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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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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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Salary negotiation dilemma between established company and start up [closed]

So in past weeks there have been salary negotiations going back and forth between me and 2 companies Company A(Promising Startup). Company B(An Established Company.) A little background: 1)Company ...
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How to politely convey that I need a week to confirm the job offer I just received when I'm awaiting decisions of other startups? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from a startup, say A and it is pretty good, the only downside is that I will be the only developer there (as of now) as most of the work is outsourced. The work will be ...
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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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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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Can a company ask for money back that it promised an employee before joining? [closed]

I recently joined a startup. I was promised that I would be payed 6 months advanced salary to join the startup to mitigate the risks of leaving my then job at a very well established company. I ...
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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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Organizing a growing R&D startup - status/progress across multiple projects [closed]

I have recently been tasked with organizing the current status at my company. We work on a number of publically and/or privately funded R&D projects, and the amount of work has been increasing, ...
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Should I call out former boss for his unreasonable demands to return the equipment in solely his terms even if I am in no position to do so? [closed]

UPDATE: I had a cousin who invited me to his car ride. We are now bringing over the equipment to the office. We will not leave until we see my former employer. I also have a turnover document with me, ...
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Being recruited to develop a product that is very similar to my own pet product [closed]

As a recent grad, I spent the summer alongside two others in developing a non-commercial web-app that measures music similarity through the use of AI It caught the attention of a seed stage start-up ...
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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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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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How should you respond to banter among colleagues when you are new to a company? [closed]

I am about to join a new organization and I wonder how I should tackle negative banter from co-workers. The perception others have of you could be tainted with how you respond. What is the best way ...
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How do I improve in my role as liaison between engineering and customer support/sales?

Some context: I started working at a startup with 8 employees as a mid level developer about 3 months ago. One of the responsibilities I was tasked with is facilitating communication with our product ...
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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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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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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 should I fill out a “what I'm looking for” section of an online profile if what I'm looking for does not define my current job?

On a popular job profile website in my sector, there's a section for what you're looking for in a company. While I'm not explicitly looking right now, if I was, I'd be looking for something quite ...
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How many hours a week, over the long term, should a software developer work in order to maximize productivity? [closed]

Something came up in another post that I think can be settled by reference to actual published studies: How many hours should a TYPICAL software developer work over the LONG TERM in order to ...
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Created a startup company which is growing, but I'm far too inexperienced to do anything. How do I move on? [closed]

I haven't graduated university yet, and I created a startup company which is growing. There is no co-founder. It's just me. The issue is, I need to get some money in order to keep the servers running, ...
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Leaving a startup for another and work-life balance [closed]

First of all, I'm going to start off with a little bit of background. I'm 22 and graduated almost 2 years ago. I'm a very methodical and precise guy. I like working on analyzed projects and mature ...
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fastest way to switch job [closed]

I'm a software developer working for several years in same company. However, I've been stagnating technically speaking, as the other devs were higher level and older in the team, they were given all ...
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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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In a Limited Liability Company, how does a shareholder's equity get affected when subsequent changes to the company's shares occur? [closed]

I think an answer to the following simplified question should help me. If you would like to help me with my more specific scenario, then you can read the detailed question at the end. Thanks. -- ...
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Working at a startup company in addition to current job

Can I include in my resume that I'm working for free at a startup company in addition to my day job with my current company? How should I put it in my resume - volunteering?
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Joining a startup. What should I know? [closed]

I got an offer from a start-up (in Silicon Valley) which I believe has a really bright future. The team I am going to work with are very talented, and most importantly friendly. I believe I am going ...
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In a rapidly developing startup, is asking for a raise 6 months after receiving one going to make me look greedy and bad?

I know that 6 months is way too soon to be negotiating salaries in any usual context. My context is not usual. I joined the company as their first employee, after a couple year break from work for ...
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Does hopping between failing startups look bad on a CV? [closed]

The [job-hopping] tag reveals that hopping between more than a couple of jobs really damages the first impressions of a resume (the most canonical questions being here and here). But what if those ...
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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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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 to get my idea working? [closed]

I have an Idea in my mind which I think could make a big hit if become real. The problem I am facing is, I am not a good programmer and I couldn't get this working by myself. But the good part here is,...
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Starting software development contracting [closed]

I am going to start software development contracting after more than 5 years as a perm in London. I want to contract via ltd company. I don't know where to start. Should I open a ltd company and a ...
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Is it possible to hire a person even before registering the startup?

Suppose that a non-technical individual is trying to start a technical startup. He has not registered his company. He wants to hire a person to work on the system for him. Will a person agree to work ...
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Sociopath for coworker at startup [closed]

I work as a programmer at a small tech startup. The team is ~6 people. I've been working there almost 3 years. I am the first employee, but not a founder. One of the founders has treated me like ...
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Plan and negotiate with / for software development company contractor

I'm working in a 15ppl company as the (only) IT guy (Master of Computer Science) and my task was/is to oversee a software project development. We have worked with an (outsourced) software development ...
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What is an appropriate compensation structure for freelancing for an early-stage startup?

I was approached by a startup to do some work developing their product. They do not have revenue or funding yet and offered to pay a “market” salary for a contract period that would be 100% deferred ...
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How to find skilled people to start a company

I have an idea that I would like to monetize through a startup company (software based). Although I have the technical skills and a working prototype it is simply too much work for a single person to ...
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Side Gig (Similar to Main Job) - Professional & Legal Advice [closed]

I’ve recently started an LLC with a co-worker and am looking for some advice. We’re currently both employed by a fairly large company that produces software that is specialized and only really ...
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How to ask my boss for shares in company?

My friends and I have been working in a startup for over 1 year. They have spent more time in this company and have already completed 2 years of work. During this time, we participate in a project ...
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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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Compensation to start-up employees upon company's exit

Start-up I am working for is being acquired. What compensation should I expect not including equity I was given when joined the company, if any? And if I am offered such compensation, how can I ...
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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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C-level role at startup vs. middle mgmt role at large firm [closed]

I'm currently in consulting and considering these two positions for my next career step: Chief Data Officer at a startup where I'd get to architect a new platform from the ground up, build my team, ...
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Is it appropriate to approach a company in this situation? [duplicate]

I recently finished college and I have been searching for work as a software developer. After a few interviews I got in contact with a small startup which happened to be ideal as it is exactly what I ...
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Difficulty retrieving pay slip from company CEO

Six months back, I used to work in a company which was a start up located in India. I left the company around April 2020 (during pandemic). Due to that I couldn't collect any certificates. After that, ...
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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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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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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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How to organize a “startup” within a company? [closed]

Me and my colleague friend were working on a development (coding) idea for quite a while. We explored tools, possible services and created several prototypes of our idea. Eventually we became ...

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