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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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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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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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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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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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Is wearing earplugs at a startup odd?

I work as a software engineer at a startup with an open office. We have a Bluetooth speaker that blares "cool tunes, bro" all day, people hold loud meetings or non-work-related conversations anywhere, ...
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How should I deal with preferential rules for owner's kin?

I work at a really small startup (around 15 employees), where the work culture is generally good (at least to my satisfaction), and we (the employees) work closely with the owners (3 of them). ...
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How to leave a startup as the sole developer

I'm the only developer at an early stage startup (think ~5 people). I have no problems with my current job or coworkers, but a much better offer has come along and I'm considering taking it. How can ...
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How to hire great people for a new startup company? [closed]

I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my ...
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Is an unpaid internship for web development at a startup legitimate?

I'm a new grad of a web design/development certificate course with very little experience and I've begun applying for jobs. I have received interest mostly from places offering internships. I have ...
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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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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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Employer not allowing me to telework during COVID-19

I work for a small start-up company with less than 20 employees in the USA. I am a foreign national on a work visa and I joined the company a few months back. My work involves programming and data ...
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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 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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My new colleagues seem too busy to answer my questions. How should I handle this?

I recently left my job as a software developer in a company with 2500+ employees, to join a small software development team in a young company in another city. The job is in a completely new domain (...
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My boss told me I'd have to pay him to quit. Can he do that? [closed]

I'm negotiating my updated contract at work and my boss, in an attempt to get me to comply, told me I could owe him up to $20,000 if I were to quit. His argument was that he invested a lot of money ...
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Is it unprofessional to ask about a startup's finances in an interview? [duplicate]

For most developer positions interviews are usually 30 minutes technical talk and 10-15 minutes question time. If I would be interviewing for a large company, I would basically ask what previous ...
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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 can I avoid being taken advantage of during my recruitment to a startup?

I am a researcher, currently working on a short-term project at a university in Sweden. Recently, I have been approached (via a colleague) by a biotech/pharma startup, with a really cool and ambitious ...
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What is a fair ask for the first employee who built the majority of the product if you want to rehire him? [closed]

I need some advice because I'm not sure if I'm being unreasonable here. TLDR: Joined friends startup (about 5-6 months in) on 6 month contract for salary and no equity. Built entire project from ...
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Miscommunication between office teams due to a single senior entity

Am part of the software engineering team reporting to the VP of engineering. There's a customer team that assesses customer requirements and pitches the product to the customer. Background: The ...
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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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Listing unprofitable business ventures as professional experience

For the last ten months or so I've been working essentially full time on a webapp. The webapp doesn't make much money (through donations it covers hosting costs and allows me to go out to lunch daily)....
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What is the difference between constructive criticism and meddling?

I work for a 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 ...
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I'm working with a startup who's CTO/lead developer is essentially at a junior developer level, how to make it work? [closed]

I'm currently working with a startup on a contract developer basis, evenings and weekends. They have one other developer, who also happens to be the CTO. There is also a CEO and a CFO, who aren't ...
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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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How to handle my startup being acquired before I have even started work?

I am a college student graduating in June, and I was fortunate enough to sign a new grad software engineering full-time offer back in September with a medium-sized startup. That startup has now been ...
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How can I evaluate an offer of equity in a company?

The last few months at my company have made me worried. I work for a small software development company, there were 5 of us: 2 techy's, 2 developers and my boss. 1 tech left leaving me to cover her ...
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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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Is it fine to discuss technical issues during the interview?

I don't know how to write the title properly but my question is for start-ups as it wouldn't apply for large corporations. A start-up has got their service available, however when I tried it, I found ...
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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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How to handle lack of supervision in start-up?

This is a question I should have asked quite a while ago and is no longer relevant for my current situation, but I believe the answer still holds value. I hope this is not a problem ! Context French ...
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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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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 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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Is it reasonable thinking it's important my company tell me definitively who my line manager is?

I am a software developer in a startup and cannot get a definitive answer on who my line manager is. I always get the response that it is 1 of 2 people (1 is sort of like the lead dev/ architect/ ...
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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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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 do I explain to potential employers that I can only accept a job if my personal project doesn't take off?

I'm currently working on a commercial project with a friend. We recently got a fair amount of funding via crowdfunding (we're not rich, but we can support ourselves until release). We're planning to ...
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Can I date an experience on my resume earlier than the LLC was actually formed?

So up until now I have been listing a personal project (Android App) on my Resume under a "Projects" category for the past year. in this time I have spent close to 1000 hours on the project and am ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Am I missing out on important business skills if I only ever work for smaller companies? [closed]

Since starting to work, I've really only ever worked at startups. I like the close, friendly atmosphere and I enjoy the fact that my work immediately makes a difference in our products. I'm pretty ...
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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 ...

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