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Sharing sourcecode in informal startup

Context: I am currently part of a small group of students/professionals which is attempting to build a startup. We are in the early stages, MVP development and validation, but not yet incorporated. ...
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Side Gig (Similar to Main Job) - Professional & Legal Advice [closed]

I’ve recently started an LLC with a co-worker and am looking for some advice. We’re currently both employed by a fairly large company that produces software that is specialized and only really ...
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How to politely refuse a startup's equity? [closed]

Hypothetical situation: I received an attractive job offer from a startup, which includes a salary of x and equity that the startup values (let's say fairly) at y. y is a non-trivial sum; x+y is a ...
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My business partner does not want to participate on the business activities, how should I proceed?

I have started a business together with another partner as an equal in terms of earning and effort. There's no written contract, just a gentlemen's agreement. We are an IT software company, so we don'...
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Repercussions of negotiating Vacation days in new job offer

Background I am currently in hiring process of a start up company as full time employee that is willing to roll out an lucrative offer, actually they have already sent out a rough draft of work ...
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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. I wanted to point out the nuance of being an startup since who is interviewing is not an HR ...
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some advice about how to start an startup services [closed]

I am fluent with vulnerability research, and penetration testing, and red team tactics, and I only hold OSCP . I was thinking about on creating a website similar to company services , and giving ...
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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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Approached for Interview | Currently employed & Have a Personal Enterprise [closed]

Recently, I have been approached by a company to interview for a position very similar to what I am currently doing (albeit wider in scope). This is for a much smaller company (approx 35 total ...
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Limit negativity inside Software Quality Assurance team

I am the technical co-founder of a small software startup with a complex product. Needless to say, it is hard to find a balance between adding new features which customers pay for while keeping ...
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How to ask my boss for shares in company?

My friends and I have been working in a startup for over 1 year. They have spent more time in this company and have already completed 2 years of work. During this time, we participate in a project ...
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How to convince my employer to give me unpaid leave so I can take an internship overseas

So I work as a software developer for a startup consisting of ~20 people in Europe which is doing very well. I've been working here for a year and a half which is all of my work experience. I'm also ...
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Owning shares in a start-up - posing problem when finding a job?

My fiancée got a job in London which prompted me to start searching for a job in the UK. I'll be looking for a data scientist job in an established company (i.e. not a start-up). I am currently ...
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Got an offer for a job with a fixed salary but “not fixed” hours. How to protect myself from potential exploitation?

I'm UK based. Just got an offer for a job where my hours would be flexible and "not fixed", but with a guaranteed annual pay. The job is in a startup - when applying I was well aware that it wouldn't ...
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How to negotiate contract-to-hire offer with startup?

I just got offered a contract with potential to full-time for a tech startup ( < 10 people), no 3rd party recruitment firm. I was sent an informal offer over e-mail which said 10-15 hrs/wk for $45-$...
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How to retract an idea already pitched to an employer? [closed]

I suggested an idea* to my boss. He didn't show much much interest to build it**, so I did it on my own. Now it is on the verge of getting funded with venture capital. My boss is now interested in ...
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What is the best way to set up payroll into a startup company?

My husband and I are starting a new company in Ontario, Canada, and targeting to get about 25 employees. I am trying to gather as much info as I can about how to create a human resources and payroll ...
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I'm being hired as the first employee of a pre-seed startup. How to approach negotiating terms of my employment, remuneration etc?

I've have a couple successful conversations with two founders of a b2b hw/sw tech solution startup and they let me know that they'd like to "progress things further". I'm guessing at this point that ...
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Starting software development contracting [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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How to move forward from what's essentially a prototype, which was never intended to be sold to high-profile clients

Ok so I started off with this prototype piece of software in my attic and now it's has become a company. I really can't be too specific, but imagine a server side scripting thing that is now being ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Should I tell a friend that I'm disappointed in the way he's running his business which hired me?

This is a long, complex situation, and I'm not sure how to proceed. A bit of backstory, I made friends with a guy that I work with. He bails more often than not on hanging out, which is irritating ...
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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 ...