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Is it legal in Germany to start a project in Kickstarter while working in a company?

I live in Germany and have an idea to start my own business here. However, I am not sure whether I am allowed to do this while working officially in a company. I just want to share my project on ...
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How to interpret advertised salary range (at UK startup)?

Advertising salary range in job posting is becoming more and more common these days. Some of the ranges are very wide, say [x, 1.5x] (e.g., [60k, 90k]). How to guestimate the final salary that the ...
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How many project managers does a startup need?

I've worked at 3 separate startups, most had 1 - 2 PMs, usually roughly 1 PM per 3-5 developers. My current position is similar, there are 4 teams of 2-3 devs, each with their own PM. My friend's ...
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Startup going under - who owns the code? [closed]

I worked for a startup as a software developer. I never got an employment agreement. I never signed a NDA. I also never signed any non-compete document. In the beginning I was paid by direct deposit ...
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Received offer but stock options subject to board approval

I received a job offer from a startup. Part of my compensation is supposed to consist of stock options. I have received a signed contract from the company but the contract only mentions the cash part ...
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How do you approach a business partnership contract with a friend?

I am about to start a company with a partner who is also an old friend. We are both going to invest money and work in equal parts. While the trust is total, we are going to write an agreement to ...
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Difference between CMO, CSO, CCO, CRO, CBO and CBDO? [closed]

What is the difference between CMO (chief marketing officer), CSO (chief sales officer), CRO (chief revenue officer), CCO (chief commercial officer), CBO (chief business officer) and CBDO (chief ...
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Firing one engineer in a very small team who passed a non-running github project off as a finished prototype

So this is not my real account. Sorry about that. I run a startup where all fulltime employees also have an equity stake (with vesting and a 1 year cliff). One of the engineers we (I) brought on board ...
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Getting bad attitudes from some colleagues at a startup because I insist on using formatter and proper use of TypeScript

So I have been working at a startup for over 6 months now. Two colleagues already have expressed some aversions to using TypeScript or formatters such as prettier when writing code, but if you are ...
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What's wrong with this e-mail?

I'm going to send an e-mail similar to this to a stranger and am trying to increase the probability that the person on the other side will reply positively (or, ideally, send the floor plan ...
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Conflict of interests when interviewing

I work for a big company in a research department and am currently interviewing with a 10 people start-up in (roughly) the same industry branch. They're very relaxed and want me to give a scientific ...
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Should I create a formal entity (LLC) if I don't expect revenue or funding for a while?

I'm a software developer with a little bit of experience. I'm starting a project, and hope to bring it to market someday. There's a lot of work before getting to that point, and I'm not positive I'd ...
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Should I not leave my company when it is making progress? [closed]

I am working in a SAAS startup, which is around 4 years old. Most of the people there have no interest in the quality of work, rather they want more projects (more money in fact). Also, the pay that I ...
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Does it make sense to apply for an internship in a bigger, renowned company if I am already employed as junior in a smaller company? [closed]

I am finishing my master degree and currently employed in my area (Machine learning) in a startup. I know about open positions for an internship in the area in NVIDIA. I would really like to work ...
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Is it common to value startup equity on future expected valuations?

Disclaimer: The numbers are made up, but reflect the real proportions. I was offered a job at a startup, which just closed a financing round with $10M valuation and has 10M outstanding shares. The ...
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What are the questions to ask a pre-seed start-up in order to understand the value of the offered equity?

A start-up with pre-seed closing round average of 5 days is to soon begin its fourth and final pre-seed round @ $15M evaluation, up from a current $12M. Planned for Q2 of next year is a first Seed ...
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I was hired as a junior front-end developer and laid off after 2 months for lack of experience

I was interviewed by a startup founder for work as a front-end developer (ReactJs and firebase as backend), I was doing exactly what they would ask me to achieve on a weekly basis, I was paid 5€/hour ...
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Do leadership silos have a chance of being removed when the product stabilizes?

Background: I've worked in an Indian startup where the engineering VP was directly in control of his team of 11 members. Even if he appointed team leads, they never had any decision-making capability ...
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How do I wean off my main vendor (who wants to be my sole vendor) over time?

I have a startup project, and my (only for now) vendor wants to be my sole vendor. I am concerned about his behaviour if I want to work with other vendors in the near future. How do I deal with this ...
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How to deal with stubborn colleague?

A bit of context: I'm working in a small team of 5 developers at a startup. Our senior developer left about one month ago; he was by far the most knowledgeable of us in terms of the technologies we ...
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How to get Funding for My startup Idea [closed]

I have been looking out to asking the right person, only I don't know how to ask, hence I decided to make it an open question here and see who can be of help somehow. So i have always wanted to run my ...
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Startup titles for two co-founders where one is the official company director [closed]

I've just cofounded a tech startup company with a friend. Our roles are currently ambiguous and we will probably both be working on similar stuff to get everything off the ground. However, I am the ...
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Hiring unqualified people in a startup

I have a small startup and I need to hire people with a different skillset than mine. The challenge is to find people with that skillset who want to work in a startup. So it seems the alternative is ...
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What questions to ask when you are interviewing for your first CTO position

Working in a coporporate environment for pretty much most of my career, I am being interviewed for a CTO position for a startup. Currently, I am managing a team bigger that the team I will be ...
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Everyone in my department has left, what do I do?

I joined a growing startup (between 50-100 employees) a few months ago. Since I joined, the two other employees in my department have left and our manager has left. Main reason being they wanted more ...
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How is a salary package that includes shares at a startup evaluated in the long term, with respect to increases?

I got an offer from an early-stage tech startup and I'm trying to evaluate the offer in terms of salary and shares. To start off, I know that salary is immediate and generally guaranteed and shares ...
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How to pay for business expenses without any business income (just starting out) [closed]

I recently opened an LLC and want to do business, but in order to get started I need to get some equipment first (i.e. camera) as well as pay for legal consulting, website setup & hosting, and ...
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Is it normal/ethical to grant my partner a stake in the company to be formed just for contributing at first (without any success back then)?

One year ago I started a social media page with a partner with the goal of turning it into a business. Initially we divided work between us almost equally (posting the pictures, etc. however it was ...
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Should I keep a Log of the Hours I do?

I was fired 2 weeks ago from a startup and one of the reasons was that 'this isn't a 9-5 job, we are trying to do something nobody has ever done before and I don't think you're at that stage in your ...
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How to deal with new client for a IT project?

I am software engineer in India with 10+ years experience. I never deal any client directly. I quit my job and now trying for a startup, for this I made a small IT tech team. I approach many peoples ...
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Got fired for not working enough overtime, just before the end of probation. What should I do? [closed]

I'm working for a startup in Germany where all the senior employees work 10-12+ hours per day. I started off like that too because it felt awkward to leave after 8/9hours but after 3 months I stopped ...
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Am I even welcome at the workplace?

First, let me say that generally I am happy at where I am right now, regarding work. It's a small startup where it's okay to ask questions, and have a happy environment. Yesterday my CTO and another ...
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Is it unusual for an employee to be denied knowledge of where the company's funding comes from?

An engineer begins work at a 3rd-year startup. He inquires about how it is funded. His boss tells him, "You will never know that. Why do you want to know that? The funding is legitimate. That's ...
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What is the share ratio of most tech founders in the first few years? [closed]

I have been working on a big web app/mobile app for students in my country. It's a project that should take me 6-8 month as a solo developer (full stack Next.js) Right now, I'm focused 100% on ...
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Colleague I "hired" watching football - am I responsible?

I'm doing an internship as a software developer in a startup. When I had the job interview they told me they always need programmers and asked me whether I know someone else from my uni who would like ...
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I resigned because I don't believe anymore in the startup. Should I tell my manager?

I work as Software Team Lead in a "seasoned startup" (6 years old, around 60 employees) in Europe. I've been working there almost since its inception, first as an intern, then full time. Two ...
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How can I get feedback on a business idea for providing English language support for specific projects?

I have an idea for a business providing non-native English professionals with collaborative, real-time language support for specific projects, such as business reports. This support would sit at the ...
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How to reject the job offer from this desperate manager diplomatically?

I'm a 3+ years experienced Software Engineer in India. I have a job offer from an org, which has recently launched it's development center in India. It belongs to my manager in prev org. I am ...
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Should I report unrealistic deadlines assigned to me by other colleagues to my manager?

There is this person X, who would assign an unrealistic deadline and ask to build things that she won't use regularly. This has happened previously also and I had reported it to my manager and he ...
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Am I on a sinking ship? [closed]

I'm wondering if I'm on a sinking ship or if it's just the normal growth process of a company. I started as one of the first employees in a consulting firm. Now we're about 30 people and still growing....
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Job offer with equity from a startup - what to look for?

I'm in talks with a startup founder about a job, pretty much a CTO role. At the moment it's only 3 people there, I would be the 4th one. It's all running off the founder's pocket now, he says he's got ...
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How to avoid share dilution when you negotiate the contract

I am about to join a project as a CTO role and the two people who started this project are willing to give me some company shares besides cash payment. How do I negotiate the contract to avoid share ...
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What is the best way to participate in a startup idea? [closed]

Recently I got a proposal to be part of a startup idea, as the head of development team. I was offered three ways of being a participant: 1- To be a shareholder. 2- To get paid with a fixed salary. 3-...
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Is leaving a company after 1 month ok? [closed]

A few weeks ago, I got a job at a 3 year old IT startup, specializing in consulting. I already know that it's not a place I want to stay for very long. Since I only started recently, I am still in the ...
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What is an appropriate compensation structure for freelancing for an early-stage startup?

I was approached by a startup to do some work developing their product. They do not have revenue or funding yet and offered to pay a “market” salary for a contract period that would be 100% deferred ...
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Senior coworker asked me to join his company. I only have 1 year of experience, what should I do? [closed]

Background I'm a web developer, currently I only have 1 year of experience and I'm working in a local company as a developer. I have a coworker who is in a different department (not a developer) and ...
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Resources and advice for starting a new company [closed]

I am a senior undergraduate, a former intern of a web application startup and now working as a freelancer. After an internship of a few months, I have gained some experience about how things work at a ...
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Removing the weekends from the month and then calculating the salary

I am working in a 3-5 people startup & the way my employer calculates the salary is a new way which I have never seen before. He basically first removes the weekends (Sat & Sun) from the month ...
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Disadvantages to working at startup as developer [closed]

I have been working as a software developer at a government job for a couple years now and have started looking for jobs elsewhere to forward my career. Specifically I am hoping to land a fully remote ...
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How do I objectively calculate and pay colleagues and myself for time spent working on our startup?

Background: I and two other colleagues founded a start-up company a number of years ago. We’ve spent a lot of time over the years building our product and the business and we expect to start earning ...

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