30 Things People In Startups Know To Be True

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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1. You will report to the CEO, tell all your friends, and then quickly realize it’s not a big deal.

Working for a startup

Source: SomeECard

2. You will really enjoy going to work because everyone is so passionate about the product/idea.

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Source: NomadWallet

3. You will always have something you could be working on / doing better / testing.

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4. You will not have company money to spend on anything.

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Source: SlideShare

5. You will get to mold the culture of the business in your own image.

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Source: StrategyLab

6. You will not make a ton of money, but you will gain a ton of experience.

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Source: LinkedIn

7. You will find out what all the fuss is about A/B testing, product-market fit, and lean methodology.

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8. You will get to work on anything and everything that helps the company.

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9. You will actually have to do work. It’s impossible to hide laziness when there’s only 5 people.

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Source: Pinterest

10. You will experience change. Then some more change. And then that will change.

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Source: Venture Burn

11. You will drink a lot of coffee. A. Lot. Of. Coffee.

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Source: Wikipedia

12. You will have access to a lot of free food.

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13. You will put on fifteen pounds.

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Source: The Prospect

14. You will make phone calls, talk to users, clean the office, and make a difference for the company.

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15. You will hate open offices for the inability to get any peace and quiet.

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Source: Wikipedia

16. You will love open offices because of the bonds you form with people.

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Source: PhotoBucket

17. You will need to do what you’re not asked to do in order to succeed.

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18. You will teach yourself new skills because no one else will.

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Source: 3tags.org

19. You will have pressure to hit specific metric/growth/revenue/cash goals.

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20. You will not understand when other people talk about office politics.

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Source: Feminiya

21. You will gain access to the startup community and find people going out of their way to help you.

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Source: Tech.co

22. You will realize that huge exits are rare, so you better love what you’re doing.

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Source: S.Co

23. You will need to be ok with done, not perfect.

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24. You will hear terms like 80/20, bandwidth, take this offline, and work smarter not harder.

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Source: Snrky

25. You will get used to failing quickly and learning from it.

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Source: FastCoDesign

26. You will probably deal with some kind of mild depression and/or self doubt and/or anxiety. Talk to people about it.

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Source: SlideShare

27. You will take risks.

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28. You will try to achieve some semblance of work life balance, but probably fail.

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Source: Quotez

29. You will find it really hard to unplug at night because you’re always thinking about some cool new feature.

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Source: NickShell

30. You will love every second of it.

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Source: G2web