Questions tagged [startup]

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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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I got one interview to be VP at a fintech company - should I apply for others? [closed]

Last week my boss offered me a pay rise to my current salary for doing such a good job. Turns out he forgot how much I was paid. He did agree to give me a real rise after I pointed out his mistake. I ...
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How much transparency about runway should I expect from startup employer?

I work for a startup as a senior s/w developer (2 years). The company recently made some people redundant and re-focused on a smaller product set because of lack of investment. As part of a "get ...
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How to move out of being a support role?

I work at a smallish start-up as part of the documentation department. I joined the department as a way to get into the organization because I was interested in it. I was able to move around and ...
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fastest way to switch job [closed]

I'm a software developer working for several years in same company. However, I've been stagnating technically speaking, as the other devs were higher level and older in the team, they were given all ...
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If a company is in debt, do employees with equity have any financial obligation?

If I choose to work for salary + equity, and the company loses and/or is in debt, am I obligated to pay a part of the company debts? Is it common in the startup world?
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Asking for a Raise [duplicate]

I have been working for this startup company for almost two years with no pay increase. I was the 3rd employee on, we now are over 110. Since I started I have received greater responsibility and now ...
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How do I reference my private startup project ideas in my resume without giving my ideas away? [closed]

For quite a while I've been working on a project which I always hoped to reach maturity of a startup project. I made several attempts at the idea and the project idea evolved over time, by creating a ...
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Am I entitled to royalties on a product I created but didn't think of?

I've been working (unpaid) in my off-time as an Electrical and Software Engineer to create and develop a product for a start-up company. The original idea for the product was not my idea, but ...
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How can I influence a manager to not schedule team meetings during lunch?

Once a week we have team meetings that are scheduled during lunch which the company buys (irrelevant to me since I bring my own lunch anyway). I have no problem with the timing, but I find it insanely ...
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Asked about working overtime in startup interview, no overtime pay or equity?

I'm currently in the interview process to work at a mid-size startup which has been operating for 4 years and with 50-100 employees. One of the questions they asked me in the interview was along the ...
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My employer wants me to do a work of 6 months in just 2 months [duplicate]

He is the leader of the startup, he owns the concept of the idea but he doesn't know how to implement it. I'm the new IT guy. The thing is that he wants me to adapt our software that we previously ...
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How to calculate the cost of stock options? [closed]

I'm considering working with a startup (not public). As part of my package they have agreed to grant me a 1% stake in the company over 4 years vested every year. This means that if I left after 2 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...