Questions tagged [startup]

Questions relating to a company which is still in the beginning phases of growth

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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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Asking For Equity 2 Years Later

I started working at a startup almost 2 years ago. I was brought on part-time. During negotiations I opted for a higher hourly rate as I needed the money and the management structure was questionable (...
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Boss missed transferring my paycheck yet again. How to approach this situation so this will not happen one more time?

In September, I asked how I should approach my boss regarding my delayed August paycheck. The community gave insighftul answers and some advice on how to make sure this doesn't happen again in the ...
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Should I work extra time because everyone else does? [closed]

I work as a software developer in a small startup (15 people including the CEO/founder and all employees) which sells a SaaS product to businesses. We "officially" work from 9:30am to 6:30pm (8 hours ...
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Is there a need for SQL developers in small businesses and freelance? [closed]

I am a Data Engineer. Been working over 4 years in big corporations and government organization. My main tools are Microsoft SQL Server, Integration, Analysis and Reporting Services, R and Tableau. ...
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Rigid career ladder for software engineering in a startup, other departments give promotions [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer and have been stuck on one level since i joined the company. The career ladder is rigid and because i lack interest in the managerial path, and i work in isolation (no one to ...
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Collaborator witholding code before deadline

A long friendship has ended, and I am looking for an objective, collective third party opinion on this matter. Summary: five days before a critical deadline, a collaborator has, with no warning, ...
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What are the specific constraints of recruiting in rapidly growing startups? [closed]

Background: The first time I had to grad exams as university lecturer, I realized how wrong were all exams/homework I wrote as a student — because I didn't understand grader's expectations/...
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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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Job Title for a person who writes tests and manages source code? [duplicate]

I run a small startup team and we are about to hire a person who would hopefully take care of testing (writes and executes) and manage our git source code (like a project manager). What do you think ...
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Should my company assume the cost of applying for the OPT STEM Extension? [closed]

To contextualize better the situation, I work in a San Francisco startup of 5 employees, which is in the process of getting a series A funding round, and had a previous seed round of around 3 million $...
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Is a full stack developer job worth the stress/effort? (Full stack vs backend vs CTO vs entrepreneur) [closed]

Considering the fact that a full stack developer needs to have strong skills for devops, backend, front end, business modeling, networking, infrastructure, basically strong skills for the whole stack, ...
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Took serious pay cut for new job, learning NodeJS and ReactJS, how do I approach a new contract (with different company)? [closed]

After 1.5 years focusing on ASP.NET (previously did some C#, PHP, etc over several years), for certain reasons I'm trying a new job (startup, very low wage) and learning NodeJS and ReactJs. I don't ...
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I got a weird offer to work at promising startup. Should I accept? [closed]

So here is the thing. My friend has offered me 3-5% at VERY promising startup. It has already 10 elite programmers and their plan is very cool. It's actually very low-level startup and they are ...
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What should be my position title in my startup? [duplicate]

My friend and I started a startup. I don't have any equity in the company since he is the one who set it all up. Currently we are only two people; we are looking to hire more. I'm working on the ...
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How much equity compensation can I expect from a preseed startup? [closed]

I am a software engineer with more than 6 years of experience and currently finishing my degree at UC Berkeley. I joined the team as a full stack and data science engineer. There are four other guys ...
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Is it common for software development jobs to prioritise speed over security (or lack thereof)? [closed]

I have encountered startups to large corporations (outsourcing work) to prioritise speed, go-to-market and churning out as much code as fast as possible. In this scenario, any software developer can ...
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How do I ask my employer for a contract after working here for nearly 3 years without one? [closed]

I work for a small company that has only 4 employees (2 directors and 2 workers). I am one of the 2 workers. I have been working for this company from its beginning. They did not give me a contract ...
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Late on payment, possibility to continue. Company going bankrupt? [duplicate]

I tried searching for a similar question but I don't think any of them answer my question. I work for a small company and my superiors have recently told us that they cannot guarantee they can pay us ...
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Planning to leave startup which is about to raise funds [duplicate]

I am planning to leave my current job. The company is a startup which has been working on the product for two years and i have worked here for a year. I take care of the Backend and Machine Learning. ...
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I'm a software developer for a partying startup that isn't profitable [closed]

I've worked for startups that went bankrupt overnight, and it's happen to several friends of mine. I worked as a freelancer for several years after the 2008 collapse, and experienced first hand what ...
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How can I learn from an internship when I'm not being given hands-on technical work?

My Situation I am an unpaid intern programmer for a new startup. However, I am not being given actual programming work - instead, I have other grunt-work responsibilities that are constantly ongoing ...
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How damaging to a career is starting a start up [closed]

I am 24 and I have been working as a programmer for about 5 years (I skipped university/college, got intership right after school and I got hired permanently). I have been thinking about starting my ...
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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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How to approach HR about mistakenly breaching moonlighting policy

I started working at a large tech company a couple of months ago. I also signed an agreement to be a scientific advisor on the advisory board of the start-up where I used to work. The problem is, I ...
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Supervisor without relevant technical knowledge does not communicate project objectives clearly

I've just changed career from academia (PhD in Mathematics + postdoc in machine learning) to industry. I got fired from two jobs because of communication issues with my supervisors. My previous job ...
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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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How to claim past experience for a startup portfolio?

I am working on my startup becoming self-employed and I have a page on my site that I would like to display my experience. The problem is, I did not get this experience with my start-up, but with past ...
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Senior managers don't promote internally but hire their old team: is this expected for a startup? [closed]

I work for a startup which recently hit the "100 employees" mark. We have brought in senior managers from other companies, including competitors. These new people are introducing more structure (and ...
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Reaching out to Marketing for experience when I'm an Engineer

I'm currently an engineer and am thinking about starting up my own business on the side (still an idea but in the process of creating the MVP). My business would bring zero competition to my current ...
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Is it ok to accept the proposal to work from home?

I am starting work in a small startup (4 active members) as a lead developer. The CEO told me "you can work from home, it is up to you, but if you want to move in, just let me known when". The office ...
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Should I let my boss know that I'm concerned about my future in the company?

I joined a startup startup at an early stage and have been working with them for one year and half. My position could be named something like "devops" or "fullstack engineer". We met some success and ...
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Junior Developer Burnout [closed]

Backstory ahead, but the question is: Are there any techniques to overcome job burnout when all techniques I have found don't work? If I quit, I will have to work outside of technology in order to get ...
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Service provider hired employee from our company [closed]

TLDR A company that provides services to us, approached an employee and offered them a job. The employee accepted the job. Background I run a tech services and conservation NPO. We're knee deep in ...
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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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Job satisfaction talk at a startup [closed]

So I'm currently working for a startup, we only have 10 guys in service. WHen I started at this job it was fun I got a lot of freedom, I needed to setup everything in my area (I'm the only one doing ...
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How does a second computer related degree look on a resume? [closed]

A student that achieved a high GPA at an accredited Computer Engineering program is having trouble landing a job developing software. The Engineering degree is mostly hardware so there was little ...
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What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted to a position? [closed]

I applied to a programming researcher position in a science related startup. I was rejected in the final stage of selections, probably failing against just one or two other candidates. It is an early ...
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Moving from a corporate to a startup [closed]

I was working in a company with more than 10.000 employees and some billions of revenues for approximately 16 months. Then I made a mistake and move to another company (>100k in personal) having in ...
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Planning on building a startup and then retiring from it without alienating my co-founders [closed]

I am a professional software developer with substantial experience in my industry. A year ago I was approached by an acquaintance who runs a small local brokerage with another partner. I started a ...
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What does the “Startup spirit” mention truly imply? [closed]

The application is not for a startup, the company claims to have over 200 employees. A decent job offer in France I'm reading mentions "Startup spirit guaranteed" among the list of attractive reasons ...
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How to ask for a change to part time in my primary job while also working at a startup

The startup where I am involved as a co-founder (no salary, I work on Saturdays for them) is pressing me to go part time in my current job I current have. I need to apply for a part time job in my ...
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How should I deal with executives who lie to investors? [closed]

I have a friend who started working two months ago in a small startup company that raised a nice seed investment. He works there as a senior programmer. Two weeks ago, he was present at a meeting ...
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Job responsibility has changed and I am not getting the help I need [closed]

I was hired last November (startup company - US. Only 10 Employees) for my particular expertise in databases. Two months ago, management hired my supervisor. It's just him and I now in charge of all ...
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How does one get promoted when upper slots are filled by your manager's friends? [closed]

I am interested in making the jump to a more senior role, e.g. Director, from a senior technical role. However, I can see two paths for promotion: 1) you look after your manager, and once she gets ...
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How to approach a company owner on the treatment of employees based on their status? [closed]

I work as a freelancer at a company in India where I was once an employee and have noticed the owner is (like many Indians), the kind of person who feels the need to distinguish between people based ...
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Recruiting for a startup: my best candidate has suddenly declined my offer [closed]

I have been running my business apart from my day job, as a freelance IT consulting entity, doing software development, basic IT administration, web design and in essence all SMB IT needs. Having ...
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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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Problem with hesitation in accepting authority at workplaces [closed]

I'm a developer and have previously worked with startups only since graduating 3 years ago. The reason is that I want to learn as much as possible, upgrade my skills, while having to deal with as ...
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How should I respond to a Co-owner starting a new company without informing the others prior

About 2 years ago two others and I started a LLP specializing in SaaS development. As all of us have jobs beside the LLP all of us dedicate about 8-16 hours a week, which has been working fairly well ...