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Questions tagged [startup]

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

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Are these red flags for startups? [on hold]

I have just decided to change job and after sending out my CV, I am interviewing with various startups for positions as a software developer or machine learning engineer. Up until now, I have ...
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Starting software development contracting [on hold]

I am going to start software development contracting after more than 5 years as a perm in London. I want to contract via ltd company. I don't know where to start. Should I open a ltd company and a ...
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Interviewing with an early stage startup - how to find the expected work/life balance without seeming like one wants to just clock in and out?

I’m in talks with an early age startup (would be joining as employee number 2). I do realise that working in a startup is not a classic 9-5. I understand that there might often be deadlines which will ...
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Should I stay at a low-paying startup as an entry-level data scientist for the potential of equity in the long term? [closed]

I am working as an entry-level data scientist at a startup in New York City and I am also a phd student (few more years to graduate). They started me on an 'intern' rate at $25/hour a couple months ...
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Can one work for his own startup while working in some other company with a bond? [closed]

My friend wants to establish a startup. He is currently working in a startup company with two year bond. Simply he wants to know whether it is ethical to work for his startup while working for the ...
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Plan and negotiate with / for software development company contractor

I'm working in a 15ppl company as the (only) IT guy (Master of Computer Science) and my task was/is to oversee a software project development. We have worked with an (outsourced) software development ...
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C-level role at startup vs. middle mgmt role at large firm [closed]

I'm currently in consulting and considering these two positions for my next career step: Chief Data Officer at a startup where I'd get to architect a new platform from the ground up, build my team, ...
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What is the difference between constructive criticism and meddling?

I work for a fintech startup. The programmers in the team are split between "the engineering team" that implements business logic and "the data science team" that implements algorithms to make ...
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Boss complains that there are too many people in the morning coffee run at small company [closed]

Upper management (who are the owners of the company) recently brought up that there are too many people going on the morning coffee run at a nearby cafe at once, and that it "disrupts the work ...
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How can I deal with my CEO asking me to hire someone with a higher salary than me, a co-founder? [closed]

I'm the technical co-founder/CTO of a B2B startup. I created the product, our design, etc 6 years ago. Our board hired a CEO 4 years ago and they've been trying to get VC funding since they joined. ...
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Can a startup still succeed despite inexpert management? [closed]

I currently work for a tech startup of roughly 50 employees, about half of whom are in the tech/product team. I myself am a developer in the tech team. The company completed Series A funding about 6 ...
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Last interview and lunch with team tomorrow - what to expect?

I've passed three interviews so far, two technical and one with HR. They told me to come by tomorrow for a 1.5 hour interview with the CTO and then meet the team and have lunch with them. Got any ...
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Should I still try and intern for this startup company after getting directed only to a github repository?

I’m trying to intern as a software developer but getting my foot in the door is next to impossible as our government are cracking down on companies due to exploitation. I’ve traveled a long way to ...
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Is it hard to sell a low percentage ( <= 1%) of ownership of a private company?

I joined a startup a few months ago which I am now leaving. It is a small startup where I was the first employee. It is still a private company with a lot of potential and some venture capital firms ...
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Moving forward as a new CTO for students

I have been the single developer of a 3 man start-up for about 1,5 years and have recently acquired two students, both are engineering students in their 1st and 2nd year of bachelor-studies. This is ...
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Need written confirmation or contract?

I am collaborating with a marketing person to pitch a software idea in a competition where $50k is the prize/seed investment in the business. Work has not begun but the marketing person and I have ...
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Equity vs stock options (startup) [closed]

Is there any significant disadvantage receiving stock options vs. shares in a new startup? What could be the excuses for not giving shares but stock options and would it be reasonable to insist on ...
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Got through the interviews. Company now says they can't hire me because of local laws, but made an indefinite promise of a full time position [closed]

So a few months ago, I started the interview process at a software-based startup by applying for the role of an internship. Given that their other open positions were for senior roles, this was my ...
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Open space vs offices. Which one is better for a new team according to studies?

I want to create a new workspace for a small software development team (4-15 developers). Is there any research into whether open workspaces or small offices make for a better working environment?
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How can I motivate someone voluntarily giving me their time?

Backstory I'm developing a web-application for an active shooter defense training company. They go to organizations all around the country and teach them how to be best prepared for a horrible ...
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How to tell my unproductive and unlucky cofounder that he's out? [closed]

I am involved in a pre-seed project with another person. When I started this project I was looking for a person who I thought would take care of the administrative and executive tasks of the company ...
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Startup vs Large company. What are the benefits/drawbacks of each? [closed]

I work for a startup that is currently in the scaling up stage. The team is growing quickly and I'm positioned as the CTO. Managing/scaling teams has never been anything I've done before but I am ...
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Lies vs Exaggerations ? Illegal or Unethical?

I was hired 4 months back at a startup in an executive role with good stock options and a decent salary. During the interviews I was told the company is currently doing 'X' USD of monthly revenues and ...
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How to find a technical visionary for part-time guidance and mentoring? [closed]

I work with a team of software developers who are skilled by the regional standards of our small job market. By Silicon Valley standards, we're below average in talent and we lack passion. Our users ...
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Tech startup offer may entail unpaid labor for a while — how to proceed?

I'm scheduled for an interview with a data analytics startup that may not initially pay a salary. I tried to check their website, but it's not even set up yet. This is around the Silicon Valley area,...
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How to add previous job experience on my curriculum vitae while in charge of multiple departments?

TLDR: Worked at a start up where I was in charge of everything that was not finance related. Without a degree or real work experience I was responsible for all other departments and I learned myself ...
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How to deal with dishonest boss and colleagues [closed]

Characters: 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 ...
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How to adjust with Start-up environment which gives complex tasks? [closed]

I am new to programming and I work as a data analyst in a start-up. I find that its difficult for me to adjust with the start up environment. The seniors give me work like image processing and NLP ...
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Dispute over the software that I used to complete my task for our company [closed]

my friend and I set up a e-commerce company together as %50-%50 partnership. My part of work was get product information from websites and keep the inventory accurate for our online store. We do not ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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What to do if I ended up working on interview question

I had an onsite job interview for a software position at a German startup, which included brainstorming at the whiteboard on how to solve a problem. I should hear back in a few days. The problem is ...
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When a company is sold— do royalty holders get anything? [closed]

I am one of 3 founders of a very small startup company. We want to make rule that says, even if a founding partner leaves, they can still receive a 3% royalty from the company in perpetuity. Here's ...
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Screening with a new company, previous job a start-up

I recently received an offer for a job with a new company who have sent out a screening questionnaire with a request for 5 years of employment history. For the past 2.5 years I have worked for a large ...
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Ignored by manager and owner, role reduced. What options are left?

A couple of years ago I joined a startup as first technical contributor. I have had privilege to see this venture growing from small "thing" to what it is now. During this time, my responsibilities ...
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How big of a share in a startup should I ask for/expect?

I've been asked if I'm interested in working as the lead developer at a startup e-commerce site. I am very interested and very confident in mine and the startup's ability to succeed. But I have no ...
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Asking For Equity 2 Years Later

I started working at a startup almost 2 years ago. I was brought on part-time. During negotiations I opted for a higher hourly rate as I needed the money and the management structure was questionable (...
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Boss missed transferring my paycheck yet again. How to approach this situation so this will not happen one more time?

In September, I asked how I should approach my boss regarding my delayed August paycheck. The community gave insighftul answers and some advice on how to make sure this doesn't happen again in the ...
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Should I work extra time because everyone else does? [closed]

I work as a software developer in a small startup (15 people including the CEO/founder and all employees) which sells a SaaS product to businesses. We "officially" work from 9:30am to 6:30pm (8 hours ...
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Is there a need for SQL developers in small businesses and freelance? [closed]

I am a Data Engineer. Been working over 4 years in big corporations and government organization. My main tools are Microsoft SQL Server, Integration, Analysis and Reporting Services, R and Tableau. ...
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Rigid career ladder for software engineering in a startup, other departments give promotions [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer and have been stuck on one level since i joined the company. The career ladder is rigid and because i lack interest in the managerial path, and i work in isolation (no one to ...
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Collaborator witholding code before deadline

A long friendship has ended, and I am looking for an objective, collective third party opinion on this matter. Summary: five days before a critical deadline, a collaborator has, with no warning, ...
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What are the specific constraints of recruiting in rapidly growing startups? [closed]

Background: The first time I had to grad exams as university lecturer, I realized how wrong were all exams/homework I wrote as a student — because I didn't understand grader's expectations/...
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Boss hasn't transferred my salary yet. How to approach the situation?

I'm a recent graduate and new to the employment world, let alone the startup world, so please bear with me. I need some advice on how to communicate with my boss regarding my salary. I was hired at a ...
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Job Title for a person who writes tests and manages source code? [duplicate]

I run a small startup team and we are about to hire a person who would hopefully take care of testing (writes and executes) and manage our git source code (like a project manager). What do you think ...
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Should my company assume the cost of applying for the OPT STEM Extension? [closed]

To contextualize better the situation, I work in a San Francisco startup of 5 employees, which is in the process of getting a series A funding round, and had a previous seed round of around 3 million $...
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Is a full stack developer job worth the stress/effort? (Full stack vs backend vs CTO vs entrepreneur) [closed]

Considering the fact that a full stack developer needs to have strong skills for devops, backend, front end, business modeling, networking, infrastructure, basically strong skills for the whole stack, ...
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Took serious pay cut for new job, learning NodeJS and ReactJS, how do I approach a new contract (with different company)? [closed]

After 1.5 years focusing on ASP.NET (previously did some C#, PHP, etc over several years), for certain reasons I'm trying a new job (startup, very low wage) and learning NodeJS and ReactJs. I don't ...
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I got a weird offer to work at promising startup. Should I accept? [closed]

So here is the thing. My friend has offered me 3-5% at VERY promising startup. It has already 10 elite programmers and their plan is very cool. It's actually very low-level startup and they are ...
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What should be my position title in my startup? [duplicate]

My friend and I started a startup. I don't have any equity in the company since he is the one who set it all up. Currently we are only two people; we are looking to hire more. I'm working on the ...
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How much equity compensation can I expect from a preseed startup? [closed]

I am a software engineer with more than 6 years of experience and currently finishing my degree at UC Berkeley. I joined the team as a full stack and data science engineer. There are four other guys ...