By : Akhil R P
Working for a Startup – Points to ponder
Working for a startup has its own set of benefits. The most important one being your voice being heard as it’s a small team with a lot of vigor to grow fast. You get to express your views and get it validated and move fast forward in a team aimed at fast growth.
This is the definition of a startup from Sam Altman, President of Ycombinator.
A startup is a company designed to grow fast. Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding, or have some sort of “exit.” The only essential thing is growth. Everything else we associate with startups follows from growth.
You will feel motivated working in a small team. You can be the big guy anyway. A sense of accomplishment and entitlement will be there with you any day.
Greater responsibility & freedom
It’s the basic nature of a human being that when his thoughts are free, he becomes more creative and his work productivity will also increase. Contrary to repetitive clumsy processes in the corporate world, a startup life is fast paced and creates an urge of responsibility in you.
Necessity → Invention
You find quick and dirty ways when you are challenged. You develop street smartness by virtue of the challenges that you face.
Pay & benefits in a startup
In the long run, you will get ESOPs, equity. If the product does a home run, then there is no looking back.
You join as a programmer, but you will be asked for your inputs on design, architecture, team planning and project management. A wide spectrum of roles await you.
Enjoy responsibility & Learn
The things you learn in five years of corporate world, you will learn it in the first five months in a startup. But you have got to love the responsibility that comes along with your job description.
Innovation environment in a startup
You learn life hacks, you find easy ways to get things done since a startup has no silo mentality when it comes to getting things done and making decisions. The discussion rounds will be a maximum of one or two rather than a countless loop where decisions are taken after months.
Work doesn’t feel like work
You may put relentless hours at office without getting bored or tired since you feel that you are an integral part of the startup. You will not regret working late night or on holidays to meet tight deadlines.
The main startup lesson in all of this is to never underestimate the power of working for a startup organisation. Because startups can equip you with invaluable hands-on tools and experience, growing your skills, knowledge and even responsibilities rapidly. That’s something which is difficult to come by in a corporate organisation.
You work with the best, you learn the best.
Most of the points discussed above are those we follow here at Neovibe. We value commitment and nurture innovation. Do hop in to our office for a coffee when you are around. Or reach us at [email protected]