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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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In a rapidly developing startup, is asking for a raise 6 months after receiving one going to make me look greedy and bad?

I know that 6 months is way too soon to be negotiating salaries in any usual context. My context is not usual. I joined the company as their first employee, after a couple year break from work for ...
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Not getting feedback from the employer

I am working as a scientific project manager in a small startup Pharma company. Unfortunately, I have realized that  I am not getting any kind of feedback from my team lead. The most frustrating part ...
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How to trust a freelancer and stop him from stealing my idea?

I am a computer graduate but the idea on which I want to start my startup is mechanical based. I have found a potential candidate but he live in a different country. He is completely new to me but ...
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Wrong new job, what to take into account before becoming a job hopper

After around two years working in my first job, I decided to try something new and accepted a new job at a promising startup that looked extremely interesting. A few weeks in and I began seeing it ...
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Extremely unsure of my role/wage at chaotic startup

I'm a junior dev, have been at this startup for over a year and have built 90% of the frontend. I learn very fast and work 60-80 hour workweeks by choice because I love the work and understand the ...
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How do I approach founders about salary inequality in a startup?

To add a little context, I joined a startup as a fullstack developer in late 2017, making me the fourth member of a team of two founders working sales, and me and a colleague doing the actual ...
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Compensation to start-up employees upon company's exit

Start-up I am working for is being acquired. What compensation should I expect not including equity I was given when joined the company, if any? And if I am offered such compensation, how can I ...
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How does an unsuccessful software startup attempt look on a resume?

I am coming up on 5 years at my first job, and want to leave it in order to pursue some personal development projects full time. I have been working on them in most of my spare time and think one of ...
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Does anyone have e-residency? [closed]

I've been told the the startup stack exchange was closed due to not having enough activity and this was the closest stack exchange related site where I could ask a business-related question, hence I'm ...
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Can I date an experience on my resume earlier than the LLC was actually formed?

So up until now I have been listing a personal project (Android App) on my Resume under a "Projects" category for the past year. in this time I have spent close to 1000 hours on the project and am ...
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Employer not allowing me to telework during COVID-19

I work for a small start-up company with less than 20 employees in the USA. I am a foreign national on a work visa and I joined the company a few months back. My work involves programming and data ...
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Negotiating Salary Increase while Furloughed

I've worked at a US software startup for 2.5 years. In that time I've been promoted and given consistently positive feedback for my work. The raise that came with the promotion puts me just ahead of ...
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As a tech-founder (with no shares), should i sell my code to the startup? [closed]

i am here to start a small discussion for the given topic, as i am in the position right now and try to make a decision which turns out to be harder than i thought. Back in 2018 i joined a very ...
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How to evaluate business-to-government startup as prospective employee

I received a job offer from a research and development startup whose revenue stream comes from government contracting for defense and intelligence agencies. I am not familiar with business-to-...
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Startup running out of cash - do they need to notify employees with long notice period?

I work for a fintech startup in the UK as a senior dev. The company has two products, one is a low-value financial tool A, and the other is a (mostly vaporware) client onboarding "suite" B. After 3 ...
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Working issue in Software development

I have a friend asking about their software career during issue working in a current company. The company is very small developer 2 contractors and 2 full staff (including CTO). My friend wasn't a ...
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What questions to ask about organization/structure in an interview

I'm a senior engineer in a small, but regionally established, IT company. I perceive it as rather hard to make progress due to a lack of transparency, coordination, and organizational structure; in ...
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How much technical skills are needed for CEO? [closed]

Let's consider a genius new graduated software engineer who knows several technologies like Angular/React/ReactNative/NodeJS/MongoDB/PostgreSQL/etc and starts and leads a new startup/company and they ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company? [closed]

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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How to build trust as a new company?

just curious... how companies build trust to other companies to offer services(cybersecurity) when your employees don't have certifications, but they are powerful employees. let's take the case of ...
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Am I about to get fired for poor performance?

I'm a new grad 6 months in to a startup job and am loving it, but I don't think they are loving me. I was hired mainly for my skills related to subject A but I have been tasked mostly with subject B. ...
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Can Solutions and Product Features be merged in a Pitch Presentation?

I have a single start-up app with multiple broadly-related features that solve unrelated problems with unrelated solutions Keeping in mind the audience attention, should I present the typical topics ...
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Is destroying a company product in an office setting as a means to vent acceptable in a office event/party?

Context: I have been at a startup for a few years now. I worked on an internal product that filled a need for the company during our first couple of years but there were a number of reliability ...
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Startup Problems: How to ensure the other engineer is putting proper effort?

For all intents and purposes, I seem to have found myself in a two person start up. I don't want to go into too much detail for sake of anonymity. An idea a friend and I had spawned a profitable side ...
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Does hopping between failing startups look bad on a CV? [closed]

The [job-hopping] tag reveals that hopping between more than a couple of jobs really damages the first impressions of a resume (the most canonical questions being here and here). But what if those ...
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How to handle my startup being acquired before I have even started work?

I am a college student graduating in June, and I was fortunate enough to sign a new grad software engineering full-time offer back in September with a medium-sized startup. That startup has now been ...
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How much equity do I deserve as the sole developer?

I apologize for the length of the post. The last two paragraphs are a more brief summary. I began working with this company a year ago with the assignment of handling general office tasks. Very ...
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Company does not understand what the “bus factor” is and continues to give me more and more responsibilities

At the company I am working for, I believe is beginning to give me more and more responsibility. Trying to get me to be responsible for more and more pieces of the application and infrastructure we ...
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How do I deal with comments from the CEO around pay?

During a conversation between myself and the CEO of the small startup I work for; We had been discussing a particular area of the business that needed some additional processes. I was explaining how a ...
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Can I rescind my offer of working on weekends after last day?

I'm leaving my current company at the start of the new year for various reasons, and during those discussions with upper management, I made the mistake of offering to spend my weekends throughout ...
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When a company is asking to trade off salary for a long-term benefits, is that a correct approach?

I've been involved in a job search for CTO positions, primarily targeting central European startups that are a little bit past early stage (either self funded with revenue or Series A+). I think I've ...
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Does my workplace lack guidance or is it my lack of skills?

I am a Mechanical engineering graduate and recently joined a startup. I have a fair knowledge of Python and Machine Learning. Right after one week, I was put on a project involving Image Processing, ...
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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A major investor asked me (the software lead) whether the board should fire my boss (the Co-Founder and CTO). What should I do?

I am the software lead of a startup which while not struggling, is repeatedly missing goals and commitments to clients. Much of this can be attributed to our CTO. Some background on her. She is one ...
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HR trying to sabotage my wife's work because we're married [closed]

TLDR; My wife got a 1 month trial as a product manager and tester for a new product I'm directly designing and developing. HR hates the fact that we're married and is trying to seat her separate from ...
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How to not burn bridges and leave a small company at “crunch time”

I've seen the possible duplicate, thank you for pointing that out! It's different only in that I'm focused on preserving personal relationships in a job that was otherwise pretty good to me, but can't ...
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If I sign a future-dated appointment letter at a company, can I still apply for other companies & decline to join this company later? [India, IT]

I interviewed at a startup & cleared all rounds. Then the HR called me & said that they are willing to match my expected compensation & asked me to visit their office to sign the ...
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My employer is postponing my FIRST paycheck due to a funding shortfall; what can I do?

I don't think I can even file for unemployment or can I? I'm continuing to work and attend meetings. It seems like a bad idea for me to be actively checking code into their source control system if I'...
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Handle criticism over early code at startup

A year ago I started working in a very agile startup. I was the first non-intern developer to join and I worked closely with the CTO to put together a beta version of a pipeline and a product. Due to ...
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Joining a startup company at seed funding stage [closed]

A startup company wants me on board as a core software engineer, at a very early stage (Seed funding stage) – there are currently 8 people in the company (Three co-founders included). They offer me ...

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