How to be successful at a startup?

Booking.com 🅱TO
Nov 8, 2018 9 Comments

I left a 🅱ig company and joined a startup. But now I'm having doubts. The tech is boring, and we don't have time / resources to invest in new cool solutions (no k8s, no cassandra, not even docker). We have great product, and our customers love us, but we're not huge and don't have much scalability problems. I joined thinking this would advance my career, but how would I even become a lead/mgmt if we're so small. At big company it was easy, work hard, give examples to your supervisor, if not in your team, I could always move to another team to have more responsibilities. But what do I do in a startup? Wait for my manager to leave? How should I best use my time here to advance my career?

TC: €100k

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  • Microsoft / Product @zzz
    These sound like very basic questions you should've asked before even considering a startup. Wtf were you thinking?
    Nov 8, 2018 4
    • Booking.com 🅱TO
      OP
      I moved for family reasons, staying was not an option. How do I prepare myself now to be successful in the future?
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      If the main criteria was family, how are any of the things you mentioned relevant.
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Snapchat shroomies
      Geez Microsoft. Having a bad day?
      Nov 8, 2018
    • Microsoft / Product @zzz
      No I am actually trying to help here. It's very important to compartmentalize and drill down into core issue that you are trying to dolce. Everything else is a distraction.

      If family is the main reason, then focus on it, and use everything else to support that.
      Nov 8, 2018
  • Google derpster
    What is up with the solid B. I keep seeing it everywhere. Someone please clue me in?
    Nov 8, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
      remus808

      New Eng

      PRE
      Google
      remus808more
      ni🅱️🅱️a please
      Nov 8, 2018
  • New Eríya
    When startups grow, opportunities and roles open up.

    When your startup grows, you'll find complexities growing and will have the opportunity to influence the direction the company takes with the valuable experience you bring to the table.

    When startups grow, your equity (generally) beats the equity that you get at large organizations.

    Point is, when your startup grows, you'll get all that you feel is missing today. Find out if your startup is growing or tanking and how confident you are about it. Then decide if you are willing to wait that long and take a risk with the hope that work will become more meaningful in times to come.
    Nov 8, 2018 0
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    You took that risk!
    Nov 8, 2018 0