Questions tagged [startup]

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How to include not-launched-startup experience in resume?

On June 2012, two of my friends (let's say john and smith) and I worked full time on building a mobile application from scratch. Long story short, john left the team in July, and smith and I did not ...
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Startup not paying [closed]

I was working for a startup for the past year as salary. At the beginning of March I was told that we would no longer receive a paycheck until the funding was closed which could happen before the next ...
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How to build trust as a new company?

just curious... how companies build trust to other companies to offer services(cybersecurity) when your employees don't have certifications, but they are powerful employees. let's take the case of ...
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How does vesting in equity generally work?

When I joined a start-up 8 months ago, I was offered a 2.5% equity along with a fixed remuneration. I trusted the founder and didn't bother to ask for equity docs. After 6 months, there were some ...
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How to measure performance as a recent grad in a research-based startup?

TL;DR: I love the flexibility at my job, but I'm a recent grad with no mentor and unable to quantify performance. Some Background: I'm a recent grad working at a small startup focused on research ...
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Negotiating a huge change in responsibility - new start up

a company I was previously contracting for is interested in hiring me on a larger scale as the head of a new tech company they're considering to start. They have a viable business concept of which I ...
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How do I approach founders about salary inequality in a startup?

To add a little context, I joined a startup as a fullstack developer in late 2017, making me the fourth member of a team of two founders working sales, and me and a colleague doing the actual ...
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Am I being disloyal by jumping ship? [closed]

I am a key member of the team being a project manager managing the development team. We are currently building an in house start up product. Despite my differences with my boss/CEO when it comes to ...
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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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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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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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Ending contract prematurely due to inconsistent pay

I work in a vibrant startup. I love the culture, I love the environment. But recently the company I'm in ran into a financial problem, and it hit my payroll. At first I just get downpayments to my ...
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Balance between improving the system and generating revenue

I'm an online marketer, I'm doing two kind of tasks 1 - tasks that actually generate money 2 - tasks for improving my system, by developing tools, automation... My problem is sometimes I focus too ...
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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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Citing “company culture” as a reason for leaving in a company of 3 [duplicate]

I've decided to leave a start-up after a few months of employment because the boss has poor interpersonal skills, is disrespectful on a daily basis, and turns simple situations into stressful events. ...
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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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Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
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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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What's a good job title for one who has worn all the hats at a software start-up? [closed]

I recently left my job and I'm trying to figure out what title to put on my resume. I was somewhat of the technical co-founder, but not officially so. As a lot of folks who have worked in startups ...
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How to diplomatically reject an interview invitation from the former manager?

I'm a 3+ years experienced Software Developer in India. I left my previous organization during March 2020 and have been working in my current organization since then. My former manager also left the ...
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Raising a startup, but workmates are falling behind on their tasks. How to handle this?

My friends and I are currently raising a startup that will launch our first product at the end of Q3 this year. Apart from the freelance marketing team, this startup consists of three developers, ...
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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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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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How do I convince my co-workers to position me as CEO? [closed]

Me and a bunch of college graduates are in the beginning process of making a video game development startup. I was curious as to any arguments to use to position a person as CEO. Our team agrees that ...
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How do you manage productivity in a small team at a startup?

I recently joined a startup as a Developer and the work environment is very casual to say the least. There is no top management in the team i.e everyone reports to the founder. The problem is the ...
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Why do small start-ups provide internships? [closed]

I have seen a lot of intern job at small start-ups at Angel list and other job boards. I think since they are small start-ups, they generally don't have enough resources and time to train students. So,...
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How do I list entrepreneurial experience on my resume?

I co-founded a start-up in fashion industry, I intend to leave because of financial reason and not having a central role. My work was mostly involved in designing site & marketing. 1) How do I ...
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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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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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Breaking into a large organisation from a tech start up background

I am a Digital Product manager and have worked in many tech start ups throughout my career, for my next career move I want to move into a large organisation and work in an environment where there are ...
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Wrong new job, what to take into account before becoming a job hopper

After around two years working in my first job, I decided to try something new and accepted a new job at a promising startup that looked extremely interesting. A few weeks in and I began seeing it ...
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Is it unethical to promote startups in the company? [closed]

I am employed in a mid-sized multi-national software company with 500-1000 employees. In our company, we have several employee organizations (clubs) of different natures (e.g. basketball, swimming, ...
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Can we issue a certificate of employment for someone if our company is not legally registered?

I was a co-founder in my friend's startup for 6 months in India. It was something out of passion, not about money. So, the Company wasn't registered legally, all 10 of us were volunteering our ...
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Adding a home address to an LLC - real home address vs PO box vs private mailbox service

Can someone provide insight on the pros/cons of registering a business using (1) a real home address vs (2) a PO Box vs (3) a private mail service? The company is a small software consulting business/...
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How to list self-employment on a resume (multiple businesses)

I'm trying to avoid a gap on my resume. After leaving my previous employer I've been working on multiple businesses concepts over the course of two years. I researched each business individually ...
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Should I show previous moonlight experience on resume

After my graduate CS degree, I have worked for a large IT multinational company for the past five years. However, I worked with a startup for about two years on the side. We were hoping to get funded ...
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How to evaluate business-to-government startup as prospective employee

I received a job offer from a research and development startup whose revenue stream comes from government contracting for defense and intelligence agencies. I am not familiar with business-to-...
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Advice on how to manage a side project that a separate company wants to use?

I'm currently contracting full time but as a side project ive created a simple recommendation system. A company has approached me wanting to use the system. Currently its just packaged as a jar file. ...
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how to start as a programmer (freelancer)? [closed]

I want to start making money as a programmer, I'm on the third year at uni (mature student), I have skills but not at the top level since I have to work to maintain myself. for another time while ...
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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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At what point is it unacceptable for a company to not have anyone in a human resources role? [closed]

I work for a small company that is part of a closely-related group of small companies that are owned by the same handful of people. Between these 3-4 companies, there are maybe a total of 20-30 ...
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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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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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Awkward falling out with cofounder, what to do for W2? [closed]

I started a company with a friend from college after we were done with school. We had a huge adventure for about a year, building out a couple of products and taking in venture financing. I went from ...
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Negotiating Salary Increase while Furloughed

I've worked at a US software startup for 2.5 years. In that time I've been promoted and given consistently positive feedback for my work. The raise that came with the promotion puts me just ahead of ...
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Junior developer with a chance at managerial role [closed]

I've been working as the sole back end developer at a small startup for 2 years, and this has been the entirety of my software career. The front end work was all done by a similarly inexperienced part ...
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How to trust a freelancer and stop him from stealing my idea?

I am a computer graduate but the idea on which I want to start my startup is mechanical based. I have found a potential candidate but he live in a different country. He is completely new to me but ...
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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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How do I, a junior developer, ask for a senior's help? [duplicate]

I am a junior developer that recently graduated from a programming bootcamp. I studied front end development for three months and previously outside the bootcamp, I did not have any exposure to ...
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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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