places too. Recently Y is worrying about his annual earning surpassing the 1.3 mil Yen limit (300K+ yen tax once over it) yet never gave me a single word about the new project.
To be clear, I have nothing in this new product yet I still have access to team Slack, all Bitbucket source code, and Firebase access. Also, none of us ever signed an NDA.
1) I admit the product itself is nothing new and isn't going to be some killer app but I find it being a good technical challenge and I would really like to try it out. Assuming they let me "back" in, what kind of mindset do you think I should approach this situation as well as X with considering they already betrayed me once?
2) I confronted X and confirmed there's no funds so no hourly wage can be paid. Yet X promised Y and Z a (somewhat big) amount payment for a complete, initial version of the product. X claims he gave the job to Y because "we only have sufficient fund for one back-end dev, and he happened to be nearby when I had the thought". How should I treat Y from now knowing that he knew there's only one position available, and not informing me about it when he's worrying about earning too much (tax considerations) while I'm worrying about not having any job? His sense of lack of noblesse oblige is what's ticking me off.