Questions tagged [startup]

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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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Can we issue a certificate of employment for someone if our company is not legally registered?

I was a co-founder in my friend's startup for 6 months in India. It was something out of passion, not about money. So, the Company wasn't registered legally, all 10 of us were volunteering our ...
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How to deal with a co-funder who does not look for information

I believe that getting information is an important task when running a business, and particularly when you have to make decisions in an executive board. Basically, one of the co-funders of my startup ...
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How do I improve in my role as liaison between engineering and customer support/sales?

Some context: I started working at a startup with 8 employees as a mid level developer about 3 months ago. One of the responsibilities I was tasked with is facilitating communication with our product ...
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What does a non-technical founder bring to a tech company? [closed]

The classic formula for a tech startup is that technical founder(s) build an MVP, get funding, and then bring on non-technical staff as required, this leaves the majority of the equity in the hands of ...
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How to diplomatically reject an interview invitation from the former manager?

I'm a 3+ years experienced Software Developer in India. I left my previous organization during March 2020 and have been working in my current organization since then. My former manager also left the ...
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How to find skilled people to start a company

I have an idea that I would like to monetize through a startup company (software based). Although I have the technical skills and a working prototype it is simply too much work for a single person to ...
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Is it possible to hire a person even before registering the startup?

Suppose that a non-technical individual is trying to start a technical startup. He has not registered his company. He wants to hire a person to work on the system for him. Will a person agree to work ...
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How to add a stealth mode startup to LinkedIn?

Several months ago, I left my job in tech to found a biotech startup with a few really great people. We spent several months working on it, we learned a lot, and finally we realized that now isn't the ...
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Difficulty retrieving pay slip from company CEO

Six months back, I used to work in a company which was a start up located in India. I left the company around April 2020 (during pandemic). Due to that I couldn't collect any certificates. After that, ...
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Being recruited to develop a product that is very similar to my own pet product [closed]

As a recent grad, I spent the summer alongside two others in developing a non-commercial web-app that measures music similarity through the use of AI It caught the attention of a seed stage start-up ...
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As a co-owner of a small business, how do I assure a hiring manager that I will actually be available?

I'm the technical co-founder of a small software business (two people). We built some very niche enterprise SaaS software and have a few big clients who pay us every year. The software is now so ...
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Managing startup, how to control stress levels?

I work in small startup company, during the sprints we have very stressful atmosphere, caused by short deadlines and underslept personnel. How can I handle or at least mitigate this situation as a ...
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Raising a startup, but workmates are falling behind on their tasks. How to handle this?

My friends and I are currently raising a startup that will launch our first product at the end of Q3 this year. Apart from the freelance marketing team, this startup consists of three developers, ...
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Why should R&D staffs not the owner of the patent that they have developed? [closed]

I want to run a tech start-up, so I need to work with people to develop a product. The output of product development would lead to some papers and patents. My concern is, how can I treat with team ...
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How do I, a junior developer, ask for a senior's help? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer that recently graduated from a programming bootcamp. I studied front end development for three months and previously outside the bootcamp, I did not have any exposure to ...
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Is it normal for people to take things personally when rebuked/disagreed upon in a startup environment?

I've had experience with two co-founders (from two different startups) name John and Adam. Both of them 'rage quit' the company when I did not agree with them. John got so upset with me (the founder) ...
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Joining a startup. What should I know? [closed]

I got an offer from a start-up (in Silicon Valley) which I believe has a really bright future. The team I am going to work with are very talented, and most importantly friendly. I believe I am going ...
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How to turn down older programmers during interviews? [closed]

When hiring for startup what are some methods of filtering out older (27+) developers ? During interviewing we had few older developers stubbornly "get through" even though we explicitly ...
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How to gracefully quit a job when I stuck within a project that doesn’t belong to the core business of the company? [duplicate]

I work as a developer for a startup. I maintain a product (let’s call it P) which is an integration tool for 3 years now. The product has a considerable functional and technical dept: Business side: ...
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How do I deliver a negative performance review in a constructive way, especially in a start-up company

When I was a junior developer I got several negative performance reviews. The memory is so vivid that even almost 20 years later I can still remember those reviews. They just ruined my days and made ...
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Verification of employment for stealth mode startup, USA [unpaid]

Background information: I have been working full time for a large corporation. Two months ago I left the full time job and joined a startup. I don't have any formal contract with this startup. However,...
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How to start my startup in the following scenario? [closed]

I am a computer science graduate. I have a startup idea which is totally of mechanical domain. Since I do not have enough money to find my startup I am seeking for incubation in one of the college in ...

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