Why join a startup?

This started as a comment to a job posting that I posted in Facebook. This is simply a gist of differences between startup and corporate culture, that made me choose a startup (from a choice of 1 startup and 1 corporate) and that I realized in my 9 months experience at the startup. This post is mainly targeted at college students who have heard from their senior friends and relatives only about corporate world and not having much idea about how different startup culture is. That said, this may seem trivial to some people.

Here goes the significant differences, not in any particular order. I wouldn’t categorize them as pluses and minuses. Those who find more pluses than minuses (not just in count, but in overall effect) are potential candidates for a startup 😉

  • No one gives you work to do. You take up responsibilities.
  • There will be no one to teach/train you. You learn by mistakes and so your learning will be much stronger.
  • You get to learn a lot of new technologies. And those are open technologies that will be useful to you even if you leave the company.
  • You are free to experiment things, as the company itself is experimenting its business ideas.
  • From no other place you can learn business better, if you are interested.
  • The office may not be multi-storeyed and fancy, but there is nothing like the fun you can have (not just the fun of coding, contact me offline to know more :P).
  • There will be no fixed working hours. Not even the “If you finish the work you can leave” stuff. You work for your satisfaction. If you prefer usual 9AM-5Pm working hours, corporate world suits you better.
  • You can take up responsibilities of any higher level (that would otherwise take years in a corporate to reach that position), if you are really interested. (For example, I’ve interviewed people).
  • As the team is much smaller (mostly single digit), your efforts can never go unnoticed.
  • Your thoughts and ideas are so significant. And decision making will be truly democratic.
  • You may not get periodical salary hikes and goodies in initial years. But once established, the growth can be exponential.

In short a start-up is for those who want to achieve great heights by following their passion, definitely not for those who want a stable regular life.

If you feel I’ve missed some points, feel free to comment below. It will be helpful to at least me 🙂

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