Questions tagged [startup]

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

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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 ...
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Is it okay to overwork in partnership? [closed]

We are a startup. We are four partners. It's a big project. Two of us are for marketing work and two for development. We have made our plans as they should be. Proper and with a deadline. I'm working ...
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Company threatens legal action for reneging on a signed job agreement if I do not pay ₹20000 [closed]

I recently got a job offer from a startup company in India, and I signed the job agreement. They asked me for cheques of ₹ (Indian Rupees) 20000 and ₹ 40000. They orally informed me that this is a ...
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No process at first developer job - how to dicuss with Management?

Just got my first jr web developer job and I am thrilled!! at least I was - Basically the code has no documentation and the company has basically no sense of process. its me and about 5 other devs ...
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Hiring but… not fully? [closed]

Over the past several years I've been running a reasonably successful online game as a two-man venture: I program the systems, he manages the volunteers among the community who provide artwork and ...
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Proper timing to negotiate a raise/contract improvement after beginning on a startup

I have recently signed a contract with an early-mid stage startup (5 people without counting me, less than 3 million on seed funding, and about 3 years old). The conditions are more than fair imo and ...
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What to do when your CEO is destroying your startup? [closed]

I founded a mobile application company with 3 other people, three of us took 10% while one took 70% and the title of CEO. We were ok with this because it was his idea and he had the connections to get ...
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Asking for a clarification of when a hiring process will end

I am undergoing a hiring process on a startup, where I have already done a technical test, projects, and a first interview. They are following up with me and the process keeps ongoing, since now they ...
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Is being asked for references a sign that they are willing to hire you unless something bad comes up? [closed]

After two coding projects and having an Skype interview with a startup's team, now I have been asked to give 3 references from my previous employments. In most of the recruiting processes, is this ...
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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 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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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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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 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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Mutually agreed termination, how quit with minimal impact

I work for a (german) Startup. We are live now for almost 5 years, several successful projects, no signs of trouble. I was the first programmer employed, now employing four programmers and some other ...
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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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Is two-weeks notice not standard at software startups?

Next month I'm quitting my job (my new job doesn't start until March 13). This is the first time I've really done this, the only other time the entire team was fleeing a sinking ship and I quit to a ...
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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice? [duplicate]

I work for a 25-person startup company. Even though we are a startup we have good funding from a big investor. My role here is CTO (not co-founder) taking care of 5-6 people (used to be 10+). My boss ...
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Former coworkers have set a standard of longer than two-weeks-notice

I'm quitting soon and need to decide how much notice I will give. My employer hasn't done anything to encourage longer notice: contractually guaranteed severance of the number of weeks requested would ...
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Would opting out of catered lunch be taken poorly?

I'm interviewing at a company that has catered lunch (not a large free cafeteria, like Facebook has) every day. I don't have an offer yet, but I want to plan ahead. I'm going in for a final interview ...
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How to keep career potential when a growing startup starts hiring more senior staff? [duplicate]

I work for a startup which just reached the 100 employees mark. Now that we are being successful, we started hiring more and more experienced managers from other companies, including the competition. ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of Working for Family? [closed]

My brother has a tech start up idea, he has offered me a position on his venture doing product management, and is willing to double my current salary on the bases that I relocate to North America and ...
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Should I hire a CEO and take a sabbatical from my startup to start another company? [closed]

I’m the lead (acting CEO, technical, largest shareholder) of 3 co-founders. I’ve brought my startup through multiple rounds of funding and 30x increase in valuation in 3.5 years. But I feel that I don'...
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How does pro-rated vacation work, specifically within the first month of employment? [closed]

I just signed an offer last week, and I'm starting this week. The offer outlines: "You are entitled to two (2) weeks of paid vacation per calendar year, pro-rated during your first year of employment"...
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If I discover a breakthrough for my company should I expect to have a share in it? [closed]

As a full time employee for only 1.5 years in a start-up, I may have found a breakthrough that could help the company be a leader in a certain application. If this turns out to be a breakthrough how ...
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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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Does 'Provides equity' mean they are going to pay you? [closed]

I recently applied for a job that in the Posting said 60,000 - 90,000 (Provides equity). I have Gotten past the first two interviews and am heading for my third this Friday. During the interview ...
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Lacking the knowledge and skills

I am working in a tech start up, we are building a product and it has got to the point where we need to scale our servers so that it can handle huge traffic. The problem is that we have nobody here ...
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How do you grow in a skill when you're the company lead in that area?

I'm a member of a small startup. When we decided to look at including a bit of AI in our product, I was asked to investigate, simply because I found it interesting and had taken a few AI/Machine ...
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Going beyond my job role?

I am an agile project manager at my current company which is a start up. My boss is starting to take on projects where we do not have any expertise for and is expecting me to deliver it, despite the ...
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Why would a startup rescind a job offer? [closed]

A startup gets seed funding and is ready to move to the next step. Say you get a solid job offer from them after clearing the interviews. Can they rescind the job offer at this stage due to their own ...
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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 should I describe my work on a service that was acqui-hired and shut down?

Some time ago, I worked on a service, let's say "Foo", hosted at foo.com, on the App Store as "Foo", etc. The Foo team was acqui-hired by a much larger company, Bar. While Bar continued to operate ...
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Do German software companies take what is written in the contracts seriously? [closed]

I'm currently working for a startup in Berlin. It's now well established. My contract is pretty standard and it contains two points, which I believe every software/startup company in Germany have on ...
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Staying longer for a business trip [closed]

I work in Europe for a startup, but my company has also an office in the US. So last Friday the director asked me if I wanted to go to the US for one week in order to finalize project X (with an ...

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