Questions tagged [startup]

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

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Need written confirmation or contract?

I am collaborating with a marketing person to pitch a software idea in a competition where $50k is the prize/seed investment in the business. Work has not begun but the marketing person and I have ...
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Should I take my bosses idea and start my own company or should I ask for a raise? [closed]

Background For the last couple of months I have been discussing with my boss about a "sketch" idea that he have about creating a new technology startup. The initial concept was defined by him , but ...
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Is it normal to always expect equity when working at a startup? [closed]

I've seen an organization that claimed to be a 'startup' and they expected their employees to work 60+ hour weeks. The salaries are pretty weak and no one has been offered equity yet. There have only ...
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I was given stock options but never asked about strike price/vesting and now we are being acquired

As part of my employment offer, as well as in a year-end bonus package, I was provided options but in both cases only the quantity was specified. There was no mention of the strike price or the ...
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Should I apply for a job for which required skills I'm already prepared in or should I opt for a more challenging position and expand my knowledge? [closed]

I'm a 21 y.o. self-taught PHP/Mysql/Javascript developer with some important work experience. I have no knowledge of the .NET framework and just a very broad experience in C. I've been proposed to ...
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How to add a stealth mode startup to LinkedIn?

Several months ago, I left my job in tech to found a biotech startup with a few really great people. We spent several months working on it, we learned a lot, and finally we realized that now isn't the ...
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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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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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Startup Problems: How to ensure the other engineer is putting proper effort?

For all intents and purposes, I seem to have found myself in a two person start up. I don't want to go into too much detail for sake of anonymity. An idea a friend and I had spawned a profitable side ...
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What to do if I ended up working on interview question

I had an onsite job interview for a software position at a German startup, which included brainstorming at the whiteboard on how to solve a problem. I should hear back in a few days. The problem is ...
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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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Are there things that simply cannot be self-taught in software development unless working in a group? [closed]

I understand that there are things in software development that cannot be learned in school, even in a CS degree. As discussed, for example here, these include things like best practices, design ...
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Not getting feedback from the employer

I am working as a scientific project manager in a small startup Pharma company. Unfortunately, I have realized that  I am not getting any kind of feedback from my team lead. The most frustrating part ...
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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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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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Potential employer/client is vague, texts me on WhatsApp

I am a software engineer looking for short-term employment and/or work on a for-hire basis (for a number of reasons - I know I'll have other commitments in 2017-18). Now - there is this guy, who got ...
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How can I decide whether to partner as a member with an LLC that I helped create?

A business partner and I are creating a software consulting business. My role is the lead product developer (err, CTO?) that handles all technical aspects and he is the visionary interfacing with ...
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How much equity should I be asking for when sacrificing salary? [closed]

I'm trying to evaluate a job offer at a startup. I'm going to use some theoretical figures here. I asked for $12k pay and was offered $10k pay and $2k equity. There is a 1 year cliff period, and 3 ...
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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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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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difference in start-up based on size [closed]

What are some non-obvious differences between very small start-up (less than 10 employees) and slightly larger start-up (30 to 50 employees)? What are the specific pros and cons in working for either ...
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3 years working in China… without speaking Mandarin and working with an outdated tech, time to leave for a consulting position? [closed]

I started after my studies to work in a startup. The company got bigger and also shrink somehow but let's say we are now a small company with 30 persons while we were only 8 when the business started. ...
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Making the most of changes in role in organization

I'm a scientist/engineer at a startup, one year out of a PhD program (finished while working), have been working about 1 year, 3 months. Prior to last month, I had been working on many different ...
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Should I list on my resume my entrepreneurial project as freelance or own

I read that listing your side projects on your resume is a good idea. I'm currently working on an e-commerce project (I am a software engineer) since 2 years ago. It's a big project with a lot going ...
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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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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 joined as a fresher and after a week, my team leader left the Company. What do I do now? [closed]

I just got out of college and was excited to join a start up. My final year project was based on an Android application and was developed by my team and I. We developed it at home. This made me feel ...
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What should I tell the recruiter when I am leaving a company with an interesting project but poor management? [duplicate]

I have been working full-time for a software startup since I graduated (June 2015). The company is working on a very interesting project, but with very poor management(small team), no vision and no ...
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How to build a application development business on the side

I'm an application developer full-time but I'm trying to make a shift from working for someone else to starting a company primarily focused on custom application design/redesign. However, my target ...
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How to deal with an underperforming engineering manager at a startup? [closed]

I'm at a startup that was an amazing place to work before we hired a new manager last year. In the time since morale has dipped drastically and amazing engineers feel they can no longer affect the ...
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Negotiate for some equity

I have started an internship at a software start-up. I am paid just enough to pay my rent and food. This was made clear in the interview by the founder and CEO that "I'd like to pay you more, but can'...
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How to add previous job experience on my curriculum vitae while in charge of multiple departments?

TLDR: Worked at a start up where I was in charge of everything that was not finance related. Without a degree or real work experience I was responsible for all other departments and I learned myself ...
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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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When is a start-up no longer considered start-up? [closed]

I see companies which are almost 10 years old still being called start-ups, so... Are there any metrics to differentiate between a start-up and normal company?
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How do I represent startup experience on my resume? What would be an appropriate title to use? [duplicate]

I am working in a 10 person startup. We will be running the pilot project for our idea over the next few months. I want to write about the work that I did am doing in the startup on my CV and since we ...
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Stock options offer - questions employer should answer

When evaluating a stock option offer at privately-held start-up company, what questions re. the options plan the employer should be able to answer? What is really a private information that cannot be ...
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Can Solutions and Product Features be merged in a Pitch Presentation?

I have a single start-up app with multiple broadly-related features that solve unrelated problems with unrelated solutions Keeping in mind the audience attention, should I present the typical topics ...
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Screening with a new company, previous job a start-up

I recently received an offer for a job with a new company who have sent out a screening questionnaire with a request for 5 years of employment history. For the past 2.5 years I have worked for a large ...
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Is it safe to apply to a company backed by the same investors as my current company? [closed]

Let's say that I work at a company backed by a VC firm. It is safe to apply to a different company in which that VC firm has also invested? I know that VCs often hold networking events for founders, ...
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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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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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How to gracefully quit a job when I stuck within a project that doesn’t belong to the core business of the company? [duplicate]

I work as a developer for a startup. I maintain a product (let’s call it P) which is an integration tool for 3 years now. The product has a considerable functional and technical dept: Business side: ...
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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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How to deal with dishonest boss and colleagues [closed]

Characters: Me - senior year college student. Back-end and infrastructure dev.. Boss X - junior year (different) college student Colleague Y - junior year college student (same school as I, we meet ...
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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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How to adjust with Start-up environment which gives complex tasks? [closed]

I am new to programming and I work as a data analyst in a start-up. I find that its difficult for me to adjust with the start up environment. The seniors give me work like image processing and NLP ...
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Potential start up project failed, how do I put it on my CV? [closed]

I have spent the last 2 years working on a social media mobile app with my business partner who is the CTO. Together we've developed an API, backend, and developed a mobile app. I developed the ...
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startup etiquette: employee and supervisor meeting without me [closed]

I am the cofounder / CTO of a very small startup, ~4 people. We recently had to let go 2 people for differing reasons. As a result, we moved one engineer from working mostly on metrics to work on our ...
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How to approach manager about bad code base that needs immediate rewriting? [closed]

I just joined a new company which is a new start up, STILL applying for funds etc. The product is very promising and likely to be a success once fully released to the public (we're currently in a ...

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