30 Things People In Startups Know To Be True
by Chris Kolmar
- 3 years ago
1. You will report to the CEO, tell all your friends, and then quickly realize it’s not a big deal.
2. You will really enjoy going to work because everyone is so passionate about the product/idea.
3. You will always have something you could be working on / doing better / testing.
4. You will not have company money to spend on anything.
5. You will get to mold the culture of the business in your own image.
6. You will not make a ton of money, but you will gain a ton of experience.
7. You will find out what all the fuss is about A/B testing, product-market fit, and lean methodology.
8. You will get to work on anything and everything that helps the company.
9. You will actually have to do work. It’s impossible to hide laziness when there’s only 5 people.
10. You will experience change. Then some more change. And then that will change.
11. You will drink a lot of coffee. A. Lot. Of. Coffee.
12. You will have access to a lot of free food.
13. You will put on fifteen pounds.
14. You will make phone calls, talk to users, clean the office, and make a difference for the company.
15. You will hate open offices for the inability to get any peace and quiet.
16. You will love open offices because of the bonds you form with people.
17. You will need to do what you’re not asked to do in order to succeed.
18. You will teach yourself new skills because no one else will.
19. You will have pressure to hit specific metric/growth/revenue/cash goals.
20. You will not understand when other people talk about office politics.
21. You will gain access to the startup community and find people going out of their way to help you.
22. You will realize that huge exits are rare, so you better love what you’re doing.
23. You will need to be ok with done, not perfect.
24. You will hear terms like 80/20, bandwidth, take this offline, and work smarter not harder.
25. You will get used to failing quickly and learning from it.
26. You will probably deal with some kind of mild depression and/or self doubt and/or anxiety. Talk to people about it.
27. You will take risks.
28. You will try to achieve some semblance of work life balance, but probably fail.
29. You will find it really hard to unplug at night because you’re always thinking about some cool new feature.
30. You will love every second of it.