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How do I resign without burning bridges when I'm a critical staff member?

I work as an engineer at a startup technology company in the United States, and for several reasons, such as: A culture of working more than 8 hours a day. A loud "open office" environment and a ...
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Startup vs Big Company - ok to ask for details

Hoping for some guidance with this. I recently left the startup company where I was working as a senior backend Python engineer. The job had a lot of complications and the company suffered from a ...
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How to answer "Are you interviewing anywhere else?" during an interview

Let's suppose we are in an advanced stage of the recruiting process of a company and this question pops up. Also, this is a startup, so the interviewer is not an HR agent but the whole startup team (...
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How should I (or companies in general) handle transitioning after resignation with a bus factor of 1?

I'm resigning from the startup that I work at on Monday, giving the US-standard notice of two weeks. I am the sole developer on one of the platforms that our product supports, to the extent that no ...
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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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Built a startup for 2 years that didn't get anywhere, how do I show it on my resume?

I have been working by myself on a startup for nearly 2 years. In those 2 years I did not make a profit. Granted, the startup was very ambitious. The startup was official and incorporated, but I did ...
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Which questions should I ask when interviewing with a startup?

I have an upcoming interview with a startup, but don't know what kind of questions I should ask them. I can't do much research on them since they are just now getting off the ground.
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Understanding and negotiating stock options offer

I am considering joining a start-up company and as a part of the compensation package I am offered a certain amount of stock options. How do I evaluate and negotiate this part of the offer, given ...
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How can I find more information about a startup?

I just came out of an interview with a startup founder. They have no product yet and no team (they are still assembling the team, hence the interview). They just have an idea of the business they are ...
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How to approach asking for equity

After I graduated University 7 months ago I took up a job offer that I had been presented with working for a start-up company. The offer had been negotiated and the plan was for me to come on board ...
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How to break off an internship without burning bridges?

This summer I was planning on returning to a large software company (Company A) for a second year of internship. Between when my prior internship ended and the present I've since partnered with ...
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How to include not-launched-startup experience in resume?

On June 2012, two of my friends (let's say john and smith) and I worked full time on building a mobile application from scratch. Long story short, john left the team in July, and smith and I did not ...
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How to list self-employment on a resume (multiple businesses)

I'm trying to avoid a gap on my resume. After leaving my previous employer I've been working on multiple businesses concepts over the course of two years. I researched each business individually ...
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Starting a company in spare time whilst employed full time? [closed]

I would like to set up a business in my spare time where I would make simple database software for small businesses - I'm currently employed full time where part of my role involves this already, ...
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Staying late for appearance?

I have a senior management-technical position with equity and a decent salary in a pre-launch startup with 6 people. I am newly-married and I work about 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, give or take one ...
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Salary increases in startups [closed]

I'm the owner of a very small startup in the IT sector of Germany. Very small means 3 people getting a salary: 2 of them are founders (including me), and 1 employee. The employee is still very young (...
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As the 20-year old founder of a startup company, what can I do to get older, more experienced people to take me seriously? [closed]

Edit: I am no longer the original user who made this post (hence the more recent questions I am asking are not related to this post). I'm the founder of a growing IT company. I went to a university (...
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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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How can I make a company I co-founded a better place to be or cleanly move onto something else?

I co-founded a company a couple years ago, and am in charge of the development aspects of the company. I am an executive (CTO) and am on the board of directors. I also own 20% of the company (the ...
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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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Boss about to scold and demand more of me [closed]

I am in quite a difficult situation at my workplace and I’d like some objective opinions. I am an engineer at a startup company. I work between 10.5 to 11 hours a day, not including 3 hours commuting....
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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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How to deal with a demanding and moody employee

One of my employees in a tech startup is behaving erratically. We are a small team of about a dozen people working our asses off for launching our apps. Initially he was OK, working and trying to ...
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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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How do I handle a solo developer position as a junior developer in a start-up?

I have been working as Junior Web Developer (self-taught) in a start-up company for six months until now. I am currently 19 years old and this is my first employment. I have been programming since ...
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Background Check Company Can't Reach My Startup

I recently got a job offer, and now I'm going through a background check with a contractor called HireRight. I seemed to pass on other parts of the background check, but they can't confirm for my ...
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How should I describe my employment in a startup that failed on my resume, to a recruiter or at an interview

In a nutshell I describe my last position as a "start-up that stopped", slightly flippant I know but if's difficult one to describe. A number of recruiters, when fishing for leads are intent on ...
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Advantages to working at a start-up? [closed]

I'm considering working at a 1-2 year old start-up, and I'm wondering what the benefits will be. We haven't gotten to negotiations yet, but I am getting the sense that the job will be a lot of work ...
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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 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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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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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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How to interview for a job in the tech industry, with long hours and without a formal PTO policy at current job?

There are questions about "how to interview with a job, when you already have a job". These boil down to a few suggestions, which are difficult to apply in my situation: "Use a vacation day". My ...
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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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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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How to estimate the value of a startup equity when negotiating a contract

The startup offer, as listed on the website, suggests a fork of values for both salary and equity. Let's say, for the sake of clarity, the values are 90k-130k$ and 0.25-2% equity. I need to ...
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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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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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How to tell soon to be employer that you are also working on a start-up

I am joining a company full-time next week and I am also working on my own start-up idea in parallel with few people. There is some related and closed discussion here on this but all the answers are ...
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how to start as a programmer (freelancer)? [closed]

I want to start making money as a programmer, I'm on the third year at uni (mature student), I have skills but not at the top level since I have to work to maintain myself. for another time while ...
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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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I was given stock options but never asked about strike price/vesting and now we are being acquired

As part of my employment offer, as well as in a year-end bonus package, I was provided options but in both cases only the quantity was specified. There was no mention of the strike price or the ...
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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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Negotiate for some equity

I have started an internship at a software start-up. I am paid just enough to pay my rent and food. This was made clear in the interview by the founder and CEO that "I'd like to pay you more, but can'...
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How to delay start date of new job? [closed]

I'm set to join a small tech start up in January 2023 but because of a health problem I need to delay my start date by at least one month so I can get treatment. How do I achieve this safely in this ...
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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 do I Raise Money for my small Business? [closed]

I own a very small Business and managed to publish a handful of mobile Games and Apps. I basically do everything on my own and pay small fees to freelancers for extra design, code, etc. Simply put I ...
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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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